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Short-Term Service Directory

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Short-Term Service Directory 2012 Copyright 2011 by Christian Vocations (a ministry of Global Connections) Caswell Road Sydenham Industrial Estate Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV31 1QF Tel: 01926 487755 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publisher. Published by Christian Vocations (a ministry of Global Connections) Registered in England & Wales No 3886596; Charity No. 1081966 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Inclusion in the Short-Term Service Directory does not imply endorsement by Christian Vocations. Applicants should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of the organisation and the programme that they are considering. While every care is taken to ensure that information is correct at the time of going to press, enquirers should contact organisations for full current details.

Acknowledgements We would like to express our appreciation to John Bagg, UK Director of WEC International, for his article, Carpe diem: Seize the Day. We also thank the following for articles, testimonies and photographs used in this publication: Act4Africa, ACTS Africa, Aim International, BMS World Mission, CCI and Heatree Activity Centre, DNA, Eastern European Outreach, Friends International, Frontiers, Hope for Kids International, Interserve, Latin Link, LightForce International, MECO UK & Ireland, Novi Most International, OMF International, Operation Mobilisation, Tim Davy of Redcliffe College, Riverside School of Performing Arts, The Lighthouse Group, United Beach Missions and WEC International. We also thank Manson Group Ltd for their help in the production of this directory.

Designer: Francesco Tabbuso, stripyeye.com Editor: Jo Jowett, Global Connections

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CONTENTS

Short-Term Service Directory

2012

why go?

where to go Page 30 Location information

Page 6 Feature article: Seize the Day John Bagg, UK Director of WEC challenges us to take hold of the opportunities God gives us and shares his own experiences of how a short-term mission experience affected his own spiritual journey.

Find the country you are looking for in the relevant regional section. Under each country you will find a list of organisations which work in that country. You can then find information about the organisation in the ‘Who to go with’ section starting on page 46 which lists organisations alphabetically.

Page 10 The adventure of living missionally Information about GO!2012 and Mission-Net: ways you can connect with God’s mission in the world.

Page 15 Stories and testimonies from those who have ‘seized the day’ and seen God at work in their lives through short-term mission projects all over the world.

Page 29 A reminder to look out for the Code of Best Practice logo. Where you see it, you will know those organisations are meeting a high standard in the running of their programmes to give you the best possible experience.

what to do Page 40 Activity information If you have a clear idea of the type of thing you want to do, this section lists a variety of activities, under which you will find a list of organisations offering programmes which incorporate that activity.

who to go with Page 46 Organisation and programme information This section contains an alphabetical listing of organisations offering short-term programmes. Information on location, cost, timing and eligibility is summarised for each programme.

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Seize and Serve! According to the records of word searches on Google, the phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ is looked up more than any other phrase. I wonder why there is such a fascination with the phrase. Perhaps it’s something to do with the pervading mood of society which suggests we should seek all the pleasure we can and accumulate as much as we can while we can. Why work when you can play?! More positively, those who adopt the ‘carpe diem’ take on life may do so from more altruistic motives – why take when there’s an opportunity to give? The usual understanding of the phrase ‘carpe diem’ is ‘seize the day’ but this meaning actually isn’t literal enough for some Latin Scholars. 'Carpe' translates literally as 'pluck', with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is 'enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe'. A more extended meaning suggests, ‘Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future’. I love this idea and I think it echoes how Jesus would have us live. When he commanded his disciples to ‘Go… and make disciples’ he wasn’t suggesting that they should hang around for a while to think about. The task was urgent! Paul, writing to the Christians at Ephesus suggests we should, ‘Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.’ To the Colossian Christians he writes, ‘Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity.’ That’s a real challenge to my tendency to hold back and procrastinate. And yet, I know how God can bless and use me when I take the opportunities he gives me, even the small and seemingly insignificant ones. My husband and I work on a street project in Birmingham called City Pastors which serves the city’s night entertainment hub at the weekends. A while back we got talking to a girl who was about to go on a rehab programme to get off Methadone which she had been taking following years of drug addiction. As she shared her story, we listened intently. Her face lit up as we suggested that we would pray for her during her rehab programme. As we were about to leave her, I sensed the Lord prompting me - ‘Pray for her right now! Seize the moment!’ At that moment, two of her friends arrived to take her home, but the moment wasn’t lost. All three of them bowed their heads and placed their hands on their chests, as if absorbing into their hearts every word of the prayer. In their brokenness there was such openness. It was a God-given moment which had to be seized there and then. We believe the seeds of His love were sown in their hearts at that moment and we’re praying for a chance to meet this girl again. Throughout this publication, you’ll be challenged again to ‘seize the day’ or ‘pluck the day while it is ripe’. You’ll read testimonies of those who have seen God work in amazing ways in their lives as they have done so. This edition of the Short-term Service Directory invites you to take the opportunities it presents. There’s probably more information than you can take on board in one hit, but why not ask God to help you seek out and take the opportunities he is giving you to serve him here and now and in the future? You’ll be amazed at what might happen.

Jo Jowett E ditor M obi lisati on Director, Global Connecti ons

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why go? Page 6 Feature article: Seize the Day John Bagg, UK Director of WEC challenges us to take hold of the opportunities God gives us and shares his own experiences of how a short-term mission experience affected his own spiritual journey.

