Missions at Hope Ames 

Share your heart for service by participating in local and global mission projects at Hope Ames. Hope Ames works with a variety of missions partners to serve a diverse mix of needs. Current mission projects include the Souper Bowl food drive each winter, the Blast Back-to-School supply drive in the summer, and Lent and Advent projects.

There are many ways to serve here at Hope Ames!

Mission Trips

Volunteer Locally

Join the God Squad

Annual Projects

Go On a Mission Trip!

At Lutheran Church of Hope, we focus on building relationships with one another and those we meet around the state, country and world for the purpose of loving each other as family in Christ. We do not go to “do,” but to “be.” 

Encouragement is our act of service. By lifting the work done through local organizations and sharing with others about the strength and joy in Jesus, it enables us to serve one another.

When we return home, we advocate — first by praying for the places and people we encountered, then by seeking responsible, bold ways to share our experiences, humbly pointing to the faithfulness of God, and continuing to elevate the needs, service and work of the communities we visit. 

In our growing, we are serving, and in our serving, we are growing … building each other up as the body of Christ and developing the gifts God has given each of us to use in God’s kingdom.

2024 Global Mission Trips

Use the interactive map below to search through upcoming mission trips through Hope’s global mission partners.

Homes of Hope

Tijuana, Mexico

Jan. 19-22, 2024 May. 31-Jun. 3, 2024 Aug. 16-19, 2024 Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2024 Oct. 18-21, 2024

MDM (Medical Mission Trip)


Apr. 6-12, 2024



May. 6-17, 2024

Many Hands

Abaco (The Bahamas)

May. 14-21, 2024 Oct. 16-23, 2024

Robin’s Nest Children’s Home


Jun. 8-15, 2024

Convoy of Hope

Rockaway Beach, MO

Jul. 6-13, 2024


El Salvador

Jul. 27-Aug. 3, 2024



Sep. 7-18, 2024

Hopesters on the Ground

Large group photo of Ugandan Worshipers in Uganda

“Visiting Uganda was eye-opening in many ways, and God graciously revealed himself throughout our trip. We interacted with the girls and their children throughout their daily routines, which included morning and evening prayers (this consisted of singing, dancing and personal prayer time), offering to help with their daily work (such as laundry, cooking and gardening) and joining them in their classes (including literacy, hair-dressing, sweater-making, catering, business and the early childhood development programs for their children). We also organized and led Bible-based activities throughout the week, where we did a craft or activity with the girls and connected it to a biblical message.”

Anna Patton
Four women carrying cinder blocks at global outreach build

“Going to El Salvador truly changed how I see the world and strengthened my relationship with Jesus Christ. Getting to go there and work hard in building latrines for people in need maybe doesn’t sound glamorous, but it was the time of my life! I got to play with the village kids and God taught me that love and laughter can break any language barrier. It was an experience that I will be forever grateful for.”

Laura O’Connor

Volunteer in Our Local Community!

Homelessness, Low Income and Food Insecurity

Hope partners with many nonprofits that focus on helping individuals affected by homelessness, low-income hardships and food insecurities. There are multiple ways to serve, including in-kind donations, food preparation and service, camp cleanups and more. Below are ongoing needs, but many other opportunities exist:

Please email [email protected] to get additional information or get added to the email list for monthly requests, sign up for food donations or to serve a meal at the homeless shelter on the fourth of the month.

Volunteer repairing cabins at Riverside Bible Camp

Donation Opportunities

Hope has several mission partners that accept clothing, furniture and food donations year-round. These partners are also in constant need of help to sort through the daily donations they receive. For more information or to get involved in these ways to serve locally, please email [email protected]!

Volunteer woman sorting through donated backpacks for Back-to-School Drive

At-Risk and Underprivileged Youth

God loves us equally, no matter the circumstances, and there are several mission partners working to bring that hope to youth in our community! Through after-school, mentorship and backpack programs, retreats and meal assistance, there are ways to help serve with these partners, shining light in the darkness!

Families working together to maintain and beautify Hope's grounds

Community Cleanups

Help our partners with facility and grounds maintenance several times throughout the year. Tasks range from painting, landscaping, construction and even emergency response. This is a great way for groups, coworkers and families to serve together.

Our Local Mission Partners

Agape Logo
Alpha logo
Children & Family Urban Movement Logo
Central Iowa Shelter Services Logo
Change course logo
Clive community service logo
Convoy Of Hope Logo
Des Moines Valley Golf Club logo
DMARC logo
Dorothys House Logo
Family promise logo
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Logo
Freedom for youth logo
Genesis Youth Foundation Logo
Godspeed Equine logo
Grimes storehouse logo
Hope Furniture Ministry Logo
Hope ministries logo
IFamily Church Logo
Ingham okoboji lutheran church bible camps logo
Job Rides logo
Joshua Christian Academy logo
Lutheran Services in Iowa logo
Many Hands logo
Meals from the Heartland Logo
Meals on Wheels logo
Primary Health Care Logo
Prison Fellowship Logo
Riverside Logo
Ruth Harbor Ministries Logo
Sheepgate logo
Single parent provision logo
Starts Right Here logo
Valley Disaster Logo
Waukee area christian services logo
Well logo
Wildwood Hill Ranch logo
Wings of Refuge Logo

What’s Happening with Hope Missions Throughout the Year!

Hope works with our local mission partners throughout the year in several ways.

Souper Bowl Food Drive

Hope’s annual food drive aligns with the weekend of the Big Game, and all collections are given with the goal to stock the shelves of every food pantry in the community.

Lent Project

February – March
During the season of Lent, Hope partners with different mission partners to raise money for various projects.

Vacation Bible School Mission Project

As over 6,000 kids attend Vacation Bible School, Hope collects nonperishable food items for local food pantries.

Back-to-School Drive

While kids head back to school, Hope hosts a school supply drive to help kids in need.

Advent Project

During the season of Advent, Hope partners with different mission partners to raise money for various projects.

Join the God Squad

Hope’s God Squad

Volunteer at Hope and the Community!

The God Squad is a group of missionally-minded people who are excited about serving within the walls of Hope, the community and through our current mission partners. Subscribe to the God Squad email list to receive information on current volunteer opportunities!

volunteer serving food

Missions Board

The Missions Board is a volunteer-led board of Hope members who serve two-year terms, meeting monthly to review financials, evaluate, vote and recommend mission partners, develop relationships with mission partners, and vision cast with the Hope Missions Team and senior leadership. For more information or to learn about how to apply for a board position, please email Chris Barfels, Missions Director.

Stay Connected with Missions!

Join our newsletter

The quarterly Missions e-newsletter includes updates from Missions Board members, a director’s update, and highlights of mission partners and trips.