China is one of the few countries that is both simultaneously developed and developing. In one morning, you’ll be in an ultra-modern city like Beijing or Shanghai, and later in the afternoon, be on a train watching farmers tending their rice paddies by hand or with a water buffalo. And while it is still a communist country that is unsympathetic to Christianity, there are still many ways to legally bring the Good News to this growing economic giant. We know it sounds rough, but part of your ministry will be hanging out with Chinese students, eating the best food you’ve ever tasted, and taking it deeper to satisfy their curiosity about Jesus.
Australia, the very name conjures up images of kangaroo’s, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Outback. It’s really one very big island (really big!) that has its own unique animals, landscape, and people. The Australians tend to be individualists (more like American’s than the British, who are their cousins), direct and outspoken…you’re going to love hanging out with them!
As a part of Central America, the beautiful mountain towns of Costa Rica are home to some of the happiest and friendliest people on earth. This summer, you will partner with Pastor Alfonso and his youth group in the coffee village of Cachi as you travel to surrounding towns and build relationships. On any given afternoon you may find yourself in a “Tico’s” (Costa Rican nationals) kitchen drinking amazing coffee or hanging along the streets of town chatting with the locals. Futból (American soccer) is a fantastic way to get to know the Ticos, as they live and breathe the sport. On this trip, every day is something entirely new!
In Ireland you will have the opportunity to work in locations all across the Emerald Isle. Your role is crucial… reach out to the Irish youth, a generation worn down by years of conflict. They are skeptical whenever it comes to religion and we want them to understand and experience a genuine, loving relationship with Christ. Your team will minister on the streets, city malls, and even the beaches! You’ll also carry the ministry to the parks, where you’ll use soccer, football, and even a frisbee as a way of entering into their world. And hey, ever thought about hitting the surf? Our Irish contacts want the team to facilitate a surf camp on the Isle’s northern coast!
I don’t know about you, but when I think about Kenya, I get visions of elephants, giraffes, and lions wandering over the vast Serengeti Plain, with spear-carrying Maasai warriors in hot pursuit! Ok, maybe I have a crazy imagination, but I’m not far off! If you join the Kenya Trip, you’ll be working in schools within some of Nairobi’s vast slums that ring the city. You’ll be partnering with Kenyan believers in reaching out to disadvantaged students, developing relationships, and having deep conversations about Christ. And who knows… you just might get a chance to kiss a giraffe or watch a baby elephant get fed!
Located in South Asia, Nepal is a wild place to say the least. Its landscape is rugged and untamed, its politics are complicated and often corrupt, its cities are crowded, its villages are remote, and its people are warm and vibrant. Hinduism and Buddhism are the dominant religions and the Nepali people are hungry for something more. Armed with the Gospel and a great pair of shoes, prepare to travel to schools, isolated churches, city slums, orphanages, leper colonies, and Tibetan refugee camps. Hike among mountains, through rice paddies, and along rushing rivers to remote villages where many have never heard the name of Jesus. Build friendships with the Nepali people that will last long after the trip has ended, and see God use you to change their lives, even as they change yours.
Like many African countries, Sierra Leone remained relatively poor since it gained independence from the British in 1961. It was devastated by a civil war that raged from 1991-2002. In 2013 it was given the dubious honor as the “most corrupt nation on earth”, with 84% of the population admitting to paying bribes. And just as the people were getting back on their feet, they were hit by the Ebola epidemic! Let’s be honest, Sierra Leone is a country that deserves a break!
Do you consider yourself a nomad who loves to discover? On EuroQuest, you will engage in ministry across some of Europe’s largest and most unique cities. With your gear, tents, and team, you will trek throughout the European continent. You’ll travel daily by coach bus, camp in diverse and dynamic locales, and discover the beauty of European culture. Experience the adventure of this lifestyle while making a difference in the lives of people you encounter, and do it in nine different countries across this incredible continent. Many people dream of backpacking through Europe, but few have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of its people. Are you up to the challenge?
The Central America mission trip (or as we like to call it, “LatinQuest”), will be blazing across four Central American countries. The team will begin its ministry in Honduras, make its way to Nicaragua, then head down to Costa Rica, and finally finish up in Panama City, Panama. Now that’s what I call a journey!
In Glasgow, the action isn’t in the nice leafy suburbs! On the Scotland Trip you’ll be working in the gritty neighborhood of Govanhill, located on the south side of Glasgow’s city centre. You’ll travel by ferry to the seaside Scottish town of Dunoon, situated on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula. In Dunoon, you’ll be partnering with Dunoon Baptist Church for a week of exciting ministry reaching out to the local teens in town. Did we mention the Scottish Highlands yet? You’ll have a chance to tour and hike in the mountains that surround Loch Lomond, which are simply breathtaking! Castles, kilts, and the wild beauty of the mountains… Scotland IS adventure.