Page 10 The adventure of living missionally Information about GO!2012 and Mission-Net: ways you can connect with God’s mission in the world.

Page 15 Stories and testimonies from those who have ‘seized the day’ and seen God at work in their lives through shortterm mission projects all over the world.

Page 29 A reminder to look out for the Code of Best Practice logo. Where you see it, you will know those organisations are meeting a high standard in the running of their programmes to give you the best possible experience.

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Seize the day: ‘Now would be a good time to pray that we arrive safely!’ These were the pilot’s words as the tropical storm blew our sixseater Cessna out across the Atlantic Ocean. I confess that wasn't our only prayer as my wife and I attempted to live long enough to start a two-year stint of missionary service. ‘O God, why did you bring us out here to die?’ may also have gone through my mind! Anyway, having landed safely, we arrived at our new home, wet, hot and frantically processing the new sights, sounds and smells – no orientation can prepare you! We gratefully went to bed, tucked in mosquito nets and settled our heads on pillows that smelt damp in a way that only pillows that have done time in subSaharan Africa can smell. Exhausted and relieved to be alive, we drifted to sleep. 6

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carpe diem


Until we heard the shooting ... Raised in rural Somerset, I hadn't been exposed to a great deal of small-arms fire, so I’m not sure how I recognised it ... Then I heard it again: ka-ka-ka-ka. I tried to leap out of bed, only to rediscover the mosquito net. Pauline and I groggily struggled to find our way out, but eventually gave up. 'If this was our time to die, why fight?' ... Then we heard the words of the Imam calling local people to the five o’clock prayers, over an old PA system that suffered from crackly, gunfirelike static.

This was our introduction to short-term mission.

Carpe diem:

extending the Kingdom It’s a privilege to be asked to write for a magazine so full of opportunities for the body of Christ to serve. As you read these pages I hope you get a sense that there is something for you to do, and that God wants to take you and plant you somewhere. I believe we, His people, His church, should be the channels through whom God might speak His words of comfort, hope, truth and love to this world ... Let's seize the day! Because if we don't, who will? Short-term mission has an increasing and important impact on the growth of the kingdom. In the past, the focus of short-term mission was for people to support and augment long-term workers with long-term vision. Teachers, medical staff, administrative and clerical support made a vital contribution to the continuation of work on the

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mission field. This is still necessary and much valued – but more and more in missions today, as in the business world, organisations are having to reexamine their strategies to integrate a generation with a short-term or 'seasonal' pattern to life. This gives much more freedom, to those committing to shorter periods of time, to develop and pioneer new work in new ways that may only have a very short lifespan. For example, in Asia WEC International is seeking to develop strategies with short-term church planting teams that focus on a specific area. The fruit from this can then be picked up and developed by those who are there longer term. In Africa we have reading or book rooms which address the problems of low levels of literacy. Someone with the right gifting can, in a few months, significantly affect the lives of many people. Finding God’s ways to build short-term missions into strategic kingdom initiatives, such that the longerterm vision is greatly enhanced but not reliant on them, is sometimes easier said than done. In WEC we are seeking to reach out to unreached people groups and communities, to incarnate Christ and share stories of Jesus. To do this we need to build relationships, interact with people, learn their culture, their language, their traditions – all this takes a long time. Nevertheless, we – and other agencies – are all striving to create meaningful projects, with clear short-term aims and meaningful, satisfying outcomes, in the recognition that short-term work 'is a strategy'.

Carpe diem:

knowing Jesus Early in our time in Africa an older missionary took me to one side and shared something, in a way that only older missionaries can: God had brought me there not because of the things I was going to do. He’d brought me because of the things He wanted to do in me, and through me. There then followed two of the most formative years that Pauline and I have ever known. It was a period when something broke inside me and I understood for the first time that I was no longer my own and that Jesus was Lord of my life – in a real sense, not a conceptual one. The thing I took from this time was the need to serve God above all else, to commit our lives to doing what He wants to do, and to reap the reward that comes from serving Him and others.

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Seize the day As you look around do you understand the times in which you live? Can you perceive the hand of Christ as He builds His church? Do you desire to align yourself with what He is doing? Whatever He is doing is for today, and for His people to get on with ... Carpe diem! Seizing the day is about taking every opportunity that God presents. Not just to do things for Him, but also to allow Him to work within us. That’s the

John, along with his wife Pauline, are WEC

ultimate motivation and satisfaction: serving so

UK Directors. They were married in 1990

we know Jesus. This magazine is filled with

and have four children: Esther, Ollie, Joe

opportunities to seize and serve.

and Caitlin. They served with WEC as shorttermers from 1991 to 1993, eventually

You are on a journey, and perhaps short-term

joining the mission full-time in 1999. After

mission is the next step for you. It might lead to a

language study in France, they worked in

longer-term commitment to a particular ministry.

education of missionary children in

More importantly, I trust it will lead to a lifelong

Senegal, West Africa. On returning to the

commitment to know Christ, to love Him, to

UK in 2005 they served as mission

worship Him and to express that by serving Him.

mobilizers in the South West, before taking up the role of UK Directors in 2007. They

It is an awesome privilege to be a part of what

share a passion and prayerful concern to

He's doing in the world. As you read, pray that He

see the UK Church rise up and take it's

will, by His Spirit, enlighten your hearts and minds

place again in reaching out to those in our

to His calling upon your lives!

generation and in the wider world who for

John Bagg

one reason or another have little opportunity to hear the gospel.

