Mission Trips

What is the mission trip experience all about?

A short-term mission trip is an exciting, engaging experience in which faith is put into action by partnering with brothers and sisters from different cultures and life experiences.

Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church of Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, mission trip to LaCeiba, Honduras. Photo by Ed Wagner

Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church of Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, mission trip to LaCeiba, Honduras. Photo by Ed Wagner

Participation in a mission trip offers you and your church group a chance to share your time and talents with mission partners from other countries and other cultures and to learn, worship and serve together.

Equipping for Mission Involvement is the PC(USA) World Mission program that provides resources that will help you and your mission partners to see themselves with new eyes as, together, you cross cultural and spiritual borders.  When you return home, we can help you to continue the growth you experienced on your trip  in a variety of ways.

Tools for trip leaders

As you prepare and plan for your mission trip experience, find ways to ensure that it is an enriching experience for both you and the community you will be visiting. Use the resources below as you begin your journey in God’s incredible mission.

Planning and leading a mission trip

  • Doing Short Term Mission Well: Prepare, learn and sharedownload here or click here for online access
    Presbyterian Outlook article written by Ellen Sherby, coordinator for Equipping for Mission Involvement.
  • How do you decide on the destination for a mission trip?download here
    Deciding on your mission trip destination is a discernment process that can engage your congregation’s or presbytery’s mission committee and other groups. The questions in this document will help your group in the discernment process of selecting a destination.
  • Best Practices for Mission Tripsdownload here
    Follow these suggestions to ensure your group has a great mission trip experience.
  • Sample Mission Trip Scheduledownload here
    Use this mission trip schedule template to ensure that your trip offers a good balance between activity and relationship-building; action and reflection; giving and receiving.
  • Great Mission Trips: Tips for Leadersdownload here
    Use this guide if you are the mission trip leader to help you plan a meaningful and well-organized mission trip.
  • Doing Good…Says Who? goes deep into best practices for mission, featuring five stories that explore key principles centered on mutual respect and trust. The book includes a discussion guide.  Learn more
  • When God’s People Travel Togetherclick here
    A three-volume set, including a leader’s manual, a resource to help participants reflect on their experiences and Bible studies on partnership
  • Faith in Action, by Stephen Knisely and Gabrielle Beasley – click here
    A two-volume set for reflection on sustainable mission involvement. Interactive sessions by Gabrielle Beasley offers practical lessons and worksheets for mission education.

Reflection and education about short-term mission

  • What We Bring With Us: A letter from Doug Orbaker, former mission co-worker in Nicaragua – download here
    Mission is the life we bring with us when we go to another place to serve, and it is the even richer life that we take back with us when we return.
  • When Canned Food Drives Are No Longer Enoughdownload here
    Presbyterians Today article written by Christine Coy Fohr, a former World Mission consultant for mission leaders.

Find mission trip opportunities

For international mission trips, group leaders are encouraged to contact PC(USA) mission co-workers in the region to seek more information and enter a process of discernment. These partnership facilitators walk alongside groups as they plan, lead and reflect on mission experiences. They can be helpful to you before, during and after your mission trip. For a list of these contacts and the regions in which they work, click here.
For information on national mission opportunities, please click here.
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Additional mission opportunities

Disaster relief mission trips
Information on how your group can help communities affected by disasters.

Presbyterian Women Mission Trips
Presbyterian Women also organizes regular trips to participate in mission work or learn about the mission needs of a particular region.

Please note that a listing on this Web page does not imply an endorsement of the mission site by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Contacts for Mission Trips and Partnerships

Mission TripsInterested in planning an international mission trip, but don’t know where to start? Want to establish a long-term mission partnership, but would like some guidance? Many of our mission coworkers serve as partnership facilitators, helping to connect US Presbyterians with sites around the world. They may be able to help you as you begin this mission journey!

