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Meaningful ministry and personal transformation alongside a local Jamaican church.


March 11-19, 2017


This Bethel team will fly into Montego Bay, and drive two hours inland to a local church in the town of Balaclava.

The Experience

The home of jerk chicken, the world's fastest sprinters, and reggae music, welcomes our team to serve God in a tropical island setting! Our Jamaica team will partner with a local church led by Jamaican Christians, which means our mission team will work with people who are already  invested in the community.

Praying Pelican Missions, our connecting agency, will work with our team to help us find the best local church to be our partner, based in part on the gifts and interests of the Bethel team. Possible ministry activities could range from teaching, preaching, sports or construction. This Jamaica trip will offer numerous opportunities to meet practical needs, exercise compassion, and share the Good News while being stretched spiritually.

Our Ministry Partner

Praying Pelican Missions is a leader in short-term missions to Jamaica.

Trip Costs

This team of around 14 students has a team fundraising goal of $34,000 (about $2,400 per person). Fundraising will be a major part of the year for this team, which will tremendously help the financial bottom line!

Who Should Participate

This trip is best suited for students interested in vocational ministry, community development, poverty relief, urban ministry, and biblical reconciliation. Prior experience in urban settings is helpful, but not required.

We look for students who can be flexible and adaptable because the on-site schedule is fluid and changing. Also, students must come with an open heart and be willing to sit at the feet of local leaders who may be different from them.

This is meaningful preparation for students interested in developing their understanding of the power of the gospel to transform lives and communities.

Next Steps

Applications are open online from October 1 through November 1.  Interviews are conducted in October and November of every year for the following spring.  

Spring Break Teams Application

Questions? Contact Matt Runion at runmat@bethel.edu.