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CGC Opportunities

Global Service Opportunities with the SBU CGC

Each year, the Center for Global Connections (CGC) organizes and equips dozens of projects in locations across the globe. Use the map below to learn more about CGC opportunities or to donate to a project team.

Apply for a CGC Project (PDF)

Donate to the CGC General Fund

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Current CGC Projects

Local Projects

Baptist Hill

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SBU's Baptist Hill ministry team will participate in service ministries at Baptist Hill Assembly in Mt. Vernon, Mo. The team will assist in preparing the retreat center for summer camps through helping with cleaning, landscaping, painting and more.

Dates: May 21-26, 2023 | Cost: $165 | Leaders: Colleen and Henry Shuler

Give to the Baptist Hill Project

Bolivar Community

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This ministry team will partner with local ministries to serve the Bolivar community throughout the school year. Weekly ministry will involve a variety of activities from working with local nonprofits and churches to prayer-walking in the town.

Dates: Fall 2022/Spring 2023 | Cost: $225 | Leader: Diana Gallamore

Give to the Bolivar Community Project


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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.

Dates: Fall 2022/Spring 2023 | Cost: FREE | Leader: Joshua Burnham

Give to the Catalyst Project

Disaster Relief

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Each year we experience a number of natural disasters in the USA. SBU's Disaster Relief team is trained to respond to these disasters. 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.

Dates: Spring Break 2023 | Cost: Based on project location | Leader: Kaila Lloyd

Give to the Disaster Relief Project

SBU Glocal

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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. 

Dates: Fall 2022/Spring 2023 | Cost: $300 | Leaders: Laura Zimmer and Maddy Harwell

Give to the SBU Glocal Project

U.S. Projects

Bethany Children's Health Center

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Join this CGC team and serve the patients at Bethany Children's Health Center in Oklahoma. Impact the emotional and spiritual needs of pediatric patients. Activities include patient bedside interaction, assisting with VBS, preparing Summer Camp days, sport activities, and more.

Dates: July 5-14, 2023 | Cost: $700 | Leader: TBD

Give to the Bethany Children's Project


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Partner with Send Relief to provide healing and compassion through partnerships with local churches and ministries in Chicago. This team will work alongside these partners in a variety of outreach opportunities, including serving in a food pantry, running a sports camp, doing evangelism outreach, helping in demolition projects and more.

Dates: March 18-24, 2023 | Cost: $900 | Leader: Madeleine Gillman

Give to the Chicago Project

Cross-Country Cycling

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Serve God and each other through an opportunity to cross the U.S. on an adventure of a lifetime. This cross-country bicycle adventure will raise money and lend helping hands to families through The Fuller Center for Housing. 

Dates: Summer 2023 | Cost: TBD | Leader: Tim DeClue

Give to the Cycling Project


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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.

Dates: January 7-22, 2023 | Cost: $1700 | Leader: Hayley Elkins

Give to the Montana Project

New York City

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SBU will partner with NAMB SEND Relief and will serve Graffiti 2 Community Ministries which seeks to revitalize, revive and revolutionize the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Projects will include various forms of community engagement and evangelism, including working with kids in after-school tutoring and Bible study.

Dates: March 18-25, 2023 | Cost: $1300 | Leader: Rachel Francis

Give to the NYC Project

International Projects


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Currently there are more than 500,000 Venezuelans who have relocated to Bogota, Colombia. Our focus is to plant churches in the Venezuelan communities. Ministry activities will include prayer walking, feeding projects, evangelism training, sports ministry, and music ministry.

Dates: May 22-29, 2023 | Cost: $2350 | Leader: Christina Ruiz

Give to the Colombia Project

Costa Rica

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This team will work with Young Life Costa Rica to encourage and serve local staff, leaders, teenagers and their families. Ministry activities will include property improvements and relational ministry.

Dates: March 18-25, 2023 | Cost: $2200 | Leaders: Elsy Shuford and Kate Linscott

Give to the Costa Rica Project

Czech Republic

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This team will reach out to Czech high school students during a summer English and sports camp. Help students learn English and play outdoor sports, while taking advantage of conversational opportunities to talk about your faith.

Dates: July 2023 | Cost: $2700 | Leader: Mark Grabowski

Give to the Czech Republic Project


Georgia CGC Project

This new ministry team will travel to the Republic of Georgia to evangelize and spread the Gospel, while helping meet needs such as clothes, food, winter supplies and Christmas gifts.

Dates: January 2023 | Cost: $3040 | Leaders: Dustin and Rebecca Preston

Give to the Georgia Project


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The Kenya team will assist the non-profit organization, Generation Next, which is primarily focused on the growth and care of students at Generation Next Academy. This organization provides the opportunity for 200 students to attend school and serves the community through meeting hygiene needs.

Dates: May 20 - June 2, 2023 | Cost: $3250 | Leaders: Jacob Buckner and Brook Duncan

Give to the Kenya Project


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This team will serve in Chiang Mai at an orphanage by caring for children, performing service projects, and providing a much-needed retreat for the Thai staff. The team will work with children and youth, share their testimonies in churches, and prayer walk the streets of Chiang Mai.

Dates: December 26, 2022 - January 8, 2023 | Cost: $3000 | Leader: Duke Jones and Taylor Jones

Give to the Thailand Project


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The team's ministry in Uganda will assist a GEM Village orphanage. Team members will help with the daily operations of the orphanage and work on capital improvement projects to the orphanage's campus. There will also be a medical outreach event including physical therapy and prayer.

Dates: May-June, 2023 | Cost: $3975 | Leaders: Kylie Sanders and Paike McNeil

Give to the Uganda Project

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