John is one of the main organisers of the GO!2012 event. Read more about this on pages 10-11.

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‘...to the Creator of the day’ When I hear the words ‘seize the day’ I am challenged to consider its meaning. Maybe it’s to live like it’s your last day, to do crazy things that you thought you’d never do. But I don’t think that this is really what it means. In Psalm 118v24 it says the words: ‘This is the day that the Lord has made...let us rejoice and be GLAD in it.’ I believe that to truly seize the day is to worship God with your whole being; to rejoice in Him, to surrender each day to Him - to lay your day at the feet of the one who has given you the day. God gave me 90 wonderful days in Madagascar. I was able to meet with a few Malagasy women every week as they sought to improve their conversational English. These women were so different to me, but they became like my Malagasy mothers. As we studied the Bible it was amazing to see their eyes open to the truth of God’s word and be changed. The last time our team met them we thanked them for being as mothers to us; yet how special for them to say that we were like mothers to them as we taught them about God’s love. What a special moment.

…lay your day at the feet of the one who has given you the day 16 why go?

I also remember going to an orphanage and telling the kids about God’s love shown to them in Jesus on the cross. What an amazing thing to see these kids respond and ask God for forgiveness. One boy told his teacher later that day that he had been ‘born again’. Even though I had never used those words, he knew that he had been changed and forgiven. How amazing to be able to learn from these kids.

forward into all that God is calling you into. I know that God has changed me during my time in Madagascar and I am thankful that He chose to use me as well.

There were times spent learning Malagasy with my neighbour. To see how we were able to have fellowship as sisters in Christ even though we spoke different languages was astonishing. We were able to laugh and to sing of God’s love together. To ‘seize the day’ is to give your all to the Creator of the day. Forgetting what is behind, strive

Sarah Gilkinson

Aim International


Serving through soccer ‘With another church member, I went to Thailand for a month last summer as a member of Sattha, a Serve Asia short-term team doing football ministry in Central Thailand. Sattha, translated into English, means ‘faith’. Each summer young Christian men from around the world join Sattha for a 22-day tour of six provinces in Central Thailand, organising soccer tournaments and doing evangelism. ‘Summer 2010 marked the tenth anniversary of Sattha. Not only is Thailand gripped with football fever 24/7, Team Sattha 2010 ran during the final weeks of the World Cup – so you can imagine how much added energy there was in the villages we visited! ‘The Thai population have a real love for Western culture, so to see 23 non-Thai men rolling into their village in a huge coach really got them excited. Everywhere we went, people asked for our autographs! ‘Since Sattha began, the team has also visited schools, teaching English and performing sketches. This year, some schools allowed the team to come in and help, while others were less keen.

that one day they would be Christians like us. ‘What I’ve particularly come home with is the sense of what my strengths and gifts are, plus a willingness to serve overseas at some future date. For now, however, it’s a case of seeking God’s will for my life, and using my experiences and renewed passion for sharing the gospel to serve my home church, grow in my relationship with God and deepen my understanding of his word and ways.

‘Slowly and surely, the team’s leaders have seen some progress in people’s receptivity to the gospel. This summer saw a particularly big breakthrough with our coach driver, P’Noi, and his wife, P’Bee. ‘One morning they approached Will, one of our leaders, and told him they were unable to sleep because a spirit kept visiting them at night. The couple believed this was the spirit of their deceased child. They tried to appease the spirit by going to the temple and giving offerings, but that didn’t work, so they asked Will to pray for them, which he promptly did. ‘The next morning P’Noi thanked Will for his prayers, and said that he and P’Bee had slept

wonderfully for the first time in days. After that P’Noi began to read a Bible that had been given to him by the team. He also began studying it with Will. At the end of the tour, P’Noi and his wife asked the team for our prayers, and said they hoped

‘After all isn’t that part of what mission’s about? To find what God-given gifts you have, then use them to glorify his name in the place where you will make the most impact.’ Alan Falconer OMF Sattha Soccer Team , Thailand why go? 17


Sometimes God takes us to places we don’t want to go I didn’t want to go to Africa. Even though I’d been before and enjoyed it, I didn’t feel I needed to go back. I didn’t want to leave my girls with other families for that length of time. I had deadlines and commitments and there was just too much to do. In spite of my misgivings before my trip, it was amazing. I realized I was seeing things I would never see anywhere else – rugged beauty, amazing wildlife, wonderful people. Sometimes God takes us to places we don’t want to go. As I put that in the context of this season of my life – preparing to send my oldest daughter off to college later in the year – I realized that God was going to show me things that I would never be able to experience any other way. Of course, as God leads us on, sometimes we experience suffering and pain – through serious illness, the death of a child, when a spouse walks away or when families are separated by ‘greater’ commitments. This was the case when Habakkuk cried 20 why go?

out for relief from injustice. For a time, the enemies of God prevailed and by God’s doing, His people were in a place they didn’t want to be. Habakkuk could have responded to this revelation in a number of ways. Not all might have been Godhonouring. Instead, he concluded with a bold statement of faith: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pens and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God, my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go to the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19.