Africa | Asia | Latin America and the Caribbean | Middle East | Europe and Central Asia

AFRICA

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

COUNTRY OR REGIONCONTACTCONTACT INFORMATIONMINISTRY FOCUSMISSION PROFILE LINK
US–Mexico BorderAndres Garcia and
Gloria Salazar
andres.gloria@gmail.comPresbyterian border ministryMission profile
BrazilFarris and Thelma Goodrumfarris.goodrum@pcusa.orgCenter of Theological FormationMission profile
HaitiSuzette Goss-Geffrardsuzette.goss-geffrard@pcusa.orgShort term mission,
Partnership
Mission profile
Colombia and Andean Region (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)Rev. Sarah Henkensarah.henken@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
Dominican Republic and
Caribbean region
Jo Ella Holmanjoella.holman@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
BrazilMarta Kerr Carrikermarta.carriker@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, HondurasTracey King-Ortegatracey.king-ortega@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
PeruRev. Jed Koballjed.koball@pcusa.orgJoining Hands Against Hunger; Young Adult VolunteersMission profile
US–Mexico BorderMark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobarmark@fronteradecristo.orgFrontera de CristoMission profile
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, BrazilDennis Smithdennis.smith@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
BoliviaChenoa Stockchenoa.stock@pcusa.orgJoining Hands Against HungerMission profile
NicaraguaJustin Sundbergjustin.sundberg@pcusa.orgCouncil of Evangelical Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD)Mission profile
El SalvadorKristi Van Nostrankristi.vannostran@pcusa.orgJoining Hands Against HungerMission profile
GuatemalaRev. Leslie Vogelleslie.vogel@pcusa.orgCEDEPCA (Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Latin America)Mission profile
HondurasTim and Gloria Wheelertim.wheeler@pcusa.orgHeifer Project InternationalMission profile
HondurasRev. Mark and Ashley Wrightmark.wright@pcusa.orgPartnership, Theological EducationMission profile

MIDDLE EAST

COUNTRY OR REGIONCONTACTCONTACT INFORMATIONMINISTRY FOCUSMISSION PROFILE LINK
Middle EastRev. Parkerelmarie.parker@pcusa.org
Palestine/IsraelRev. Kate Taberrevkatetaber@outlook.comMission profile

EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

COUNTRY OR REGIONCONTACTCONTACT INFORMATIONMINISTRY FOCUSMISSION PROFILE LINK
Northern Ireland and United KingdomRev. Doug Bakerdoug.baker@pcusa.orgYoung Adult Volunteer Program, PartnershipMission profile
Czech RepublicRev. Karen Moritzkaren.moritz@pcusa.orgMission profile
Russia, Germany, Belarus,
Eastern Europe
Ellen Smithellen.smith@pcusa.orgPartnershipMission profile
RomaniaElizabeth Searlesliz.searles@pcusa.orgMission profile

ASIA/PACIFIC

 

Resources

Mission Trip Tools: Presbyterians Today article

This article – When Canned Food Drives Are No Longer Enough – from Presbyterians Today (2012) can serve as a starting point for congregations who want to do short-term mission trips. More resources, information and tools on short-term mission trips are available here.

Mission Trip Tools: Letter from Nicaragua

Mission is the life we bring with us when we go to another place to serve, and it is the even richer life that we take back with us when we return. This letter from former mission co-worker Doug Orbaker provides context for mission trips. More information, resources and tools for short-term mission trips are… Read more »

Mission Trip Tools: Tips for Leaders

Leaders humbly connect us in the Body of Christ, helping all participants in the short-term mission experience to learn from each other, reflect on how God is present in the place being visited, and perhaps to help us think about what the short-term experience will mean in the long-run after we return home. More resources,… Read more »

Mission Trip Tools: Sample Schedule

Use this mission trip schedule template to ensure that your trip offers a good balance between activity and relationship-building; action and reflection; giving and receiving. Find more information, tools and resources for short-term mission trips here.
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