Each year, the Center for Global Connections organizes and equips dozens of projects in locations across the globe. Use the map below to learn more about current CGC opportunities or to donate to a project team.
SBU's Catalyst Team serves as a support team for the Center for Global Connections department and CGC teams. Catalyst team members promote mission awareness on the SBU campus, support current CGC projects, facilitate communication between the SBU student body and the CGC department, and help encourage mission participants.
Exodus offers women coming out of prison with the opportunity to participate in the transformative power of Jesus Christ while learning life skills. Ministry activities for this CGC team could include: cleaning, painting, gardening, cooking, teaching life skills, local jail ministry, shopping for food and clothing, helping with fundraising events, office assistance, and so much more!
Each year we experience a number of natural disasters in the USA. SBU's Disaster Relief team is trained to respond to these disasters. This year-round team will travel to affected areas as schedules allow. Disaster relief training is coordinated through the Missouri Baptist Convention. Volunteers will help clear debris, "mud out" buildings after flooding, provide childcare and food services, and more.
Polk County House of Hope provides immediate and long-term safety to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children through a hotline, victim services, emergency shelter or placement in a safe facility, and connection to community resources. This SBU team will minister with House of Hope weekly through service projects, providing activities for the women and children, and caring for the needs of the residents as they arrive.
"Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord." Many of the elderly are lonely and have no family. They are suffering from ailments that prevent them from participating in life in ways they have in the past. This team will be a bridge by helping the elderly in practical ways as they meet weekly in a local nursing home where they will also help lead activities.
This local Bolivar team will host an after-school Good News Club for children aged kindergarten through fifth grade every Wednesday afternoon. Many of these children are from unchurched backgrounds and Good News Club provides an opportunity for them and their families to get to know Jesus. Activities with the children include Bible stories, Scripture memory, songs, snacks and games. This project is in partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
SBU's Glocal team provides ministry events and raises awareness of the needs of international students on SBU's campus. This team will plan special events and work in conjunction with the SBU Global strategic initiative.
This team will spend winter break in the mountains of Montana serving alongside a campus ministry at Montana Technical College and Park Street Baptist Church. Activities may include evening outreaches, leading worship and Bible studies, ministering to children and youth at a pastors' retreat, and outdoor outreach events.
Wild at Heart is a yearlong outdoor ministry team for Gospel-sowing activities in the USA. The team will travel to various locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Colorado.
The CGC continues a long-standing partnership with Casa Bernabe orphanage in Guatemala. This team will serve the orphanage in a variety of projects, caring for children, and giving the orphanage staff some much-needed rest.
The team's ministry in North Africa will enable them to experience Arab culture as they hang out with local, English-speaking students, build relationships, and ultimately share the Good News with them.
Partnering with Souled Out International ministries, this team will serve in Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines, which is on the large north island of Luzon. This project will include children's ministry, street evangelism, youth rally, and responding to God's leading.
The South Africa team will serve at Door of Hope orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa. The team will spend time with the babies and toddlers, improve the campus through light construction projects, and spend weekends at a rural church and school.
The team's ministry in Chiang Mai will include serving alongside an orphanage by caring for the children, performing service projects, and providing a much-needed retreat for the Thai staff. The team will conduct a VBS at an area hostel working with children and youth, share their testimonies in local churches, and prayer walk the streets of Chiang Mai.