I realized that God was going to show me things that I would never be able to experience any other way. surprising me with His majesty, beauty and power. But I know that some of those places will be difficult – requiring all the faith I possess just to make it from minute to minute. I pray that I will be grateful for all of the places God leads me, realizing that the Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go to the heights. Ann Lovell

I know that God is going to continue to take me to some places I don’t want to be. I pray that most of those experiences will be like my journey to Africa –

ACTS Africa


Gaining Confidence Chris Sharp, aged 24, tells his story of a gap year at Heatree Activity Centre in deepest Dartmoor! I became a Christian in my teens whilst visiting an activity centre with my youth group, so while I was growing up that time away kept coming back to me. I heard about this centre through a friend, who later became my wife! It’s situated in a fairly remote area of Devon in beautiful surroundings. A church internship had given me experience working with young people, but I had never done anything adventurous in the outdoors. I joined the trainee instructor team for a year. The work has involved everything from a bit of housekeeping and kitchen work to leading ‘assembly time’ with school groups and helping lead outdoor activities. It’s been an apprenticeship style of learning on the job which I’ve really enjoyed. You watch others doing assemblies and then after a week or two it’s your turn to have a go and be mentored by someone else. Then the reins are off and it’s amazing how your confidence grows!

the reins been helped the prayer are off and through and Bible times we it’s amazing have together as a team. I have how your spiritually become confidence more independent through this process, grows My faith has really

learning to trust God more. There are

always people to talk with about faith issues. It’s been like having another family. A lot of the children that come to stay at the centre watch your every move. That’s the key witness – how the team interact with each other. Then, after assembly time, they often ask questions about everything from heaven and hell to how God shows compassion. There’s just no experience to match a gap year. I was in a protected, learning environment where I was able to try things and explore, gaining confidence all the time. It’s certainly been a fullon time – emotionally and physically. I’m considering what future ministry God is asking me to get involved in now and how I can use one of the skills I’ve picked up which is learning to work with a diversity of people. Heatree Activity Centre is a member of CCI and offers a number of trainee instructor roles each year.

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what to do Activity information If you have a clear idea of the type of thing you want to do, this section lists a variety of activities, under which you will find a list of organisations offering programmes which incorporate that activity. 40 what to do


Church Related Church Related CM S Fri ends I nternati onal GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) Pi oneers Children's Ministry Act4Afri ca ACTS Afri ca AI M I nternati onal ALOV E UK Arab World M inistri es BM S World M issi on CCI Crosslinks DNA GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) I nternati onal Teams I nterserve Latin Link LightForce I nternati onal London City M issi on M ECO UK and I reland M issi on Afri ca OM F I nternati onal OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on Pi oneers Samaritan's Purse I nternati onal Scripture Uni on SI M Smi le I nternati onal Soapbox Springs Dance Company Tearfund United Beach M issi ons USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal YES

Outreach to Cults

Youth Ministry

Church Planting

WEC I nternati onal

ALOV E UK Arab World M inistri es E astern European Outreach Fronti ers GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) Hope Now I nternati onal Teams New Tribes M issi on OM F I nternati onal OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on ReachAcross SI M WEC I nternati onal

Pastoral / Church Based

Evangelism

Act4Afri ca ALOV E UK BM S World M issi on CCI I nterserve Latin Link London City M issi on Oddments Theatre Company Oxygen Riversi de School of Performing Arts SI M Springs Dance Company United Beach M issi ons USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal YES Youth For Christ

Act4Afri ca ACTS Afri ca AI M I nternati onal ALOV E UK CCI CM S Crosslinks DNA E astern European Outreach I nternati onal Teams Latin Link London City M issi on M issi on Afri ca Novi M ost I nternati onal OM F I nternati onal OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on Oxygen Pi oneers Riversi de School of Performing Arts Scripture Uni on SI M Smi le I nternati onal Springs Dance Company The Lighthouse Group UFM Worldwi de United Beach M issi ons USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal YES Youth For Christ

BM S World M issi on DNA Fri ends I nternati onal I nternati onal Teams Latin Link OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal YES School's Work

AI M I nternati onal ALOV E UK Arab World M inistri es AsiaLink BM S World M issi on CCI Crosslinks DNA E astern European Outreach Fri ends I nternati onal GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) Hope Now I nternati onal Teams Latin Link Lee Abbey London London City M issi on M issi on Afri ca New Generati on Musi c Oddments Theatre Company Communications/Media OM F I nternati onal OM S-UK Communications Art / Graphics / DTP Operati on M obi lisati on Fronti ers Act4Afri ca Pi oneers I nterserve OM F I nternati onal ReachAcross New Generati on Musi c The Lighthouse Group Riversi de School of Novi M ost I nternati onal T WR Europe Performing Arts Wycliffe Bible Translators Operati on M obi lisati on Scripture Uni on Riversi de School of Youth For Christ SI M Performing Arts Springs Dance Company WEC I nternati onal UFM Worldwi de United Beach M issi ons WEC I nternati onal YES Youth For Christ what to do 41


Bible Translation

Promotions / PR / Media

OM F I nternati onal SI M SI M WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators The Lighthouse Group T WR Europe Drama / Dance / Music WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators Act4Afri ca Youth For Christ I nternati onal Teams New Generati on Musi c Radio Novi M ost I nternati onal Oddments Theatre Oddments Theatre Company Company SI M Operati on M obi lisati on T WR Europe Pi oneers WEC I nternati onal Riversi de School of Performing Arts TV / Film / Video Scripture Uni on AI M I nternati onal Soapbox Springs Dance Company Arab World M inistri es Pi oneers WEC I nternati onal WEC I nternati onal Youth For Christ Editorial / Journalism

