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.
SBU's Athens team will partner with GoSendMe Global and Helping Hands to minister to Afghan and Iranian refugees who have arrived in Greece and are enduring the long process of seeking asylum. Ministry will include providing meals, basic cleaning tasks, helping with men's and women's ministry days, and showing the Jesus film.
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 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 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 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.
SBU's Mongolia team will travel to the capital city of this sparsely populated country. They will camp alongside the gers of the nomadic herdsmen of Mongolia and will share their testimonies and God's story (Creation to Christ). The team also will assist with work in impoverished communities working toward poverty relief while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
This team will reach out to the youth of South Asia as they hang out with college students, build friendships, learn about their culture and beliefs, and share the hope of Jesus with them. SBU's team will encourage the few local believers as they help reach local college students with the Gospel.
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 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.