Short-term missions at Xenos are designed as short-term trips composed of small teams that seek to facilitate a local church in self-sustaining, indigenous church planting, primarily among the poor, connecting short-term trips to long-term goals for existing global partnerships.
Our Short-Term Mission Trips
In August we will take a team to support our partners in Cambodia. We will be working with the Fountain of Hope staff and home church members, as well as our partners at Friendship Ministries. This trip will be a combination of learning about the country and its people, and doing service projects. The projects will include teaching the Bible, serving the poor, teaching children, interviewing local Christian workers, photography, conversational English with local workers, and anything else our partners are in need of.
In September we will be visiting our partner Arco Church in Ecuador. We will be working alongside our partner to help faciliate a medical clinic. While the Xenos team gives medical attention to patients, the Arco team will share the gospel with the visting patients. We will also have the opportunity to give some equipping to the home church leaders at Arco. The medical clinic will serve over 1,000 people, so applicants who are experienced medical professionals and Spanish interpreters will be prioritized. However, we do accept several applicants who are neither medical professionals nor interpreters.
Apply for a Trip!
Your application is considered complete when the missions division receives your fully completed application and two reference forms. You will need to create an account on Managed Missions to access the application. The application is universal which means you apply to all trips at the same time. There is an option, however, to indicate your top trip choice. Indicating your top choice helps us identify the trip that will be the best fit for you. References need to be filled out by two home church leaders. It is preferable if they are leaders in your current group.
The window to apply to these trips starts December 16, 2019 and ends January 12, 2020. All applicants will be notified about whether they have been selected by February 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications for those seeking to apply?
All applicants must be 18 or older and active members in a Xenos Christian Fellowship home church. Fiscal Support Team (FST) membership is a requirement for any who wish to participate in a short-term trip. Although not a requirement, we also strongly recommend team members to complete the missions class our church offers every year (this can be done after being selected for a trip).
How much will the trip cost?
It depends on the trip as some are more expensive than others (see above for specific trip expenses). At a minimum, participants are responsible to self-fund the cost of immunizations and their passport which can range between $200 and $300. In addition, each trip participant will need to provide a $100 deposit for airfare. This means that participants will not be able to use fundraised money for these three items.
Unless otherwise stated, trip participants will have the opportunity to participate in fundraisers to help with the expenses. We ask participants who work full-time to pay at least 50% of the trip cost.
How can I go about fundraising once I get accepted?
Read our Fundraising Guidelines for an explanation of the fundraising process and our expectations on trip participants seeking to raise funds.
When will I be notified whether or not I was selected for a trip?
You will receive a notification if you have been selected as a team member or not. Please allow at least 3 weeks from the deadline date for notification.
Can I be removed as a team member?
We believe it is a privilege to participate in a short-term trip, and therefore we will maintain a high moral standard for participants. If at any time before or during the trip a team member has a significant moral failure, they will be removed from the team.