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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 2015

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 Civil Rights Trip

Each spring, Bethel students, staff, and faculty travel across the country visiting sites of the American struggle for civil rights.

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Selma, Alabama
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • New Market, Tennessee

The goal of the Sankofa trip is to help students discover how the values of faith, sacrifice, and commitment formed the essence of the civil rights era and still apply to our community today.

Next Sankofa Trip

We'll be traveling over spring break: March 13-20, 2015