M ercy Ships T WR Europe WEC I nternati onal Linguistics

Development Agriculture

SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal

New Tribes M issi on WEC I nternati onal Community Development Wycliffe Bible Translators ACTS Afri ca Literacy AI M I nternati onal BM S World M issi on AI M I nternati onal DNA Latin Link E astern European New Tribes M issi on Outreach SI M Engineering M inistri es WEC I nternati onal I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators Fronti ers Literature I nternati onal Teams LightForce I nternati onal Arab World M inistri es M ECO UK and I reland AsiaLink M ercy Ships GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) OM F I nternati onal Operati on M obi lisati on The Lighthouse Group Pi oneers UFM Worldwi de Samaritan's Purse WEC I nternati onal I nternati onal SI M Smi le I nternati onal Tearfund USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on Visi on for China 42 what to do

Emergency Relief

Secondary Education

WEC I nternati onal DNA

USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Acts of Hope Oxygen SI M The Lighthouse Group

Social Development

WEC I nternati onal ACTS Afri ca Latin Link LightForce I nternati onal SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on

Education General Education

WEC I nternati onal Acts of Hope CCI CM S Crosslinks DNA Fronti ers Hope for K i ds I nternati onal I nterserve Oxygen Pi oneers Riversi de School of Performing Arts SI M The Lighthouse Group USPG: Angli cans in

Special Needs

USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Hope for K i ds I nternati onal LightForce I nternati onal M ECO UK and I reland Teaching

M issi on Afri ca SI M Visi on for China WEC I nternati onal Acts of Hope AI M I nternati onal BM S World M issi on CCI CM S Crosslinks Hope for K i ds I nternati onal I nternati onal Teams I nterserve Higher Education Latin Link World M issi on M ECO UK and I reland WEC I nternati onal M ercy Ships Riversi de School of Near E ast M inistry Performing Arts New Tribes M issi on SI M OM F I nternati onal USPG: Angli cans in OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on Houseparents Pi oneers World M issi on ReachAcross WEC I nternati onal Scripture Uni on Hope for K i ds SI M Soapbox Primary Education Tearfund I nternati onal The Lighthouse Group SI M WEC I nternati onal Acts of Hope Fronti ers ReachAcross SI M


TEFL

UFM Worldwi de WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators AI M I nternati onal Crosslinks Fronti ers Hope Now I nternati onal Teams I nterserve M issi on Afri ca OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on ReachAcross Theological Education

Smi le I nternati onal USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on Visi on for China WEC I nternati onal CCI Crosslinks Vocational Education

M ECO UK and I reland M ercy Ships OM S-UK Operati on M obi lisati on Pi oneers ReachAcross Samaritan's Purse I nternati onal SI M

Practical & Technical

Midwifery

Engineering M inistri es I nternati onal Latin Link M ercy Ships New Tribes M issi on OM S-UK

UFM Worldwi de USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on Nursing

Visi on for China WEC I nternati onal SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on M ECO UK and I reland M ercy Ships Near E ast M inistry OM S-UK ReachAcross SI M

DNA Ophthalmics SI M Smi le I nternati onal USPG: Angli cans in USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Visi on for China Crosslinks Hope for K i ds Surgery

Medical Dentistry

I nternati onal SI M General Medical

USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal M ercy Ships SI M ACTS Afri ca AI M I nternati onal BM S World M issi on CM S Fronti ers Hope Now I nterserve

WEC I nternati onal M ercy Ships USPG: Angli cans in Technicians

World M issi on WEC I nternati onal M ercy Ships SI M WEC I nternati onal M ercy Ships ReachAcross

Construction

SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal

Gardening / Grounds

SI M Soapbox USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on General Engineering

WEC I nternati onal Lee Abbey USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Engineering M inistri es General Maintenance

I nternati onal Fronti ers M ercy Ships SI M WEC I nternati onal E llel M inistri es I nternati onal Lee Abbey London M ercy Ships New Tribes M issi on ReachAcross Mechanics

Samaritan's Purse I nternati onal SI M Soapbox Tearfund WEC I nternati onal

Practical

M ercy Ships New Tribes M issi on SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal BM S World M issi on CCI CM S Engineering M inistri es I nternati onal GLO (Gospel Literature Outreach) I nternati onal Teams Lee Abbey London M issi on Afri ca Near E ast M inistry New Tribes M issi on OM S-UK Technical

Pi oneers SI M Smi le I nternati onal UFM Worldwi de USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Engineering M inistri es I nternati onal M ercy Ships

Social Action Social Action

New Generati on Musi c Pi oneers SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on T WR Europe WEC I nternati onal Act4Afri ca CM S Addictions

I nterserve

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Care of Children

Pi oneers SI M Tearfund USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal ACTS Afri ca CCI Hope for K i ds I nternati onal Hope Now I nternati onal Teams I nterserve LightForce I nternati onal Near E ast M inistry New Generati on Musi c Oxygen Debt Advice

Samaritan's Purse Elderly

I nternati onal SI M Smi le I nternati onal USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on

Social Worker

Computers

WEC I nternati onal I nternati onal Teams USPG: Angli cans in

Operati on M obi lisati on SI M The Lighthouse Group T WR Europe USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators

