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.
This team serves Bolivar and Polk County by partnering with Community Outreach Ministries (COM). A variety of ministry areas exist including sorting clothes in the thrift store, distributing food and commodities, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, processing recyclable items, and more.
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.
SBU's Windermere team will spend Spring Break assisting in service ministries at Windermere Retreat and Conference Center to help prepare for summer camps. Service projects will include cleaning, landscaping, painting, and more.
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.
SBU's Utah team will partner with First Baptist Church of Utah to engage with students at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University to hold interfaith conversations. The team will prayer walk, connect with college students, and participate in Intersect, a monthly interfaith dialogue event.
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 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 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.
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 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.
SBU's Transnistria team will serve children and youth in an impoverished area in Moldova. The team will partner with a local church to host a summer camp and minister to physical and spiritual needs.
SBU's Zimbabwe team will serve youth at a school that teaches the Bible, business, and agriculture. Team members will teach lessons, work on the farm with students, visit families in rural settings, and assist Zimbabwean missionaries with a kids club outreach program.