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
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.
Click here for tools and resources for trip leaders
Do you have more questions about mission trips?
- What kind of a group in my church might want to consider planning a mission trip?
- How can my group arrange a mission trip?
- How can I find out all I need to know about possible host sites?
- What else should I know?
Find answers to these and other questions
See a list of available host sites.
Find mission trip opportunities
Volunteers from different local churches are serving meals in Toluca, Mexico. Members from Emanuel Presbyterian Church take their turn. Photo by Dave Thomas
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.
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.).
Tools for trip leaders
Women students at John Roberts Seminary in Shillong, Northeast India awaiting a new women’s dormitory and praying for support from Presbyterian Women in the USA. Photo by Susan Hudson
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 share – Download Here or Click here for online access
- 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. We encourage you to think of the mission trip not as an end unto itself, but as one step in a journey of deeper engagement in the global mission of the church. The questions in this document will help your group in the discernment process of selecting a destination.
- Best Practices for Mission Trips – Download Here
- Sample Mission Trip Schedule – Download 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 Leaders – Download Here
- Two Fantastic Resources for Planners, available online! Click here
- When God’s People Travel Together – 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 – 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.
- The Power of Empty Hands – Download Here (Spanish version: El Poder de las Manos Vacias – Download Here)
In “The Power of Empty Hands,” our Director of World Mission, Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell, examines how the mission worker should put material wealth into perspective when visiting third world countries. He reminds us that the mission worker may be the one to receive “gifts.”
Contacts for Mission Trips and Partnerships
Interested 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
- Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
- Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda
- Ghana, Nigeria, Niger
- Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
- Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
- Costa Rica
- Guatemala and Mexico
|COUNTRY OR REGION
||MISSION PROFILE LINK
||Andres Garcia and
||Presbyterian border ministry
||Farris and Thelma Goodrum
||Center of Theological Formation
||Short term mission,
|Colombia and Andean Region (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)
||Rev. Sarah Henken
|Dominican Republic and
|Jo Ella Holman
||Marta Kerr Carriker
|Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
||Rev. Jed Koball
||Joining Hands Against Hunger; Young Adult Volunteers
||Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar
||Frontera de Cristo
|Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil
||Joining Hands Against Hunger
||Council of Evangelical Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD)
||Kristi Van Nostran
||Joining Hands Against Hunger
||Rev. Leslie Vogel
||CEDEPCA (Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Latin America)
||Tim and Gloria Wheeler
||Heifer Project International
||Rev. Mark and Ashley Wright
||Partnership, Theological Education
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA