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Short-Term Mission Trips

Please contact the Missions Office if you are interested in going on a mission trip. We can help find a suitable trip for you, your family, or your Sunday School class. Many of our ministry partners would also welcome vision and exposure trips. These trips will need to be self-funded.

Short-term mission trips are designed to give people in our congregation exposure to what God is doing elsewhere, and experience in evangelizing and discipling the people of the world. On a regular basis, First Evangelical Church (FEC) seeks to provide short-term mission trip opportunities in a strategic manner that coincide with the FEC missions purpose statement: FEC Missions Ministry exists to motivate, develop, and equip FEC members to go, send, give, and pray for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, and planting and strengthening churches, especially among the large, unreached populations of the world. 

Why go on a mission trip?

  • To glorify God.

  • To exercise your faith and grow deeper in your personal relationship with God.

  • To increase your vision for the world and your burden for the lost.

  • To receive training and exposure in cross-cultural ministry.

  • To mobilize the congregation in missions by partnering with them for prayer and financial support.

  • To provide service and encouragement to missionaries and national Christians.

  • To engage in making disciples through personal evangelism, teaching, preaching, and serving. 

2018 Mission Trips 

Cherkassy, Ukraine — Team Full 
June 16–25 and/or July 1–7, 2018
Partners: David and Katya Bute
Caleb and Kassie Sanborn, Kreativity/CRM
Leader: Shea Ward
Participants: 18+ years old. High
School Students must be accompanied by a parent.
Team members will help the Kreativity team run a week-long Christian English day camp for youth in Cherkassy. There will also be a retreat for adults on the weekend, followed by a break. If team members are willing, they can stay to participate in another camp the rst week of July. The second camp will be with Kreativity’s language school/business, Yazlingo. These camps will enable Kreativity to maintain current relationships and make connections with new families. Having native English speakers from America will be a huge draw for potential campers.

Czech Republic — Team Full 
July 5–15, 2018
Partner: Integrity Life
Leader: John Campbell, 901-417-0260
Team members will teach English to University students in the mountains in Czech Republic, with many opportunities to share the gospel. Native English speakers will be able to instruct Czech students who might not otherwise choose to spend time with Christians. This camp is an extension of the ongoing outreach and discipleship ministry of our National Partners at Integrity Life

Mission Memphis
July 8–12, 2018
Partners: Memphis Ministries
Cost: $185
Leaders: Eli Berry and TJ Lopez
Participants: Middle and High School Students
Students will stay at First Evan Sunday through Thursday. They will go to local ministries each day to help with projects (light construction, VBS, cleanup, etc.) Evenings will be focused on encouraging spiritual growth, with special speakers and worship each evening in the Crossroads Room. This is a great option for students who have never been on a mission trip. There are also opportunities for church members to serve as senders for our students.  

Queens, New York
July 21–28, 2018
Partner: Jon Storck, Grace Fellowship Church
Cost: ~$1,200
Leader: Jill Hopkins
Participants: 16+ years old. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.
We will help host a week of VBS for mostly unchurched kids from international and immigrant families from the neighborhood. 

Dearborn, Michigan
Late July/Early August, 2018
Partner: Jonathan and Jayne Frazier Cost: ~$300
Leader: Josh Hudson, 901-647-9854
Participants: College students and older.
This trip will expose participants to Islam and Muslims in America with the hope of better understanding how to engage and share the gospel with them. We hope to be ambassadors on behalf of Jonathan and Jayne Frazier’s ministry in Dearborn, and to be conversation partners for the students in their ESL program. We’ll have conversations with practicing Muslims, Christian converts from Islam, Arabic Christians, and first-hand exposure to Muslim culture in the United States. 

Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda
August 2–21, 2018
Partner: Ruth and Joyce Lomo
Cost: ~$3,000
Leader: Sam and Suzie Davis, 901-493-2167
Participants: Adults
This team will be involved in a variety of ministry opportunities, including trauma healing, medical care, and equipping South Sudanese refugees to evangelize and disciple within the refugee camp of over 270,000 people. Most of the refugees in Bidi Bidi are nominal Christians; some are Muslim. 

Amazon River, Brazil 
Postponed to Fall 2018
Partner: Francie Leslie, Justice and Mercy Amazon
Cost: $2,500–$2,800
Leader: Francie Leslie, 901-409-2422 
Trip Guide: Click here
Participants: 16+ years old. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.
Team members will live on Justice and Mercy Amazon’s riverboat, the Discovery. They will stop at villages along the Amazon, do VBS with village children, visit homes to share the gospel and encourage believers, provide basic training in Bible teaching, children’s, youth, and adult ministries. Team members will also have the opportunity to teach trades and other skills. There may be opportunities for construction or medical care, depending on the skills of the team. 

Other Opportunities

We can help find and facilitate other trips with our partner organizations for individuals, families and groups. Exciting opportunities exist with:

Operation Mobilization
Camino Global
Campus Crusade

If you have any questions about these trips, please email the Missions Office by clicking here