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Trips & Missions

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

Mission Trips

Bethel sends students to be with, learn from, and serve alongside God and God's people here in the U.S. and around 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.

We hope you will consider applying for a trip. Interested in leading a trip? Please apply to be a trip leader.

Trip Sites for 2016

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.

Students follow the lead of our ministry partners who invite us to serve in a variety of ways that support their ongoing ministry. Each Bethel SMP team is led by qualified Bethel students, faculty, or staff and each trip is developed and evaluated using the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Mission, of which Bethel is a Covenant Member.


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

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Sankofa Ojibwe and Dakota Trip

This spring, Bethel students, staff, and faculty will travel across Minnesota visiting sites of the Ojibe and Dakota Nations:

  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
  • Fond Du Lac Reservation
  • Lower Sious Indian Community/Mdewakanton Band of Dakota
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Mankota
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul

The goal of the Sankofa trip is to learn more about the Ojibwe and Dakota Nations in Minnesota, growing spiritually, hearing stories, building connections and working towards Beloved Community.

Next Sankofa Trip

We'll be traveling over spring break: March 12-18, 2016