What to expect
The Team And The Staff
Student Missions recruits students from all over the country to participate in our missions trips! Most of these students range from 16 to 22 years old and we average around 20-30 students per trip!
We also recruit students from the Word of Life Bible Institute First Year program to join us as trip counselors. These Bible Institute students will stay in the dorms with trip participants and act as mentors and accountability partners for the student participants.
We have a team of full time Word of Life staff who lead our trips as well. These leaders have served for several years with our International Ministries office and have traveled extensively. Our staff members have passed background checks and are trained to follow our child-protection policy.
Additionally, our trips always in partner with the missionaries in the country where we are serving so we have additional missionary staff who know the region well and translators who join us once we arrive overseas!
Boot-Camp Training Week
Boot-camp training week is an intense time of team building and training. Some of the items you’ll be learning are:
During Boot-camp we will teach you how to share your faith effectively, and give you opportunities while on the trip to share (often through a translator) what God has done in your life.
Speaking through a translator
Most of the countries we travel to speak a first language other than English, therefore in order to be effective in ministry; we often utilize the help of translators. During Boot-camp we will practice techniques for working with a translator to help you feel more comfortable and be able to communicate clearly.
Dealing with culture shock
Whether it’s your first time out of the country or not, travelling to and living in a culture other than your own can be challenging. Our staff will walk you through some country specific details so that you have a better idea of what to expect and equip you with tools for dealing with homesickness, different food and language.
There is nothing more encouraging than to be a part of a close-knit team. God’s Word makes it very clear that when we are unified, He is glorified! We will be taking time to get to know each other and grow together as a team, even before we go to the mission field and serve together.
“Family time” is a time of sharing, worship, and prayer as a team with your trip staff.
During Boot-camp you will be housed at one of our Bible Institute facilities(see below). Our training will be inside the First Year classroom, and the student library. Meals will be eaten in the Bible Institute dining hall. We are excited to partner with the Bible Institute and feel that their facility allows us the best atmosphere for training and team building!
In most cases after arriving in country, you will be housed at a Word of Life property, however, in a few cases Word of Life does not have housing for a team of our size and we will stay at a hotel or missionary staff houses. You will always be housed with other members of your team, trip leaders, and staff.