For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
All who are sent on a short-term trip by Bethlehem must complete our Short-Term Ministry Trip Application. This includes both individual short-term trips through agencies (such as Converge, Campus Outreach, etc.) as well as Bethlehem-sponsored short-term trips.
If you are interested in being considered to lead future Bethlehem Short-Term Ministry Trips, contact the Global Outreach Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bethlehem Short-Term Ministry Trips
Each year, Bethlehem takes a number of short-term ministry trips to bless and support our global partners and other ministry connections.
Availability for trips is limited, so applying does not guarantee a spot on the trip. You will be contacted by the Global Outreach Department once your application has been processed. All trips are ranked on a scale from one to three based upon the level of spiritual maturity needed for each trip.
Bosnia: December 27, 2015–January 9, 2016 (Level 2)
Team will build relationships to share the love of Christ through a snowboard and ski camp.
Ecuador: January 15–25 (Level 2)
The STMMC is organizing a two week trip to Ecuador to assist Dr and Mrs Steve Nelson, BBC Global Partners with Reach Beyond mission agency to provide help as needed in the jungle and in Shel Mera, Ecuador. This is a good trip for someone prayerfully considering medical missions work in the future. Activities will not be limited to medical work.
Team will help serve the community at a local English-language school, to have intentional conversation about spiritual things, and to help identify and develop strategic relationships for the long-term team to follow-up with.
Cost: ~ $3,500
A soul care trip for servants abroad within an English Language teaching organization. We will host a prayer room at their Annual conference and be available to minister to the needs of the 600 organization's personnel there.
Cost: ~$ 1700
East Africa: March 25–April 10, 2016 (Level 2)
Team will go for a week of basketball, cultural exchange, and inter-faith dialogue. Additionally, we are looking for basketball “experts”(those who’ve played in college or have coached at the high school level) to invest in the development of our coaches and top players.
BAM Trip- India: March 2016 (Level 2)
Thailand: March 3–12, 2016 (Level 1)
The team will meet with a BBC Global Partner and visit Bible translation work. We will meet indigenous people in Thailand and a neighboring country and worship with a minority group that loves Jesus. This is a good trip for those prayerfully considering Bible translation in their future, especially in SE Asia.
India: April 24–May 8, 2016 (Level 3)
We will be helping Reach All Nations with their annual convention for local pastors. All the RAN churches gather together once a year to spend time in prayer, Word, and fellowship.
Congo: April 30–May 14, 2016 (Level 3)
This will be a prayer/vision trip, and we will be observing and learning about both the physical and spiritual needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sweden: May 26–June 8 (Level 1)
We will focus on prayer and helping local churches, church planters, missionaries and Cru ministries in Sweden by listening, learning, helping, encouraging and then praying and helping more with the insight they give us.
Ohio: June 10–17, 2016 (Level 1)
We will partner with our Global Partners encouraging those who are and will be serving behind the scenes in missionary aviation. As the adults are in the plenary session for the spiritual life conference we will be working with the children.
San Diego: July (Level 1)
We will partner with one of our TCT church planters in San Diego for a project called “Serve the City.” They gather the local kids every year for a basketball camp and also do other service projects around the city.
Haiti & Dominican Republic: July 8–23 (Level 1)
We will support a local church in the Dominican Republic with community development, children's Bible school, evangelism, and community outreach.
SE Asia: July 7–24 and July 7– August 5 (Level 3)
We will directly assist our Global Partner’s efforts to see the gospel transform this almost 100% Islamic group. We will experience the Sea Tribe culture up-close and in-person with the assistance of the national guides. In the villages we will participate in community development programs, traditional Sea Tribe cultural events, and local sports.
Cost: ~$3,300 and $3,700
Zambia: August (Level 2)
We will support our Global Partners and their Action Zambia C.R.O.S.S. Project team by delivering healthcare training workshops and evening sessions on suffering and Biblical perseverance to various church pastors and members, who are then able to minister for those impacted by HIV / AIDS. The team will also provide a three day relaxation and encouragement retreat for the Action Zambia team and their families.
Santisuk (Individual Trip): Self-Scheduled, 1-12 months (Level 1)
Teaching one or more of the 4 levels of evangelistic English classes to Thai students. Build relationships with them to share the Gospel.
Cost: ~$ 2400
Club 4th Trips
These trips minister specifically to global partner children by providing childcare and biblical teaching for them at
missions conferences. To learn more, visit club4th.org.
South Asia: January 6-16 (Level 2)
Bali: June 10-16 (Level 2)
Turkey: June 26-July 1 (Level 2)
Thailand: August 3- 10 (Level 2)
MERC Turkey or Cypress: September 10-16 (Level 2)