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At Wooddale, we are a church that shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with all of God’s people—here, near and far. Check out several opportunities to serve on a short-term mission trip.

Short-Term Mission Trips

Below are the upcoming short-term mission trips. Find the trip you are interested and email the listed contact for more detailed information.
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Guatemala Bridge Builders

Adults and Families
February

The Bridge Builders adult short-term trip provides an easy entry for you 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

Adults and Families

Ages 6+
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 – grade 12) 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

Thailand

Ages 18 and up
January

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 help 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 Southeast Asian country – all because of this English school.

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

Ghana

Ages 12 and up
June

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

Learn more about Sam Dunya and his GlobeServe Ministry.

Contact: Norm and Rachel Brekke at normbrekke@gmail.com

Cuba Church Planting & Care

Adults of All Ages
3-4 times per year

Minister alongside a Cuban partner and pastor to care for the elderly, connect with children in the community and help with outreach efforts.

Contact: Worldwide at worldwide@wooddale.org

Cuba Collegiate Ministry

Adults of All Ages
August

Train college-age believers how to be bold in their faith and honor God by making new disciples for Jesus Christ. Includes teaching discipleship, sharing your faith journey and more.

Contact: Worldwide at worldwide@wooddale.org

Southeast Asia

Adults of All Ages
June

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

Adults of All Ages
June

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

Kenya

Adults of All Ages
September

Through the love of Jesus Christ Heshima provides a holistic environment that includes physical, mental and spiritual support for children with special needs in Kenya. Join our Global Partners at Heshima, where you will work with the mothers and children of the center.

Contact: Worldwide at worldwide@wooddale.org

Student Mission Trips

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

Junior High Students and Adult Volunteers
July

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 Vacation Bible School (VBS) each morning for elementary school kids and “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

Project Colorado

9th grade students and Adult Volunteers
June

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 and more. 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

South Dakota

10th-12th grade Senior High Students & Adult Volunteers
July

Students will work alongside Lakota Sioux tribe members and learn about their history, culture, and the challenges they face. While the heart of the ministry is relational, they will also help the community through several construction projects for residents of the Cheyenne River reservation.

Contact: Student Ministries at student.ministries@wooddale.org

Senior High: Love Your City

Experience cultural diversity right in your own backyard! You’ll have opportunities to serve your neighbors through local organizations, seeking to provide for the unsheltered and vulnerable people in the Twin Cities.

Contact: Student Ministries at student.ministries@wooddale.org