Street Children

World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Near E ast M inistry WEC I nternati onal Fronti ers SI M WEC I nternati onal

Support Ministries

M ercy Ships New Generati on Musi c New Tribes M issi on Operati on M obi lisati on SI M USPG: Angli cans in World M issi on

Support Ministries

Logistics

Crosslinks I nternati onal Teams Latin Link M issi on Afri ca

WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators

Unemployed

BM S World M issi on

Administration

SI M Soapbox WEC I nternati onal Family Issues WEC I nternati onal CM S WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators I nterserve USPG: Angli cans in WEC I nternati onal World M issi on Homeless AI M I nternati onal BM S World M issi on London City M issi on Crosslinks Near E ast M inistry Fri ends I nternati onal Prison & Ex-Offenders Fronti ers Hope for K i ds USPG: Angli cans in I nternati onal World M issi on I nternati onal Teams WEC I nternati onal Lee Abbey Refugees Lee Abbey London M ercy Ships London City M issi on New Generati on Musi c Oxygen WEC I nternati onal London City M issi on Residential / Social Care

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Finance

Management

M ercy Ships New Tribes M issi on SI M USPG: Angli cans in Personnel / Training

Cultural Awareness / Encouragement

E astern European Outreach I nternati onal Teams LightForce I nternati onal Novi M ost I nternati onal OM S-UK Oxygen Scripture Uni on WEC I nternati onal Youth For Christ Arab World M inistri es AsiaLink CM S E astern European Holiday

Outreach Fri ends I nternati onal Fronti ers Housekeeping / Catering / Wardens

Lee Abbey London LightForce I nternati onal New Tribes M issi on Samaritan's Purse I nternati onal SI M

World M issi on WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators Outdoor Activities WEC I nternati onal Other Wycliffe Bible Translators Arts CCI SI M Lee Abbey WEC I nternati onal WEC I nternati onal BM S World M issi on Prayer SI M Visi on for China CCI E llel M inistri es Camps I nternati onal WEC I nternati onal Lee Abbey SI M Lee Abbey London T WR Europe M ercy Ships WEC I nternati onal WEC I nternati onal I nterserve CCI New Generati on Musi c Fronti ers Operati on M obi lisati on LightForce Riversi de School of I nternati onal Performing Arts CCI


Professional Skills / Tentmaking

Novi M ost I nternati onal Soapbox WEC I nternati onal Arab World M inistri es AsiaLink CCI CM S Fronti ers Lee Abbey OM F I nternati onal OM S-UK Research

SI M WEC I nternati onal Retreat / Conference Centres

Sports

I nterserve OM F I nternati onal Pi oneers ReachAcross SI M WEC I nternati onal DNA WEC I nternati onal Wycliffe Bible Translators CCI Lee Abbey SI M WEC I nternati onal Technicians

AI M I nternati onal ALOV E UK CCI

AI M I nternati onal Arab World M inistri es Crosslinks Engineering M inistri es I nternati onal

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who to go with Organisation and programme information This section contains an alphabetical listing of organisations offering short-term programmes. Information on location, cost, timing and eligibility is summarised for each programme.

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Act4Africa Kathy Smedley, Act4Africa, 17 Seamons Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4ND

Tel: 0161 941 1435 Email: actnow@act4africa.org Web: www.act4africa.org &

eligible

activity

time

Individuals, Couples and Church Groups for Individual Placements Age: 18 – 70

Youth Work Drama School's Work Children's Work

Uganda Apply any time Duration: 2 weeks Start: 30 June 2012

place

Poverty reduction through dramatically different education. Improving health, well being and education for the world's poorest communities.

Gap Year Drama Team An exciting opportunity to use performing arts skills serving alongside our Africa team on our 2-week 'Difference Maker' team in Kasese, Uganda, giving thousands of young Africans hope for a future without HIV/AIDS.

cost

£675

ACTS Africa Charl Ackermann, ACTS Africa, PO Box 734, Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa 7979

Tel: +27 (0)21 789 1250 Email: acts@africanencounter.org Web: www.actsafrica.com &

eligible

activity

time

Individuals, Couples, Families and Church Groups for Individual Placements or Teams Age: 18+ (under 18's if accompanied by guardian)

Community Development Social Development Care of Children Children's Ministry Youth Ministry General Medical

Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe Apply any time Duration: 2 - 12 weeks Start: Ongoing

place

cost

From £280

ACTS exists to advance the kingdom of God by facilitating international, short-term mission trips, and by providing and facilitating effective short-term volunteer placements in Africa in partnership with local churches and organisations.

ACTS Africa There is little more rewarding and life-changing than Christian volunteering in Africa. ACTS Volunteer Projects come alongside local communities and churches, offering various incredible opportunities for ministry and cross-cultural missions involvement.

Acts of Hope Peter Willetts, Acts of Hope, 35 Jackson Court, Hazlemere, Surrey HP15 7TZ

Tel: 01494 819912 Email: actsofhope@talk21.com Web: www.actsofhope.org.uk &

eligible

activity

cost

time

Individuals, Couples, Families or Church Groups for Individual Placements or Teams Age: 16+

Primary Education Secondary Education Teaching

£60 per week (contact our office for more information)

India Apply any time Duration: Flexible to a maximum of 6 months Start: 1 June

place

'...Bringing Hope and Opportunity...'

