We desire to transform ourselves and the world by equipping and mobilizing the church to effectively make disciples, both locally and globally.
God has a plan to make His name known throughout the earth. His plan begins with us. Jesus directs us in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation….” Bethel outreach works strategically to bring people into Christ’s kingdom and to build Christ’s just kingdom. We accomplish this locally and globally in several ways, including:
- Challenging, recruiting, and finding creative avenues for people to engage in Christ’s mission in our community and world.
- Utilizing resources and people to alleviate suffering, demonstrate Christ’s love, and bring about spiritual, emotional and physical health.
- Equipping the Body through formal courses, training, education, and mentoring.
- Pursuing partnerships with churches, agencies and likeminded believers who are aligned with Bethel values and are in step with where God is leading our church.
- Identifying and growing leaders who will carry out the work of long-term outreach ministry.
The following are some of the upcoming short term mission trips. Dates are approximate and may be adjusted closer to the trip. Please contact Kristi Knode if you need additional information on these trips.
PREPARING TO GO
Bethel short-term mission trips entail sending teams of Bethel volunteers with the materials, tools, skills and desire to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people.
Submitting a trip application, being accepted by the Bethel review team, obtaining the required funding by due date identified on trip postings, and attending any pre-trip and post-trip meetings identified in trip descriptions or by the trip leader.
We’re excited about your interest in being involved with short term missions! Here are a few basics you might want to know:
- Contact Kristi Knode to let us know of your interest. We can give you the details of the trip along with deadlines and other important information.
- Your passport must be valid six months after the travel dates. If you don’t have a passport or need to renew yours, please consider doing so right away since they can take up to six weeks.
- If you’d like to go on one of the trips, please fill out the application.
IMPORTANT!! The applications are fillable forms, but will not work if it opens in your web browswer. If it does open in you web browser, please click on “Open With A Different Viewer” or click the download button. (See image for reference). The application will then open in Adobe Reader, allowing you to fill it out and email it back.
Quick response is often critical in times of national and international disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the massive tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, the record flooding along the banks of the Mississippi River, the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Suffering people’s physical and spiritual needs must be attended to as quickly as possible. Therefore, Bethel maintains a list of people and their skills useful for disaster relief that can be called on in times of these disasters to reach out to the affected communities, nations, and people who need our help.
Click on the links below for more information on how you can participate in reaching out to those trying to recover from the often traumatic looses that result from these kinds of disheartening events.
Open disaster relief trips will be posted here as they become available for volunteer sign ups.
Disaster Relief Registration
Bethel partners with Samaritan’s Purse Volunteer Network to help with responses to national and international disasters. See Description of Disaster Relief Coordination Process for a description of how this is accomplished. If you are interested in responding to a national or international disaster now or in the future and have the skills needed for these kinds of events, please fill out a Disaster Relief Interest form, and submit it to Karen McLarnin in the Bethel office. The information you submit will be reviewed and entered into a data base for use, as the need arises, to identify potential members and leaders for Bethel teams being formed to respond to disaster relief efforts.
Here’s a brief background on some of the missionaries supported by Bethel. Please pray for the missionaries, their families, and their ministry as they carry out God’s message.
Misael Hernandez (wife Taira)
Misael and Taira Hernandez live in Arandas, Mexico where there are only two evangelical congregations with 92 believers, comprising only .12% of the population. Misael was the pioneer pastor of one of these churches, but has now joined OAC to pioneer this ministry of evangelism in Mexico. His ministry will include leading churches out in open air evangelism, either to build up their congregations, or to plant new churches. In this whole area of Mexico, known as the Circle of Silence, there are less than 2% evangelical believers. The spiritual need is great, but the people are very responsive to the gospel.
- Location Serving: Mexico
- Organization website: Open Air Campaigners
Otto & Rosa de la Cruz
They and their five daughters began the work by starting Sunday schools, children’s and women’s ministries and discipleship and leadership training. By early 2002, Otto, Rosa, and their family, along with a growing team of 250 leaders, had planted 24 churches. On December 5, 2007 the de la Cruzes will celebrate 15 years of ministry in Guatemala and 30 churches planted for God’s glory. The fields are white unto harvest, and Otto’s goal is to establish an association of churches with a testimony for commitment and faithfulness.
