In every corner of the world, God is at work. If you'd like to be a part of seeing God's Kingdom work in another cultural setting—while using the gifts, talents, and skills you have to offer—we invite you to explore a one-to-two-week GO Team.
Each year, eight to ten short-term missions trips are formed to meet specific needs of our 90+ missionaries and partners. These global adventures allow us to help our own global workers who are already strategically placed, culturally aware, and on the ground advancing God's Kingdom.
Come walk alongside our missionaries and partners where they serve around the world!
2019 GO TEAMS
By joining a one or two-week short-term GO Team, you have the opportunity to serve alongside our missionaries and partners in the joyful task of reaching around the globe with the Good News of redemption and reconciliation. While some teams may require a certain skill set, most only require an open heart and a willingness to say, "Send me!" Could God be calling you to one of these destinations?
Panama // CLOSED
February 2-9, 2019
This six-to-twelve member construction team will assist with building an "eyebrow roof" and a concrete patio and sidewalk at the cross-cultural training center where WBC missionaries Mike and Peggy Lowe are based in Panama City. A home remodeler in the western suburbs before going into the mission field, Mike will supervise the renovation project that needs GO Team members with general carpentry, welding, or concrete experience. The building being remodeled—Casa PAAM—houses a kitchen, classrooms, dormitory, and offices for this Panamanian agency, which equips Latino missionaries for the mission field and offers English as a second language (ESL) classes.
Approximate cost: $1,500
Application deadline: December 1, 2018
(when filled, names will be collected for future construction teams)
Tuscany, Italy // CLOSED
February 14-24, 2019
Each year, Thrive Ministry holds retreats at four-star resorts on several continents, providing women missionaries with an opportunity to get away from their mission field for a time of encouragement and pampering. This all-female GO Team will help facilitate the Tuscany retreat to provide spiritual and physical renewal to women missionaries, many of whom are serving in difficult parts of the world. Encouragers, hairstylists, counselors, massage therapists, and good listeners welcome!
This team is presently filled, but let us know if you are interested in a future Thrive retreat.
April 27-May 4, 2019
Don't miss this opportunity to serve and learn from the amazing children and communities of the DR! Serving with missionaries Vic and Leslie Trautwein, this team will have a dual role: working with a Kids Alive school to provide educational and recreational activities to orphaned and at-risk youth, as well as working alongside Dominican builders and staff to help with the construction and maintenance of the Kids Alive center in beautiful, mountainous Costanza. Being a Spanish-speaker is a plus, but not required. Many talents are needed from both the Iglesia del Pueblo and Wheaton Bible Church congregations!
Approximate cost: $1,900
Application deadline: February 1, 2019
May 16-19, 2019
Join WBC members Dan and Marylin Bostrom on this "long-weekend" service opportunity through Awana Lifeline Ministries. This team will help to facilitate the Returning Hearts Celebration at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, an event that unites children and their incarcerated fathers for an unforgettable day of games, food, relationship-building, and Bible teaching. For one day each year, these fathers can openly interact with their children, and most importantly, be given the chance to discuss Christ's love as a family. Join in blessing these families during this special occasion.
Approximate cost: $700 plus travel costs
Application deadline: March 8, 2019
Lesvos Island, Greece
June 2-12, 2019
The global refugee crisis continues and our church again has been called upon to be the "hands and feet of Jesus" on Lesvos Island off the coast of Turkey. This team will serve alongside our partners—providing practical help such as distributing clothing and food, leading recreational activities, gate keeping, and assisting with housing and moving. A new welcome center outside the camp has expanded hospitality opportunities, including hosting tea times and discipleship groups. This kind of serving opens doors to spiritual connection as well listen to refugees' stories, discuss spiritual questions, and pray with them. A stop in Athens for a day or more will provide opportunities to learn from and further serve alongside our partners in Greece.
Approximate cost: $2,400
Application deadline: March 1, 2019
July 13-20, 2019
For over two decades, WBC has sent GO Teams to the Whitefish River First Nation Community on Manitoulin Island. In July, our Canada GO Team will once again spend time with families in the community as we continue to cultivate relationships, learn from tribe members, and share God's love and His Word in this outreach to First Nations peoples. Reach many demographics through hosting Neighborhood Bible Clubs, providing festive family events, assisting with outreach to teens, and leading women's craft groups. Families welcome!
Approximate cost: $1,850 for families (less for singles)
Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
July 27-August 4, 2019
College-age and young adults from our church family will serve and love the people of the Lakota Sioux Nation by running a Neighborhood Bible Club during the day and various teen outreaches in the evening. The group will also engage in work and service projects throughout the week to serve the local church in the area. Enjoy a day trip to the Black Hills and the beauty of the region as we serve First Nation peoples in Jesus' name and learn from them. While new to our young adults, this has been a destination of our Iglesia del Pueblo high school students the past three years, so this GO Team will build on their good will and relationships.
Approximate cost: $400
Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Go on your own
Interested in a short- or mid-term mission opportunity to a place or for a time period other than the slated GO Teams? If so, we want to hear from you! We know of many other opportunities to support our missionaries and partners, and we want to encourage you in your cross-cultural service or exploration.
How to Apply
Click here to download a "first time" or "veteran" application, or you can pick up a printed copy in the Global Outreach Center. Be sure to read the GO Team guidelines before applying.