Global Outreach Trip Opportunities
Deadline for J-Term 2016 Applications: March 26, 2015.
All trip dates are flexible and subject to change -- check with Global Outreach Center to confirm dates and for specific country locations.
Taiwan. Team of 8 students. January 2–22.
Students will partner with Taiwanese churches, high school students, & university students to build relationships around cultural interchange that will lead to relational evangelism and discipleship of young Christian believers. We will use praise & worship, sports, games, English teaching, Bible storying, drama, and/or whatever other talents God provides the team to assist work among Taiwanese churches.
North Africa. Team of 4-6 students. December 28 – January 22.
Students will assist local workers in building new relationships and deepening existing relationships with a difficult-to-engage population, particularly among the younger generations. This trip will focus more on 'living life' with people than doing specific ministry activities; however, the trip will likely include vast amounts of prayer and teaching English. Learning about Muslim culture and sharing about our culture will be a huge platform for building relationships. If the team has people with some sort of sports background, that might also be used as a platform for ministry.
Amazon (Peru & Brazil). 8 + students. December 28-January 22.
Students will travel to remote areas along the Amazon to work in river communities where they will have opportunities to form relationships with the people, share truth through storying, and demonstrate the love of Jesus. The primary means of interaction will be through soccer and volleyball, offering some basic first aid care, working, fishing, and hunting with the people in the community. This is a very physically demanding trip with the potential of being far removed from modern society (i.e. hospitals, electricity, clean water), but it is one of the most rewarding trips you can ever experience!
Ind*a. Team of 8 students. December 28-January 22.
Students will partner with a local church in ministry and outreach among the majority population. We will use passions, gifts, knowledge, and abilities brought by the team to strategically plug in to the work God is doing among these people. Time will be spent loving, serving, and ministering to university students, families in the slums, and disenfranchised people in the community.
South Korea. Team of 6-8 students. January 2- 22.
Students will work with local believers in outreach and ministry, building relationships and seeking opportunities to share their faith. This trip will be heavily focused on serving and encouraging them as they seek to grow and share the Gospel with their community. There will be ample opportunities to build relationships with college students and the younger generations through cultural exchange. Activities will likely include teaching English and street evangelism. Students will be enormously blessed and encouraged by the love, joy, and servanthood exhibited by the Korean believers!
Ch*na: Cool Mountain People. Team of 4-6 students. December 28-January 22.
Students will come alongside church planters to further the ministry among an unreached people group. We will use passions, gifts, knowledge, and abilities brought by the team to strategically plug in to the work God is doing among these incredibly hospitable and accepting people. Some standard activities include Bible storying and other forms of evangelism, hiking out to spend a few days at a time in remote villages, and eating interesting food! This trip may be particularly appealing to students interested in art and/or backpacking, due to the remoteness of the villages and the beauty of the landscape. We especially need girls on this team, in order to build relationships with women and children in the communities.
Mexico: Reynosa Children’s Home (Greek Club Students & Clinical Students). January (1 week; dates TBD).
Students will spend several days at Reynosa Children’s home, which is located in a compound and exists to provide love, hope, and education to children who would likely otherwise end up joining cartels. Participants will spend three days performing physical labor to maintain and upgrade the facilities. There will also be opportunities to build relationships with the children and workers and join them in worship services. Clinical students will join this trip to perform medical screenings, so Spanish speakers will be enormously helpful for interpretation!
Mexico: Medical. Team of 4-7 students. January 7-18.
Rising junior & senior nursing students will seek to share the love and hope of Christ through medical clinics in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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New York (available to all students)
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South Asia: Local Outreach Ministry
Participants will partner with a local church. The team will participate in gatherings and join the local body of believers in other avenues of outreach. Focus people groups will include university students, as well as people living in situations of urban disenfranchisement.
Northern Asia: English & Evangelism
This team will participate in a variety of ministry activities. Possibilities include acting as leaders/speakers for a guest symposium on American culture, English clubs & indoor/outdoor activities, and park evangelism.
Central Asia: University Students. May 16-June 15. Team of 8-10 students.
Students will participate in a “cultural exchange” program living on a university campus and interacting with local students through studying the local language and culture. As relationships are formed team members will have opportunities to share their faith. Tours of local businesses and cultural sites will be part of the exchange. Students will spend a few days living with host families. One or more service projects will also be conducted in participation with the university's servant-leadership program and/or the local church. Students will be eligible to earn 1 credit of "cultural internship" credit from the university that is transferable to OBU as an elective.
Europe: Central Asian Peoples. May 23-June 23. Team of 4-6 students.
Students will work to find ways to engage and build relationships with Central Asian diaspora peoples through a variety of methods including prayer walking, visiting mosques, teaching English, hanging out in ethnic cafes and restaurants, all-day picnics, and a variety of other ministry activities.
Southeast Asia: South Asia Refugees. Team of 5-10 students. May 23-June 23.
