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.
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 un-churched 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. The team will develop relationships with the people on the reservation and learn from them. The goal is to help move the Lakota people to self-sufficiency in gardening while having conversations about faith. Team members will show Christ's love to the Lakota people and bring the reality of God's Kingdom to them. This will help lay the groundwork for a future church plant.
This team will begin their travels by attending the Passion conference in Atlanta, Ga. for an intensive three-day conference with a variety of worship artists and speakers. Following the conference, the team will partner with Cross Cultural Missions in Chamblee, Ga. The team's ministry efforts will focus on immigrant families and will include service projects, tutoring children after school, assisting with Adult ESL, and leading Bible studies for children.
More than 100 different ethnic groups reside in Houston making it one of the most multicultural cities in the country. SBU's Houston team will share the love of Christ in inner-city Houston in partnership with the Faith Center and First Baptist Church of Houston. Team members will join in various ministry opportunities including teaching children and youth, tutoring, service ministry, street evangelism, visiting different religious sites, and assisting in a local food bank and clothing closet ministry.
This team will serve alongside various inner city ministries and outreaches of The Dream Center in Los Angeles. The Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that helps meet the needs of more than 80,000 individuals and families each month. Possible ministry opportunities for the SBU team include Adopt-A-Block homeless ministry, serving in a food bank, handing out groceries through the Food Truck, and serving at His Hands Extended thrift store.
More than 100 families are still in need of assistance in rebuilding their homes after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This SBU team will spend Spring Break rebuilding damaged or destroyed homes. This team's work will be in partnership with Reach Global and their contractors.
With the vision of investing in long-term relationships with communities on various reservations, the South Dakota team will spend Spring Break living life with the Lakota people. As they work to meet physical, relational and spiritual needs, the team will bring the good news of Christ to the Lakota 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 travel to the Baja peninsula region of Mexico to minister to children at the Door of Faith orphanage, located about one hour south of the U.S. border between Rosarito and Ensenada. The Door of Faith Orphanage serves well over 100 children and has become a family atmosphere for children who need to be loved and accepted. SBU's team will share the love of Christ through recreation, service projects, and conversations.
The Colombia team is working toward a long-term strategy of seeing a church planted in Bogota that will ultimately have the vision for planting other churches within the community. The philosophy of the ministry is evangelism through relationships within the community, using community events and door-to-door visitations to advance this work. Ministry will include canvassing the neighborhood and hosting an outreach event that would be community-oriented such as kids' club/VBS events, sports, and community service projects.
This team will meet physical and spiritual needs by partnering with a local church and medical facility in Dominican Republic. Ministry opportunities will include serving in a medical clinic, providing needed medical supplies, construction work with the local church, and handing out basic supplies such as clothing, shoes and backpacks.
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 SBU Haiti team will spend Spring Break providing a water well for a village in Haiti. The team will install a new water well using a well drilling machine. Additionally, the team will teach about sanitation, proper hygiene, wellness and the Gospel while in the village. This service is in partnership with Living Water International.
SBU's Jamaica team will travel to a small village in the beautiful mountains of Jamaica. They will bring life and hope to the community as they partner with local believers of Christian Fellowship Church of Catadupa. Team members will participate in construction projects for individual family homes and community buildings, and will interact with children through Kids Club.
SBU's Lithuania team will partner with Future Leaders Foundation and The Baptist Union of Lithuania to come alongside young Lithuanian church leaders and assist in leading children and youth camps. The team also will assist with church services and conduct seminars to train youth leaders. They will provide valuable support, training, and encouragement to the Lithuanian church leadership as they reach their country with the Gospel.
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 Go in the Name ministries, this team will serve in El Valle, Panama, a mountainous community outside of Panama City. The team will partner with a local church to assist in various activities from canvassing neighborhoods to assisting in VBS and door-to-door 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.
SBU's Raimundo team will work together to build a house for a family in need in Guatemala. The team will stay in a nearby church or facility as they spend a week building this home from start to finish under the supervision of a professional builder.
This team will travel to three villages in the eastern part of Senegal to share testimonies and the Good News to the Jahanka and Mandinka people groups. The trip will involve evangelism through storytelling, discipleship, and encouragement. The team will be fully immersed in the culture as they sleep in huts, gather water, and help prepare meals. Visiting villagers, greeting and storying with them through translators will be the primary focus of this trip.
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.