Domestic and International Opportunities

"And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8b

In line with JBU's motto of Head, Heart, Hand, JBU students have several opportunities to go out and serve others here in the U.S. and abroad. No matter where students go, they will experience the joy of serving others and learn from those of different perspectives and backgrounds.

We are called to the ends of the earth, and even though these mission trips are service opportunities, they should not be reduced that simplistically. Students will be faced with issues such as humility and boldness in speaking about their faith in ways that they perhaps have never experienced. As a result, students will experience the reality of being made strong in their weaknesses.

Mission trips happen during fall, spring, and summer breaks. Destinations have included Chicago, New Orleans, Joplin, Panama City Beach, Jackson, India, various locations in Central America, and Ireland. All mission trips have a particular focus, ranging from service projects to evangelism, but all are designed to change students' perspectives!

Domestic Mission Opportunities

2019-2020 Trips

An information meeting about all fall break trips will take place from 4:30-5:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 26th in WSC 204.  Contact SMLT for more information on the trips.  

Fall Break applications due September 30th.


Chicago (IL) Urban Vision Trip
October 18-22, 2019
The Chicago Urban Vision Trip is designed to help students learn about and from inner city cultures and about ministry in these cultures. The trip will include learning from our brothers and sisters in Hispanic and African-American churches and neighborhoods, the homeless, and one another as well as provide opportunities to engage in the neighborhood through work projects and more. This is not primarily an evangelistic mission, but rather a learning mission-although we certainly hope that opportunities for spoken and lived evangelism will occur.

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Colcord (OK) Service Trip

October 18-22, 2019
The Colcord Service Trip is designed to engage students in practical ways of service in a small, rural community only 15 miles from campus. This trip serves as a great opportunity to not only reach out to our neighbors in need by joining with local churches and other ministries that are already at work in the community, but to also develop the important ministry of listening to one another. This trip is designed to help students begin to engage with basic community development principles by coming alongside churches and organizations that already invest in the community.

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Tulsa, OK
January 2020

Exploring issues of poverty, homelessness, and Christian community development with the power of the Gospel. Join in with a monthly apartment outreach to children and youth on Friday night, serve at the Family and Youth Center, listen to stories from John 3:16 Mission staff, volunteers, and clients, learn from men and women engaged in developing communities through the power of the gospel, worship with a faith community committed to preaching and living the gospel, come back with a larger vision of the work of the Gospel!

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Houston Rebuild Action Trip
March 21-28, 2020

Partnering with Samaritan's Purse, a team of students will serve flood-ravaged areas of South Texas by participating in on-going rebuilding efforts. All skill levels are welcome!  Use the skills you already have to help families rebuild their lives and learn new skills in the process.  Added perks include visiting the historically rich city of Houston.

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Chicago Community Development Encounter Trip
March 21-28, 2020

The Chicago Community Development Trip is designed to help students learn from Christians living out the gospel in inner city contexts. The trip will include exposure to issues of race and poverty and the intersection of the gospel. Working with and exploring with Bridge Builders and Sunshine Gospel Ministries students will serve others and learn about the key aspects of Christian community development.

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Atlanta Refugee Encounter Trip
March 21-28, 2020

Partnering with Friends of Refugees trip participants will work alongside and learn from refugees and those who work to settle, care for, and train refugees in the Atlanta area. From resettlement efforts to education and job training to gospel-centered outreach, organizations are working every day to  welcome "the stranger" with the love of Christ.  This trip will explore the challenges and opportunities of men and women from all over the world who seek to start a new life in the US.    

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El Paso Border Encounter Trip
March 21-28, 2020

More details soon.    

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For more information and other opportunities contact:

International Missions
William Stevenson
Director of International Programs

Domestic Missions
Frank Huebert
Director of Service and Outreach Ministries

Missions Fairs
Missionaries in Residence