The Way Out Ministries

Hawaiian Gardens, California

At just nine-tenths of a square mile, Hawaiian Gardens, California is the smallest incorporated city in the United States. Yet the city just outside Los Angeles was the setting of the largest gang raid in American history (Operation Knockout, May 21, 2009). Although Hawaiian Gardens has made much progress since then, gangs, drugs, addictions, homelessness, and crime are still serious problems for the people who live there. Through the work of The Way Out Ministries, many lives have been changed with the good news of Jesus Christ. Your skills can help support The Way Out Ministries as it lives out its mission in this community.

Partner ministry: 
The Way Out Ministries
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Volunteer opportunities: 

Individuals or couples are needed from June to August to assist with an inner-city VBS program, community outreach, serving people experiencing homelessness, carpentry, maintenance, painting, and other projects. Volunteers should be flexible, active, and willing to serve in a variety of ways.


Limited accommodations are available, but The Way Out Ministries will work to help volunteers find affordable housing options near the ministry.

Cost notes: 

Cost varies based on season and type of work. Volunteers are responsible for raising support to cover expenses.


Skills in teaching the Bible, tutoring, and recreation are helpful for volunteers who will be working with the children’s programs. Bilingual language skills (Spanish and English) are very helpful.

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.