SHORT-TERM
MISSION TRIPS

Upcoming short-term Trips

REQUIREMENTS TO GO ON A GLOBAL TRIP:

In order to make sure our trips support the ongoing ministry of our global partners and receiving missionaries, everyone applying to participate in a Sojourn Global Trip should be able to meet the following requirements:

  1. Believer in Christ
  2. Must be a regular attendee of Sojourn Woodstock, unless special circumstances apply. Membership is not required; however, members may be given preference in the selection process when spots are limited.
  3. Be active in community at Sojourn
  4. Complete and pass a background check (most of our trips partly include ministry to children)

If you meet all of these, you can express interest in a trip by clicking on the button below!

Short Term Missions in Italy
June 1-11, 2023

There are 60 million people currently living in 8,000 comuni (cities, towns, or villages) in Italy. More than 85% of those comuni have no existing Evangelical church and less than 1% of people in Italy are Christ-followers. Sojourn Woodstock is partnered with Impatto in Italy which is a growing family of theologically defined and driven gospel-centered church planting churches. We will be helping with theological education and care of pastors, increasing exposure of their local churches in their own communities, and helping to create platforms for local workers to capitalize on. Some trip activities may include prayer-walking, creative outreach, working in schools, community events, and gospel distribution. This is a trip open to people in all walks of life, including families who want to bring their kids. This will be an awesome experience you won't want to miss!

This trip qualifies as an Exposure and Evangelism Trip (more info below), and we do require interested participants to apply. Space will be limited, so as a first step please fill out the "Initial Interest Form" above if you are interested. Cost is expected to be $1000 plus airfare. We encourage you to raise financial support and will help you in that process. Email Caleb Bedingfield if you have any questions.

VISION FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS 

We believe the gospel draws us into the presence of God and then sends us out as ambassadors for Christ in the world. One of the ways we seek this vision is through short-term missions. For those of you who go with us, we have four primary goals for you personally:
1) Communion - Alongside the Holy Spirit, we will help you learn to be with Jesus daily.
2) Blessing - You will learn to bless those who receive you.
3) Sacrifice -  You will practice serving each member of your team sacrificially.
4) Serve - You will experientially learn to serve the nations.

STRATEGY FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS 

Short-term trips done well can serve to further the advance of the gospel, encourage long-term workers, and strengthen the sending church. Short-term trips done poorly can do an incredible amount of damage to the receiving ministry or field team. In order to avoid being any hindrance to gospel advance among the nations, we have five primary strategies to ensure that we are helping and not hurting:
1) Learn - We go with a humble posture ready to learn.
2) Observe -  We go seeking to observe the work God is doing through long-term workers.
3) Encourage - We go seeking to encourage those who will remain long after we are gone.
4) Help - We will only offer help that is specific and requested.
5) Give - We give sacrificially with the careful direction of the receiving ministry or field team.

TYPES OF SHORT-TERM TRIPS 

Each of the various short-term trips we embark on are valuable for different reasons. Some, likely most, of our trips will be a combination of two or more of these categories. The four types of trips we pursue are:
1. Exposure Trips - the main goal is to expose church members to what is happening around the world and give them a vision and desire to be more involved.
2. Care Trips - the main goal is to encourage and care-for the long-term workers and their kids. These trips also help participants better represent the long-term workers back home.
3. Specialized Trips - these trips meet specific need requested by the receiving team. These needs could be pastor training, agricultural training, business consulting, micro-finance, etc...
4. Evangelism Trips - many places take long-term workers years to learn the nuances of sharing their faith. There are, however, many places in the world where evangelistic trips can be very effective. These trips serve to come alongside long-term workers in sowing ministry.
At Sojourn we believe every Christ-follower is called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make Kingdom impact not only in their own local community but among all nations. I would love to connect with you and chat more about serving globally! There is a place for everyone in God's mission to the nations. Let's find yours!