- Location Serving: Guatemala
- Organization website: Missions Door International
Rigoberto & Claudia Reyes
Rigoberto is planting chains of new churches using the extension principles of II Timothy 2:2: “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who will, in turn, be able to teach others also.” Rigoberto was named the Central America Ministry Director in August, 2011.
- Location Serving: Nicaragua
- Organization website: Missions Door International
Tim & Kathy Laughlin
Missionaries to the Republic of Ireland since March 2008. They are living in SW Dublin and assisting in a church plant of 50+ attendees. They are involved in website development and maintenance, youth clubs for kids, Mums and Tots programs for young families in the community, etc.
- Location Serving: Republic of Ireland
- Organization website: Ballycullen Comm. Church
Allan & Betty Johnson
Allan and Betty have been in the Philippines since 1989. Allan came from an Engineering background, and Betty from music teaching. They came with the desire to help get the Bible translated into every language that still needs it. After working for eight years in a translation project, they transitioned into support roles. Allan now provides language software support and training for translators, and Betty teaches music to missionary kids at Faith Academy.
- Location Serving: Translation Programmer
- Organization website: Wycliffe
Byron & Joy Gary
The Garys manage and direct MCN’s Tribal Children’s Literacy Program (TCLP). TCLP is an individual sponsorship program aimed at aiding the parents of tribal children in Mindanao to keep their children in school from elementary through high school and connect them with a tribal church so they can hear the Gospel in their own language and cultural setting. Part of the responsibilities of Byron and Joy is to coordinate with the staff of Mt. Zion Tribal Center in Kitcharao, Augsan del Norte, Mindanao. The Mt. Zion center reaches out to the Mamanwa and Manobo people who live within the surrounding areas and rural mountain communities. Out of the 160+ children that are in TCLP, about 110 of them are at or near the Mt. Zion center. Byron travels often to the center to aid the staff in keeping each of the tribal children’s profile current, communicating with sponsors, planning and assisting in the dorm operation (a dorm is on the property to house older tribal children who live too far away from a public school to walk), planning the daily lunch and dorm feeding of the 110+ tribal children at Mt. Zion and working with the staff to coordinate the overall direction of Mt. Zion Center.
- Location Serving: Philippines
- Organization website: MCN International
Darrie & Debbie Turner
Primary Ministry Focus: Training pastors in rural Uganda who are unable to attend Bible colleges. The People: Church leaders of rural Uganda who struggle with poverty, disease, hunger and war. Major Challenges: Traveling throughout the country on poor roads to train local pastors; instilling a new hunger in pastors who have lost their appetite for God’s Word. Others to help train rural pastors. Prayer Focus: Revival for those leaders who know, yet struggle with, the truth; that they would have a hunger for God’s Word and would remain faithful in the midst of trying circumstances.
Looking to find ways to get involved in global outreach other than mission trips? Here are a few ways to better equip yourself with knowledge and take action! Contact Kristi Knode for additional information.
This 16 week course is FANTASTIC! We highly recommend you take it. It’s great for new people wanting to learn more about global outreach, for experienced people who want to deepen their understanding, and even for returning missionaries! You may take the course for college credit if you’d like or you can take it at the certificate level. Bethel people: when registering, use the scholarship code BETHEL30 to receive a 30% discount of the price of the certificate level course. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Sanders or Kristi Knode.
- Date: Next class starts January 2018
This annual conference held in Portland, OR hosts 100 workshops and 76 exhibits & resources. It’s a great way to learn more about a variety of topics related to missions. Admission is FREE!
- Date: Jan. 20-21, 2017
This organization helps resettle refugees in the Tri Cities. They welcome refugees who have been offered sanctuary in the United Sates and provide cultural orientation. They help provide English language classes, provide counseling & medical referrals, arrange housing, furniture and household supplies, and much more! They are looking for volunteers to help acclimate the refugees to the area by meeting with them a few hours a week.
- Website: World Relief