At Wooddale, we are a church that shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with all of God’s people – here, near and far. Listed below are opportunities to serve on a short-term mission trip Here, Near or Far.

Short-Term Mission Trips

These are the 2020 Short-Term Mission trips. Look for the trip you are interested in and learn more about it through reading the description or reaching out to the listed contact. Click on the button below to donate to a mission trip.

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Guatemala Bridge Builders

Adults and Families
February 15-24

The Bridge Builders Adult Short-Term Trip provides an easy entry for Wooddalers to experience cross-cultural ministry in Guatemala.

The Bridge Builders ministry works side by side with the believers in local churches to show the love of Jesus Christ to people in the Lake Atitlan area. We partner in this by establishing and maintaining relationships through ministries such as: Home Construction, Medical and Dental clinics, Water Purification Systems and Education, Teaching English, Sports Ministries, Small Business Loans, Pastor Training and Alcoholism Recovery.

Contact: Tim Brands at timothybrands@gmail.com or 612-730-7404

Guatemala City Trip

Ages 6 and up
July or August

The Guatemala City trip is a week-long trip. We partner with our global partners and local church and work with school aged children (pre-K – 12th grade) in San Jose Pinula (Suburb of Guatemala City). Activities include sports ministry, teaching English, telling stories with puppets, service projects, praying for and walking alongside the local church.

Contact: Terry Dull at tdull2002@gmail.com

Guatemala: Breaking Cycles

Adults and parents with teens age 13-17
February or March

Join us as we minister alongside Wooddale global partners and local ministry organizations where the focus is to bring Hope while breaking cycles of poverty, abuse, addiction, poor education and poor nutrition. We use bunkbeds to share the hope of the gospel to families, encouraging children and staff at a local orphanage, and partner with a local church to host a community carnival…and more!

Amy Trottier, atrottier1@gmail.com
Michelle Engberg,engbergm@gmail.com


Ages 18 and up
March 11 – April 10

Come join us on an exciting adventure to exotic Thailand. Teaching English serves as a tool for evangelism and outreach. The classroom starts the connection between church and unreached students and the teachers. Those teachers, both Thai and foreign, foster a relationship that extends way beyond the classroom to trips with students to local malls, tourist attractions, playing badminton, pickleball, and even table games in the lobby. Wooddale sends short-term teams to assist Santisuk in expanding God’s Kingdom in Thailand using the seven locations as a launching pad for Jesus! One former student who became a follower of Jesus and leader is now serving as a career missionary in a different SE Asian country – all because of this English School.

Contact: Rick and Sherry Swindlehurst at rickxylon@icloud.com or 952-941-5167


Ages 12 and up

Meet physical and spiritual needs of Ghanaians with Global Partners Sam and Jonhild Dunya. Walk alongside local churches, assisting in community outreach meetings, children’s Bible school, water well dedications, baptisms, malaria net distribution and more.

Learn more about our Global Partner Sam Dunya and his GlobeServe ministry.

Contact: Abby Fabre at abby.fabre@wooddale.org


Adults (Young Adults; Adults of Any Age)

Train college-age believers how to be bold in their faith and make new disciples for Jesus Christ. Will include teaching discipleship, sharing your faith journey and more.

Contact: Worldwide at worldwide@wooddale.org or 952-944-6300

Southeast Asia

Young Adults and Adults of All Ages

Walk alongside our global partners to reach people who hold Muslim beliefs with little to no knowledge of Jesus Christ. Tourism allows you to meet and stay with the local people while having a holistic ministry approach to meet spiritual and the physical needs of the people, beginning with developing relationships. It’s often the perfect time to tell the stories of Jesus from the gospels.

Contact: Worldwide at worldwide@wooddale.org

Asia Prayer Trek
Young Adults and Adults of All Ages
June 16-30

Join us on a Prayer Trek in the Himalayan mountains. Walk alongside global partners to meet and minister to local villagers.

Contact: Julie Faltinson at Julie.faltinson@wooddale.org

A.W.O.L. (A Work of Love)

Junior High Students and Adult Volunteers

A.W.O.L. (A Work Of Love) – Typically in the warmest week of July, Junior High students pack up to live in pop-up campers at Maple Hills mobile home park in Corcoran, MN.

Partnering with Wayzata Evangelical Free Church – Junior High students help plan and lead a VBS each morning for elementary school kids & “escape” with teenagers in the evenings for a picnic, pool party and water park visits. This trip is a highlight to the students from both churches and the kids at Maple Hills.

Contact: Student Ministries at student.ministries@wooddale.org or 952-944-8360

Project Colorado

Junior High Students and Adult Volunteers

After the completion of 9th grade A.U.G. (Approved Unto God) doctrinal class, students are eligible to participate in Project Colorado: A two-week half missions, half adventure trip in Winter Park, Colorado.

Students and leaders head to the Torch Bearers School at Timberline Lodge where they serve the lodge and surrounding community by chopping wood for fire, painting, clearing brush, hauling logs, housekeeping tasks etc. Along with service projects, students have opportunity to experience the adventure of Colorado by choosing to go whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and other exciting activities.

Contact: Student Ministries at student.ministries@wooddale.org or 952-944-8360

Guatemala: Grades 10 & 11

The Guatemala trip is a unique, cross-cultural mission trip where students serve in several cities over 10 days.

Short Term Trip Leader and Participant Information

Short-Term Trip Leader Evaluation
Short-Term Trip Participation Evaluation
Short-Term Ministry Trip Application Form
Short-Term Trip Leader Training Manual
Logistics Manual
Code of Conduct & Liability Release Forms
Checklist for STMT Leaders
Checklist for STMT Participants