Global Outreach Trip Opportunities

An OBU student bonds with a child on a GO trip.

Apply by October 22, 2015 for Spring Break and Summer 2016 Trips

All trip dates are flexible and subject to change -- check with Global Outreach Center to confirm dates and for specific country locations.


J-Term 2016

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.

Netherlands: Central Asian Peoples. Team of 4-6 students. December 28-January 22. 

Students will work alongside a team seeking to connect Central Asian immigrants to the biblical world within the context of planting Central Asian Churches. They will seek to find ways to engage, build relationships, and share the gospel through a variety of methods including prayer walking, mosque visits, teaching English, drinking chai, eating in ethnic restaurants, and a variety of other ministry activities. 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. 


Spring Break 2016

 

New York Vision Trip

Develop a vision for reaching the nations by making a global impact through urban gateways. Students will work alongside church planters in New York City who are attempting to sow the seed of the gospel and make disciples among the hundreds of different people groups represented in the city. There will be several focus areas which students can choose to participate in, including unreached people groups and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Dominican Republic (Music trip). Team of 10-12 students.

Voce Vera will travel to the Dominican Republic to serve God with their talent by working with youth, praise teams, children’s homes, and other church ministries.

Civil Rights Tour—Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Details for this trip are still being developed.


Summer 2016

Asia

Kazakhstan: University Students. May 14-June 11. Team of 8-10 students.

Participate in a “cultural exchange” program by living on a university campus and interacting with local students. Team members will study the local language and culture. As relationships are formed, the team will have opportunities to share the gospel. 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 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.

Central Asian Peoples. Mid May-Mid June (3-4 weeks). Team of 4-6 students.

Join us as we learn about the city and learn what it looks like to live overseas. Together we will seek to engage and build relationships with Central Asian peoples. Students will work alongside a team focused on church planting among a people group who, for the most part, has never had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Prayer, evangelism, and building relationships will be key to planting the seed of the gospel.

China: University Students. Mid May-Late June (4-6 weeks). Team of 6-8 students.

Participate in a cultural exchange program by living on a university campus and interacting with local students. Team members will study the local language, teach English, play sports with university students, and more. As relationships are formed, team members will have opportunities to share their faith and study the Word one-on-one.

India: T-People. Mid May-Late June (6 weeks). Team of 6 students.

Participants on this GO Trip will have many evangelism and discipleship opportunities. Team members must be relational, self-motivated, and committed to obeying God. There will be opportunities for conversational English, sports outreach, and culture immersion. The team will involve itself in the local community looking for persons of peace, sharing, teaching, discipling, and prayer walking.

Taiwan. Dates TBD. Team of 6-8 students.

Travel to Taiwan to engage with Taiwanese university students. Join us as we serve primarily on college campuses -- in English classes, coffee shops, and more -- working within established strategies to use the English language as a way to minister to university students. We will also provide support in planning and implementing church outreach events designed to connect unbelievers with local churches.You will have the opportunity to develop relationships with those unfamiliar with the Gospel and in turn share Christ. Take this chance to foster an appreciation for a new culture and to experience a college campus completely different from Bison Hill -- one waiting for the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Japan. Dates TBD. 6-8 students.

The Japan team will serve a local church as they begin a new kindergarten/nursery program to help a community with a high percentage of single mothers and children. Students will serve through tasks such as cleaning, outdoor labor, and child care. They will also have opportunities to lead worship, share testimonies, teach English, lead a summer event for local students, and serve in cultural study classes in schools. Previous child care and/or children’s ministry experience preferred.

Indonesia (Medical). Mid May-Mid June (2-3 weeks). 4-6 students.

Travel to the Island of Sumatra, City of Bandar Lampung to work in the Rumah Sakit Immanuel Hospital. Students and faculty will work alongside nursing staff at the hospital in multiple care areas, including Medical Surgical, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, Intensive Care and Outpatient Clinics. Students may also work with the evangelism team to offer spiritual support to the patients in the hospital, praying with clients and being the hands and feet of Jesus while providing care and comfort for physical as well as spiritual needs. Nursing Majors who have completed NURS 2024 or higher are encouraged to apply. 


Europe

England. Mid May-Mid June (4 weeks). Team of 4-6 students.

Assist local workers to reach out to the 100,000 university students and 100,000 urbanites in the Manchester city center, of whom only 1-2% are Christian. The team will partner with local ministries and seek ways to engage people with the gospel. Students will assist in organizing and planning events and activities that will build relationships with university students and introduce them to Christ. The team will also reach out and engage the wider community to be a light for the gospel in Manchester. Participants should be relational, self-motivated, and committed to patiently and boldly sharing the gospel.

Bulgaria. Mid June-Mid July (4 weeks). Team of 4-8 students.

Serve a Roma (Gypsy) community as well as children in a local orphanage. Ministries may include crafts and teaching English to children, as well as storying through a sports/Bible camp. Students will participate and help with 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 for students who enjoy soccer, and want to serve children living in poor and broken communities who are at high risk for trafficking. Athletes and artists are encouraged to apply.

Switzerland. Early-Mid July (2 weeks).

Travel to Grindelwald, Switzerland to provide leadership, encouragement, and discipleship at a youth camp called Euroventure. The camp is designed for students in 6th-12th grade and serves expat families from all over Europe, as well as English speaking churches from Europe and the Middle East. This camp has over 18 countries and 14 nationalities represented. Team members will serve as small group leaders, spiritual mentors, recreation coordinators, and possibly worship leaders. D-Now and Super Summer experience is a plus. This is a unique opportunity to see the nations come together to know Christ more fully.


Africa

Zambia. May 24-June 20. Team of 7 students. 

Students will travel to Northern Zambia where they will share the gospel in remote villages, work alongside field workers to establish exegetical Bible studies, build relationships with local believers, experience the communal nature of African culture, and be challenged in their personal walks with the Lord. Students should be physically equipped to hike to remote areas and camp in the African bush.

Tanzania.

Details for this trip are still being developed.

Ethiopia. Mid May-Mid June (3 weeks). Team of 6-8 students.

This team will take part in ministry to teenage orphans.  Students will mentor the teens as they reach out to their community. The goal of this outreach is to help families stay together, learn practical life skills, and share the life-saving Good News.  In another area, the team will have the opportunity to visit churches in outlying villages of Ethiopia.  They will have the opportunity to talk with pastors, meet community members, witness testimony and baptism, and minister to the local children through drama and sport ministries. Students interested in sports and drama are encouraged to apply.

North Africa. Mid May-Mid June (4 weeks). 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, team members’ strengths will be used as needed for specific ministry opportunities, including athletics and the arts.

Cameroon. Mid May-Mid June (3 weeks). Team of 4-10 students.

Share the love of Christ as you build relationships with kids in schools and an oprhanage. The team will also serve and encourage elderly and needy widows in collaboration with local churches. Students will also shadow in the Buea district hospital where they will be able to share their faith and pray with medical personnel and patients.

South Africa. Dates TBD. Team of 4-6 students.

Details for this trip are still being developed.


North America

Belize

Details for this trip are still being developed.

California (GenSend). June 20-July 29. Team of 10 students.

Students will partner with 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.

Portland (GenSend). June 20-July 29. Team of 10 students.

Students will partner with 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.