Students called to this trip will be working with refugees of a minority religious background from South Asia. They will visit refugees in their homes, give them food, share the gospel, and spend some time teaching refugee children. Students will also visit refugees detained at the Immigration Detention Center. The ideal team will have an equal number of girls and guys; if not, the preference is for more girls.
East Asia: Children and Evangelism. Team of 6-8 students. June 28-July 18.
Participants will provide childcare for field workers during the first week, while parents attend a regional conference. There is also a need for 1-2 additional people to lead worship for the adults during this time. The remaining two weeks will be spent leading evangelistic efforts among university students and other groups, discipling local believers, and going into homes to tutor children for one hour sessions.
East Asia: University Students. Team of 6-8 students. June 1-July 1.
Students will participate in a cultural exchange program living on a university campus and interacting with local students through: studying the local language, teaching English, playing sports, etc. As relationships are formed, team members will have opportunities to share their faith and study the Word one-on-one.
South Asia: T-People. Team of 6 students.
Participants will have many evangelism and discipleship opportunities. Team members need to be relational, self-motivated, and committed to obeying God. There will also be opportunities for conversational English, sports outreach, and learning the local language and culture. But mostly the team will immerse themselves in the local community looking for persons of peace, sharing, teaching, discipling, and prayer walking.
Details for this trip are still being developed.
Manchester: University Students. May 25-June 25.
Participants will assist the local workers to reach out to the 100,000 university students and 100,000 urbanites in the Manchester city center. Only about 1-2% are Christian. We partner with local ministries and seek ways to engage people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The team will assist in organizing and planning student events and activities in order to build relationships with students and help them know and have faith in Jesus Christ. The team will also reach out and engage the wider community to be a light for the Gospel in Manchester.
Central Europe: Sports Ministry.
Limited space; please see GO Center for more information. This trip will consist of football and English camps.
Southeastern Europe: Roma Peoples. July 15-August 12. Team of 4-8 students.
The team will join in ministry to a Roma (Gypsy) community as well as to children at a local orphanage. Ministries may include crafts and English teaching to children as well as storying through a sports/Bible camp. Ministry will also involve holding house-church at a local café. If the team desires, they may plan and carry out other creative outreach ministries. This trip is best suited to students who enjoy futbol, and want to work with children living in poor and broken communities who are at high risk for trafficking.
Horn of Africa: Orphans. Team of 6-8 students. May 19-June 8.
Students will come alongside those serving in ministry to orphans by leading VBS classes and activities, assisting with Sunday meetings and classes for children, and working with local leaders to develop a new school program.
North Africa. Team of 4-6 students.
Assist local workers in building new relationships and deepening existing relationships with people in the community, particularly the younger generation in their 20s and 30s. This trip will focus more on 'living life' with people than on doing specific ministry activities; however, if the team has people with some sort of sports background, that might be used as a platform for ministry.
Central Africa: Orphans & Elderly & Hospital. Team of 4-10 students. May 18-June 8.
Team members will build relationships through ministering to kids in Roots4Kids Cameroon, an orphanage located at upper Bokova in Buea, as well as serve and encourage elderly and needy widows in some villages in collaboration with local churches. Team members will also shadow in the Buea district hospital where they will be able to share their faith and pray with medical personnel and patients.
Participants will put on a week-long VBS for the children of area workers. The remaining three weeks, the team will assist in outreach and ministry with local workers.
This team will spend time attempting to build relationships among different groups in the community. Activities might include working at preschools and building relationships with teachers, sharing the Gospel, and trying to reach the parents by sending students home with pamphlets and prayer walking. Time will also be spent at a university, meeting people and doing Bible studies with believers and nonbelievers. Another possible opportunity is teaching English with refugees from the Horn of Africa. Several days will be spent traveling to another community to go into schools and teach True Love Waits.
Hawaii. Team of 6-8 students.
Activities include: welcoming arriving international students, participating in island tour activities with internationals, befriending students and being a Christian witness, and cleaning and maintenance of the International Baptist Centre. Participants will also have opportunities to increase their cross-cultural ministry experience, participate in a cultural awareness seminar, visit a Mormon Temple and other religious sites, eat food from different countries, and interview international students.
Portland, Oregon. Team of 6-8 students. 8 weeks: Dates are flexible.
Students will partner with Parachute Project, which is a program that gives college students the experience of first-hand church-planting in some of the most un-churched regions of America. Students will discover, plan, and implement ministry based on what God is doing in the community and the team’s giftedness. Men and women are needed for this trip. They will be taught and immersed in what it means to plant churches. This is a great opportunity for those that desire to be disciples and make disciples.
Canada. Late June - Mid July.
Team members will put on a VBS for a week, spend time assisting local workers, and spend time partnering with a local church to help them build a stronger presence in the community. Team members will potentially have the opportunity to receive cross-cultural training as well, which would include visiting religious sites of several different people groups and religions.
My People: Church Planting GO Trips.
Locations: Milwaukee, Seattle, NYC, Georgia, & Ohio