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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.
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.
This new 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.
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 CGC team will partner with Convoy of Hope in Springfield, MO on a weekly basis by volunteering with the Hands of Hope ministry. Team members will join other community volunteers to sort, label, and package needed resources to prepare disaster relief items for global distribution.
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.
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!
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 hike the Appalachian Trail in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with the goal of relational ministry and evangelism with the hikers who come from all over the world to hike this trail.
This team will share the love of Jesus in inner-city Houston, Texas. Partnering with Faith Center through First Baptist Church of Houston, this team will serve a diverse population in a variety of ways including teaching children and youth, tutoring, street evangelism, assisting a local food bank, and more.
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.
This team will invest in long-term relationships with communities on the various reservations. This spring the team will be on the Rosebud reservation helping to meet the physical, relational, and spiritual needs of the Lakota.
This team will work alongside established and emerging church planters in Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden to assist with compassion projects and outreach opportunities. Ministry will include prayer walking and engaging in Gospel conversations.
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 spend the January break serving at Door of Faith Orphanage in the Baja peninsula region of Mexico. The team will connect with children and partner with local ministries in the community.
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.
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.
The Pyrenees team will hike in northern Spain and engage in Gospel conversations with pilgrims hiking the Camino from all over the world. Team members will help fellow travelers, share group meals, and present the Gospel to those they meet.
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.
The Zimbabwe team will minister to 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 a local Zimbabwean missionary with a kid's club outreach program for young children.