Explore: our short-term and teams programme

Explore: our short-term and teams programme

Whether you’re thinking about taking your very first step in overseas mission or have been on many short-term mission trips before, Explore is for you!

We’re passionate about making cross-cultural mission accessible to everyone who is interested in exploring their place in God’s mission. Our Explore programme covers opportunities to serve from two or three weeks up to a year! You can join as an individual or as part of a team you've already put together from your church, family or other group.

Explore does what it says on the tin - you'll be able to explore mission, explore a deeper relationship with God, explore prayer and explore discipleship.

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Explore. This could be through:

  • Joining one of our specific short-term team opportunities for two-three weeks (our Silk Road trip this summer, for example)

  • Getting your church on board, and doing a church team placement with us

  • Medical electives, or block placements as part of your university course

  • Taking a few months or a year out and using your skills to share the gospel somewhere new

Why Explore mission with us?

We have mission teams serving in more than 70 countries all over the world, sharing the good news of Jesus through building relationships and many different ministries.

We long for the gospel to be known in places where peopel are living and dying without hearing of Jesus. Through Explore, you will have the opportunity to step into mission and be well-supported and discipled through your journey.

If you check out our core values you will see that we are all about being rooted in Scripture, depending on prayer and putting Jesus at the centre of all we do.

How do I Explore further?

Start the process by emailing Hannah Hitchin, who is one of our regional mobilisers. She will put you in touch with the right people to answer any questions you might have. Your local mobiliser can chat with you over a cup of tea, through e-mail, telephone or video call and take you through the opportunities that could be a good fit for you. When you make an enquiry, there’s no pressure to commit. We’ll do the journey with you and see where God leads.

What does applying for Explore involve and how much does it cost?

The application process depends on whether you are looking to do a team, a  two-three week trip, or a slightly longer placement. If you decide you’d like to apply, we’ll ask you to fill in an application form.

After that there will be an interview, references, and you'll come to our Wetheringsett headquarters for an orientation day or weekend. There’s practical stuff to advise on - visas, health, flights, finance etc - and we’ll also debrief you on your return.

We do charge a placement fee to cover these things and we know the cost of overseas trips can sometimes feel a bit daunting. The exact cost will vary depending on what you do, but all trips need to be funded either personally or through supporters who are willing to get on board with what you’re doing!

The good news is that if you have taxpayers supporting you, you can claim gift aid on their donations, and that gives an extra 25 per cent towards your trip. The gift aid you claim will usually more than cover the placement fee, so what we are asking you to cover is the direct cost of food/accommodation/travel and other necessities.

If your placement is for more than a couple of weeks, and you’re thinking of going for up to a year, the finances and support services costs do look a little different. Get in touch and we can talk you through it. We trust that God will provide all you need, from the cost to the courage to go!

For more information, just email Hannah Hitchin (hannah@sim.co.uk).

Tim Allan (tim@sim.co.uk) February 21, 2017