Glen Ellyn Bible Church recognizes the importance of EVERY person experiencing mission at some level, whether it’s here in our community, across our country or even internationally. For this reason, we schedule periodic mission trip opportunities for our church body to participate in. Recent trips have included Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Turkey, the Dominican, and Cambodia are on the horizon next. Whether an adult or a high school student, there is room for you in our international partnerships.

Maybe you don’t sense you are called to full-time missions, but God calls each of us to the mission field he created for us every day. Whether it is working with immigrants locally or serving on an international team, we welcome your participation.

As trip opportunities become available, we will post them here on this page, with specific information on each trip.


LA PAZ, MEXICO

February 11-17, 2017
We will travel by airplane to Cabo San Lucas, then drive two hours up the Baja Peninsula to La Paz to minister to the people there. Our days will be spent doing various work projects, including work at Rancho El Camino and at the Church at El Faro. The week following our trip, another local group will arrive to follow up, so that the work output will be very strong. In the evenings, we’ll eat a meal together and have some group time. Additional activities include ministry in an under-resourced section of the city, swimming in the Sea of Cortez, stopping by local shops, and plenty of superb Baja taco stands!
We will stay at Casa Buena Bed & Breakfast in La Paz. There are beds, bathrooms, and showers in each room, so no need to pack a sleeping bag. The Bed and Breakfast also provides a meeting room on their complex perfect for team gatherings. After long hours of work and ministry, it will be nice to go back to a place where we will be able to get a good night’s sleep!
  • TEAM MEETINGS: It is important that team members attend the Team Meetings. This allows us clarity on our projects, expectations, and preparation for the various challenges. There will be 4-6 meetings total. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.
  • FUNDRAISING
  • APPLICATIONS can be filled out and returned via hard copy to Mark Dede or John Foster. They can also be e-mailed to John Foster.
Yes. Check your passport NOW to make sure it is current. We will need two copies of your passport attached to your application. If you don’t already have a passport, begin this process as soon as possible. Any passport fees/expenses are your responsibility and will not be paid for by GEBC.
The first step is to complete the Short Term Application and return it by Sunday, September 18, along with a non-refundable deposit of $250.
The trip costs $2,000 for each participant, and the costs are as follows:

Air Transportation $750
Ground Transportation (rental, gas, ins.) $450
Food and Lodging $300
Supplies $375
Misc. $125
Approximate Total $2,000
*You will also need to bring some extra money for meals along the way.

A BREAKDOWN OF THE DEADLINES:

Non-refundable Deposit
DUE BY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
$250
Installment #1
DUE NOVEMBER 15 (fundraising and/or donation)
$750
Final Balance
DUE AT FINAL MEETING ON JANUARY 29, 2017
$1,000
Money is usually one of the biggest areas of concern for anyone participating in a mis-sion project. There are a couple of things to remember about money before you let it discourage your participation. First, God is a rich God! The Bible teaches that God “owns the cattle of a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), and money simply isn’t an issue with God. In other words, money will never stand in the way of God accomplishing his work. God will provide the money for what He wants

SANTIAGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

June 20-27, 2017
We will travel by airplane to Santiago, Dominican Republic, then drive over to the “GO” facility that will house us as we minister to the people there and our on-the-ground partners. Mornings will be spent doing various work projects at churches or the leadership facility. We will make time to lead a VBS-type ministry in an under-resourced section of the city. We will also serve at some meal centers for kids. Additional activities include a team time in the city, visits to the Colmados, fellowship with local churches, time to debrief, prep time for each day, and a great time getting to know one another.
We will stay at one of the GO facilities equipped with ceiling fans and showers that have emergency back-up water sources. You will laugh, you will work, you will pray, you will cry, and you will most likely receive far more than you give. The Dominican Republic has a way of doing that to you. Dorms provide beds so all you need for sleeping is sheets or a very light sleeping bag. All meals are included and locally cooked. Our facility has great places for team debriefs, devotional times, and getting to know the GO staff. After long hours of work and ministry, it will be nice to go back to a place where we will be able to get a good night’s sleep!
  • TEAM MEETINGS: It is important that team members attend the Team Meetings. This allows us clarity on our projects, expectations, and preparation for the various challenges. There will be 4-6 meetings total. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.
  • FUNDRAISING: (see separate paperwork)
  • APPLICATIONS can be filled out and returned via hard copy to David & Jennifer Ochs or John Foster. They can also be e-mailed to John Foster.
Yes. Check your passport NOW to make sure it is current and does not expire until at least 3 months after the trip. We will need two copies of your passport attached to your application. If you don’t already have a passport, begin this process as soon as possible. Any passport fees/expenses are your responsibility and will not be paid for by GEBC.
The first step is to complete the Short Term Application and return it by Sunday, February 12, along with a non-refundable deposit of $250.
The trip costs $1,950 for each participant, and the costs are as follows:

Transportation (air $900, $100 in country) $1,000
Food and Lodging (includes airport) $350
“GO” fees (leadership, field service, mercy, advancement) $500
GEBC supplies/fees (vbs, entry fees, misc.) $50
Debrief Day $50
Approximate Total $1,950
*You will also need to bring some extra money for meals along the way.

A BREAKDOWN OF THE DEADLINES:

Non-refundable Deposit
DUE BY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
$250
Installment #1
DUE APRIL 23, 2017 (fundraising and/or donation)
$700
Final Balance
DUE AT FINAL MEETING ON JUNE 11, 2017
$1,000
Money is usually one of the biggest areas of concern for anyone participating in a mis-sion project. There are a couple of things to remember about money before you let it discourage your participation. First, God is a rich God! The Bible teaches that God “owns the cattle of a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), and money simply isn’t an issue with God. In other words, money will never stand in the way of God accomplishing his work. God will provide the money for what He wants to get done. Second, decide to pray instead of worry. The Bible teaches that we are to be people of prayer (1 Thess. 5:17), and if we’ll present our requests to God, then the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds (Phil. 4:6). So begin to pray. Pray for faith, pray for jobs so that you can earn the mon-ey, and pray for God to move on the hearts of His people to give support to the SWEAT trip. Finally, begin to believe that God wants to use you in His work. God is ready, will-ing, and able to use our time, talents, and gifts, and the Bible teaches us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). God is eager to use you to reach others with the message of His love.
Gathering people who give and pray is an essential way to broaden the scope and vision of the long term Dominican impact. It allows for many who may want to attend but can’t to be part of this great ministry.