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.
The Cheyenne River team serves the Lord by serving the Lakota people on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Activities may include a children's VBS program, feeding distribution with Feeding South Dakota, attending a powwow, a sweat lodge ceremony, visiting Lakota museums and historical sites, and volunteering at the private Christian school for Lakota.
The Colorado team will hike the Needle Creek Trail in Western Colorado and serve meals and drinks to hikers and climbers at the Chicago Basin base camp. The team will also accompany solo climbers on nearby ascents. The team's focus will be on the ministry of relational evangelism.
The Georgia team will partner with Cross Cultural Ministries to serve in a diverse area where 140 languages and dialects are represented in the schools. The team will share God's love through educational projects, including tutoring in English, reading and math. The team also will provide a Summer Reading Camp and English classes.
The Passion CGC team will attend the Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA in January 2020. This will be a time of worship, teaching, and prayer.
The South Dakota CGC team will spend Spring Break ministering to the Lakota tribe with the goal of helping meet their physical, relational and spiritual needs. This year's team will spend the week on the Rosebud Reservation.
The Atlas team will journey to one of the most hospitable cultures of the world where the majestically rugged Atlas Mountains are inhabited by a people group called the Berber. Located in North Africa, this people group is scattered across several countries who often live high in the mountains or in remote desert areas. Though these followers of Islam refer to themselves as the "free people," they have not heard about the true freedom in Jesus Christ for hundreds of years. Trip participants will trek long distances and will be involved in a variety of projects that could include construction, literature and blanket distribution, sheep vaccinations, and a "day in the life of a Berber." The team will proclaim the Gospel and encourage the local believers.
The Baja team will minister in the community of La Mision, Mexico at the Door of Faith Orphanage. This orphanage serves more than 100 children, providing them with a family atmosphere. The team will spend Spring Break staying at the orphanage and volunteering with a variety of service opportunities in the community.
The Central Asia team will focus on relational evangelism with Muslim university students and young adults. The team will participate in English learning programs at community centers. The team will live cross-culturally for six weeks in Central Asia.
The Colombia team has the long-term strategy of seeing a church planted in Bogota that will then help plant other churches in the community. The team will focus on evangelism using community events and door-to-door visits.
The SBU CGC and the SBU Social Work program are partnering with the Eastern Baptist Convention of Cuba to assist in social work ministry. The team will serve with local churches and minister at a retirement home by assisting with activities and projects.
The Greece team will partner with the Center for Refugee Women and Children located just outside Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece. The team will assist in the operations of the center with meeting immediate practical needs, as well as offering educational and recreational activities.
The CGC continues a long-standing partnership with Casa Bernabe orphanage in Guatemala City. This orphanage is home to more than 135 children on a beautiful 13 acre campus. All of the children come from difficult living situations. Many of the staff members are former recipients of this loving care. The SBU team will assist their ministry by serving the orphanage in a variety of ways including service projects, playing with the children, and providing childcare during a staff retreat weekend.
The Honduras team will spend Spring Break providing a clean water well for a community in Honduras. The team will also teach about sanitation, hygiene, and personal wellness while sharing the Gospel with the village.
The Ireland project will involve a variety of outreach opportunities, including street evangelism, a feeding program, and helping a local church with youth ministry, worship, and a national church conference.
The SBU Lesotho team will discipleship intensives, sports clinics, and evangelism in villages. Lesotho is a mountainous country with a population of 2 million people, 75% of whom leave in rural areas.
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 Poland team will minister with a small church in northeast Poland. The team will encourage the local church and partner with them in their vision to reach the community's young people. The team may be involved in a variety of ministry opportunities such as sports camps, teaching English, and street evangelism.
This team will hike through beautiful northern Spain and make friends with fellow pilgrims from all over the world. Each day, the team will have the opportunity to share testimonies, experience group meals, help fellow travelers, and explain the Gospel message. Each year, thousands of sorrow stories are carried by pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. SBU's team will minister to these people by explaining how these sorrows and burdens are carried by Jesus.
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.
Partnering with Future Leaders Foundation and the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, this team will serve at New Hope Camp, an orphan family camp in Ukraine. More than 100 children and parents will unite as one big family where they will study together, participate in program activities, and connect with one another. The team seeks to disciple children through personal testimony and to unite foster families to communicate and encourage each other. Activities will include preparing games, Bible studies, and prayer support for the camp.
The Uruguay team will partner with a church plant in Montevideo. The team will focus on reaching university students through surveys, one-on-one evangelism, and outreach events. The team also will work with low-income children and families in nearby housing.
The CGC Zimbabwe team will minister to youth at a school that teaches Bible, business and agriculture. Team members will teach lessons, work on the farm with students, visit families in rural settings, and assist a local Zimbabwean missionary with a kid's club outreach program.