Acts of Hope Volunteer Programme We welcome all volunteers wishing to serve at the Acts of Hope School, helping and teaching our children who come from the poorest and underprivileged sections of the Indian society.

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Aim International Marcella Bernales, AIM International, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN

Christ centred Churches among all African peoples

Synergy Gap Year Programme Providing opportunities of a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months for cross-cultural work and spiritual ministry. Training is provided beforehand and debriefing afterwards.

Tel: 0115 983 8130 Email: synergy.admin@aimeurope.net Web: www.synergyafrica.com or www.aimint.org/eu time

&

place

Many African countries, See Location Index. Apply any time (min 4 mths before departure) Duration: 3 - 12 months Start: Varies

cost

activity

eligible

Cost: Approx £7000 for 12 months (not including flights)

TV / Film / Video TEFL Youth Ministry Literacy Professional Skills / Tentmaking Administration

Individuals or Families for Individual Placements Age: 18 - 70

Synergy Teams

Student Placements

Our Synergy teams spend approx 5 weeks in Africa, working alongside the local church seeking to make disciples through a variety of ministries. Orientation is provided and a reunion weekend afterwards.

Placements for those studying Bible or Medical related courses. The purpose of these placements is to give the opportunity to see how your skills may be used in cross-cultural mission.

time

&

place

Congo, Chad, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Creative Access Nations Apply by: 15 April 2012 Duration: 5 weeks Start: July 2012

&

activity

activity

eligible

time

place

Children's Ministry Youth Ministry Teaching General Medical Sports Community Development

Individuals, Couples, Families or Church Groups for Teams Age: 18+

DR Congo, Chad, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Creative Access Nations Apply any time (allow 12-18 mths before start) Duration: 6 - 8 weeks Start: Any time

Children's Ministry Evangelism Teaching General Medical Literacy Community Development

eligible

Individuals or Couples Age: 18+

cost

cost

£2000 (not including flights)

£1000 (not including flights)

ALOVE UK Amy Pinwill, ALOVE UK, The Salvation Army, Territorial Headquarters, Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN

Tel: 020 7367 4534 Email: amy.pinwill@salvationarmy.org.uk Web: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/alove ALOVE's Mission: Calling a generation to time & place dynamic faith, radical lifestyle, adventurous mission and a fight for justice. UK Apply by: August Duration: 11 months Essential1 Start: September Run by ALOVE UK - The Salvation Army for a New Generation, the 'Essential' gap year is a discipleship and mission training course for young people who want to serve and reach out to the world around them.

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cost

activity

eligible

Free

Youth Ministry Evangelism Children's Ministry Schools Work Sports Church Planting

Individuals Age: 18 – 24


Arab World Ministries (a ministry of Pioneers) Helen Pardoe, Arab World Ministries, PO Box 51, Loughborough, Leics LE11 0ZQ

Tel: 01509 239525 Email: awmuk@awm-pioneers.org Web: www.awm-pioneers.org

(Regional Office in Northern Ireland) &

eligible

activity

time

Individuals, Couples or Families for Individual Placements; CUs and Church Groups for Teams Age: 18 - 65+

Children's Ministry Church Planting Professional Skills / Tentmaking Cultural Awareness / Encouragement Prayer TV / Film / Video

North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, France, UK. Other countries see Country Index Apply by: Individuals: 3 months prior; Teams: 6 months prior Duration: Individuals: 2 weeks - 1 year; Teams: 1 - 4 weeks Start: Varies

place

cost

Working in team situations and in partnership with local churches, AWM's purpose is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to Muslims of the Arab World, wherever they may be found.

Individual & Team Placements Experience mission at first hand! Join one of our established teams and work alongside long-term workers. Programmes can be tailored for individuals or small groups.

Varies with destination

&

eligible

activity

cost

time

Individuals or Married Couples Age: 18 – 50

Cultural Awareness / Encouragement Evangelism Prayer Children's Ministry Literature

Depends on programme; from approx £500 £1500

London, France, North Africa and Canaries Apply by: 31 March 2012 Duration: 4 or 6 weeks (depends on programme) Start: 2 July

place

Edge Teams Designed to expose you to ministry of long term workers involved in crosscultural church planting in the Arab World. It's your chance to taste Arab world mission first hand. Arranged in partnership with Pioneers.

AsiaLink Colin Dudgeon, AsiaLink, The Old Barn, Mill Farm, Fleetwood Road, Wesham, PR4 3HD

Tel: 01772 681618 Email: office@asialink.org.uk Web: www.asialink.org.uk &

eligible

activity

time

Individuals, Couples or Groups for Teams Age: 18 - 65+

Cultural Awareness / Encouragement Evangelism Literature Prayer

Restricted SE Asian countries Apply any time Duration: Flexible. Min: 2 weeks Start: Ongoing

place

cost

AsiaLink exists to reach the unreached people of Asia with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We operate in partnership with local Asian Christians and under their leadership.

