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Mission Trips

At Bethel, we encourage students to step outside their comfort zone and into experiences that stretch and reshape their view of God's world.

Jesus—the Son of God—took on the nature of a servant in human likeness. This is the great cross-cultural move of God. As his followers, Jesus calls us to the same sort of "cross-over." On SMP trips, Bethel students cross over and live out their faith in Christ, actively participating in God's redemptive work in the world.

Bethel sends students to be with, learn from, and serve alongside God and God's people—in the U.S. and around the world—through our Solidarity Missions Partnerships (SMP) program. We are grateful for our longstanding partnerships with the local churches, mission agencies, and development organizations that make these trips possible.

Trip Sites for 2023

  • Belize
  • Washington D.C

If you are interested in learning more or joining a team, contact the office of christian formation christian-formation@bethel.edu.

Each of our teams varies greatly, from the people that make them up to the communities they visit and the ways they engage those communities. Please take some time to visit the team pages to learn more about each team. Part of the application process will include connecting with team leaders. Please use that time to clarify expectations regarding the team.


A large portion of our mission trip costs are funded by gifts from generous donors.

There are 2 easy ways to make a donation towards your student's trip:

  1. Mail in your donations:
    Bethel University Missions

    3900 Bethel Drive #2380
    St. Paul, MN 55112
  2. Drop off donations at the Christian Formation office.

All checks must be made payable to Bethel University Missions. A Covenant Card also must accompany all contributions, which includes the student's name. This includes cash donations.

All gifts and donations are tax-deducible and non-refundable. In order for a contribution to be considered a charitable deduction, all donations must be made to Bethel University Missions, not to an individual student. For this reason, individual students' Expected Contributions are not tax-deductible.

Any donations made that exceed the trip costs will be applied toward the general mission trips program and used to assist future projects.