Going on a short-term trip is a great way to participate in what God is doing around the world. Lasting one to two weeks, these trips are a platform for you to use your gifts and skills, experience a new culture and develop strong bonds with team members. Bible college or seminary degrees not required! Whether you teach, repair cars or sell insurance, God can use your skills to expand His kingdom. Kerry Goad who recently returned from Sudan said, “I was amazed at how God used me, a dentist, to share the love and power of Christ to the Sudanese people.”
2013 Short Term Trips:
LUCKNOW, INDIA - March 27-April 1
Purpose: Encourage national partner/observe progress of campus build
Summary: Our mission is to help fulfill the vision that God has given our national partner, Deven Pradhan of the Lucknow Training Center, to train Christian leaders in Biblical theology and church planting. In addition, we are helping to provide small business training and microloans so that the training center and the Christian leaders can become self-supporting, which in turns gives them credibility in their villages.
Due to the recent outpouring of generosity toward FBCD’s 2012 Thanksgiving Offering, a new pastoral training center will be built, which will empower Christian leaders to reach India and the surrounding nations with the Gospel. According to Pastor Pradhan, “If we have a good leader, we will have a strong church.”
SOUTH SUDAN - November 5 - 17
*Registration Open (Click Here for Registration Application)
Purpose: Evangelism/Support of national leaders and churches
Summary: Join us as we team up with FBCD member Mike Congrove, Executive Director of Empower Sudan, whose focus in South Sudan is to find, develop, train and empower leaders who can make disciples of Jesus and start new churches. Working with our national partners, we help start schools, provide medical care and clean water, fund agricultural projects, encourage economic empowerment, and more.
By the grace of God, the FBCD 2012 team had the opportunity to lead 47 people toward faith in Jesus. We also engaged in discipleship and leadership training, a women’s conference, Bible storytelling with village children, and a dental clinic.
In the words of veteran FBCD team member, Patricia Caldwell, “Coming to Baliet has been a reminder of what we should be doing: caring for one another and loving one another as Christ would have us do.”
COSTA RICA - July 19-27
Purpose: Compassion/Economic Empowerment/Leadership Development
Join us as we work alongside our ministry partner and Christian leader, Hugo Salas, in LaCuenca, an economically disadvantaged community in the San Jose area. The focus of this ministry is intervention and prevention education for children, youth, and adults. The team will provide support in ways such as medical services, counseling, economic empowerment, Bible teaching, and sharing our faith. This initiative is a great bridge not only to help meet significant physical needs but also to further ongoing relationships with local believers.
According to team member Cheryl Read, “Our time in Costa Rica was spent simply showing the love of Jesus to hurting women and children. Sometimes that meant holding babies while the mothers soaked in God’s message of love and healing for them and sometimes it meant digging ditches to lay pipe for a new bathroom for a poverty-stricken family. We thank God for the opportunity to work alongside our dedicated national partners in serving the least and the lost.”