Operation Monsoon Core mission: Distribution of multimedia presentations of the gospel and/or Bibles. Teams carry media across the border and travel by various means to designated areas. There may be some personal risk involved. Special Summer 2012 youth trip (18-24). Email: historymakers@asialink.org.uk

Approx £1500

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Springs Dance Company Helen Sollis, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Springs Dance Company, 65 John Kennedy Court, Newington Green Road, London, N1 4RT

Tel: 01634 817523 / 07775 628442 Email: elevate@springsdancecompany.org.uk Web: www.SpringsDanceCompany.org.uk Springs Dance Company aims to explore faith and life issues from a Christian perspective, to encourage dance within the church, education and the community, and to pursue educational and artistic excellence.

Apprenticeship Scheme The course provides intensive training in dance - ballet, contemporary and jazz techniques; choreography; repertoire; improvisation; teaching practice and contextual studies; set within a Christian context. The 10-month course culminates in a national or international tour.

time

&

place

UK (London) Apply by: ASAP (auditions held from Nov to June ) Duration: 3 or 10 months Start: September 2012

activity

eligible

Children Church-based Work Drama / Dance Evangelism Schools Work Youth Work

Individuals Age: 18+

cost

£1850 to £3950

Tearfund Transform, Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8QE

(Regional Offices in Scotland &Northern Ireland) We are Christians passionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives. Our vision is to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

Transform - Long Term Placements Teams of up to 9 people go overseas to work with Tearfund partners around the world. They work in partnership with local people on practical projects.

time

&

place

Thailand, Uganda, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda Apply by: 15 October 2012 Duration: 2 - 4 months Start: Jan, March & April 2013

Tel: 020 8943 7777 Email: transform@tearfund.org Web: www.tearfund.org/transform

cost

activity

eligible

From approx £1700 (2 months) to £3000 (4 months) plus flights and visa, depending on location and cost at time of travel

Children's Ministry Community Development General Maintenance Teaching Social Action

Individuals, Married Couples, Disabled and Church Groups for Teams. Medical & CRB clearance required. Age: 18+

Transform - Summer Teams

Transform - Family Trips

Teams of up to 9 people go overseas to work with Tearfund partners around the world. They work in partnership with local people on practical projects.

Groups of 3 or 4 families travel together and work with local partners and communities on projects, including building, gardening and children's work.

time

&

place

Includes: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia Apply by: 1 March 2012 Duration: 2 or 6 weeks Start: 2 July & 9 August 2012

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&

activity

eligible

time

Children's Ministry Community Development General Maintenance Teaching Social Action

Individuals, Married Couples, Disabled & Church Groups for Teams. Medical & CRB clearance required. Age: 18+

Tanzania and South Africa Apply by: 1 May 2012 Duration: 1 - 2 weeks Start: 10 August 2012

cost

From approx £1000 upwards (2 weeks) to £1700 (6 weeks) plus flights and visa, depending on location and cost at time of travel

place

activity

Children's Ministry Community Development General Maintenance Teaching Social Action

eligible

Individuals, Married Couples, Disabled and Church Groups for Teams. Medical & CRB clearance for all adults required. Age: Families children must be aged 7+ (Year 2 and upwards)

cost

1 week trip from £400 plus flights and visa costs


The Lighthouse Group Meryl Sitch, The Lighthouse Group, National Support Centre, Hope Park, Bradford, BD5 8HH

Tel: 0845 508 3242 Email: info@tlg.org.uk Web: www.tlg.org.uk &

eligible

activity

cost

time

Individuals, Couples or Families for Individual Placements Age: 21+

Youth Ministry Literature Promotions / PR / Media Secondary Education Teaching Administration

Bursary of up to £135/week

UK Apply by: 31 June 2012 Duration: 6 - 11 months Start: August 2012

place

In centres across the UK, we educate young people who are at crisis in their education.

The Fast Track Intern Programme We need people with a vibrant Christian faith to work within our pioneering Christian Charity for diverse experiences like leading activities within the education and youth work team or in organisational development. It will develop you as a leader.

TWR Europe Philipp Ruesch, TWR Europe, Wolfholzgasse 2, 2345 Brunn a.G, Austria

Tel: +43 (2236) 312 488 56 Email: pruesch@twr.org Web: www.twreurope.org eligible

activity

Individuals or Couples for Individual Placements Age: 18 - 30

Editorial / Journalism Promotions / PR / Media Radio Technical Administration Personnel / Training

cost

£700 / month

time

&

place

Austria, Slovakia Apply by: 4 months prior to starting date Duration: 8 - 12 weeks Start: Ongoing

To reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced.

TWR Europe Internship Program TWR interns experience on-the-job training that relates to their field of interest/study, while at the same time meeting real needs.

UFM Worldwide Jonathan Redhead or Debbie Fitch, UFM Worldwide, 145 Faringdon Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5DL

Tel: 01793 610515 Email: jonathan@ufm.org.uk or debbie@ufm.org.uk Web: www.ufm.org.uk &

eligible

activity

cost

time

Individuals, Couples, Families, Disabled or Church Groups for Individual Placements or Teams Age: 18+

Evangelism Literature Teaching Youth Ministry General Medical Practical

£400 - £1800

Burkino Faso, France, Ireland, Brazil, Moldova, Peru, Eastern Europe Apply by: End of May 2012 Duration: 2 - 3 weeks Start: July

place

UFM is an interdenominational mission that partners, mainly with UK churches, to send missionaries to Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific, South America and Europe.

Summer Teams Teams support our work in evangelism, church planting amongst unreached people groups, theological education, leadership training, street children’s ministry, youth work, medical work, building/maintenance projects and church related community development and support.

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