Short-Term Global & Regional Trips

Looking ahead to 2016

Local & Global Opportunities

Perspectives                                                            January 18 – May 9

This one-night-a-week course is for everyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord and is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of God’s ultimate purpose in the world. You will discover how to strategically invest your life in seeing God glorified around the world and impact your generation. The 2016 Des Moines class is hosted at Lutheran Church of Hope. Find the details on the next Perspectives class!     

Who should consider this class? All those interested in the grand story God and how they fit into His plan.

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Approximate cost: $250 (Check out the early bird and family discounts!)

India                                                                                  January 1-10

The team will invest in training and teaching 300 pastors and leaders, lead a women’s conference, and hold a Vacation Bible School for 200 children from the slums. Valley families have sponsored over 300 children in this region, and this trip is a special opportunity to continue our relational investment with this key partnership of Valley Church. Pastor Quintin Stieff leads the team.

Who should consider going? People who can teach the Bible, leadership skills, and Christian living to men, women, youth, and/or ministry leaders and pastors or those who love children's ministry.

Contact Don Long
Approximate cost: $2950
Passport & visa required

Kenya                                                                           January 22-31

The primary focus of the team is to assist with an Africa Inland Mission Women’s Retreat, an event specifically designed to refresh and encourage women ministering in remote regions of the country. Team members also have the opportunities to connect with two families from Valley Church currently serving in Kenya. In addition, we have opportunities for medical and business professionals to share their skills with African nationals.

Contact Don Long
Approximate Cost: $2400
Passport Required

Myanmar                                                                        Spring & Fall

The purpose of Business as Mission [BAM] is to release the power of business to transform people, communities and nations for the glory of God. An effective way to have influence in a country is to invest in Christian entrepreneurs, who can become successful and influential for the kingdom. Small micro-loans allow for the starting or expansion of a small businesses. Trips occur throughout the year in three phases, a new team traveling for each phase. Teams work with potential entrepreneurs on various aspects of developing running and maintaining a successful business. Those with business knowledge and backgrounds, especially those who even wondered if your giftedness would ever be beneficial on a mission trip, are encouraged to seek this opportunity.

Who should consider going? Businessmen and women looking to use their skills to train others to succeed.

contact  Joe Bantz
passport required
Approximate cost: $2500-$3000

Explore and Serve Des Moines                                        JUNE 6-8

Des Moines has numerous agencies and ministries making a great difference in the city. We will serve alongside them while also expanding our awareness of how we can love the city in intentional ways. This is a family-friendly opportunity, though we do recommend children be at least 8 years old to participate.

Who should consider going? All ages, servants, those who are skilled in construction, prayer warriors, children's workers. This is well-suited for families with school-aged children.

Contact Don Long  
COST: $50

GARAGE NO SALE                                       JUNE 23-25

We have adjusted this event to where we work with many partner agencies to get needed items into the hands of those who are the most needy. Become acquainted with the agencies, receive and arrange donations, and then witness how donations meet heartfelt needs!



EXPLORE AND SERVE DES MOINES                                        AUGUST 1-4

Des Moines has numerous agencies and ministries making a great difference in the city. We will serve alongside them while also expanding our awareness of how we can love the city in intentional ways. This is a family-friendly opportunity, though we do recommend children be at least 8 years old to participate.

COST: $75

Dominican Republic                                                             June 11-17

Valley has partnered numerous times with the Cercadillo Project, an organization working to develop disciples of Jesus and to empower the people of Cercadillo through education and the development of healthy community systems. The team partners with a local missionary to support ministry with a focus on children and youth. Service projects in the area exist, and all types of skills and gifts are needed to make a difference in the community. God has an amazing way of weaving together the gifts of those who serve into a beautiful tapestry.

Who should consider going? Teachers, those who have compassion for children and women, servants, community health workers, those who are construction-skilled, prayer warriors.

Contact Jessica Terpstra
Passport Required
Approximate cost: $1800  

Brussels, Belgium                                                                    July 5-16

Serve the Church in Brussels’ is a connection with two of our Global Partner families. We join Brussels believers and other U.S. teams to serve through construction, leadership training, children’s ministry, and flier distribution opportunities. The ultimate goal of this trip is to strengthen and encourage believers in this strategic international city.

Who should consider going? Servant hearts, those who are construction-skilled, leadership developers, children's ministry workers. French speakers are a bonus. FYI...a significant amount of walking is involved with this trip.
Basketball coaches and referees are needed late July for a sports camp. Contact Don if interested.)

Contact Don Long
Passport Required
Approximate cost: $2900

Alaska                                                               July 9-17 & July 16-24

Valley Church has come alongside the leaders at Echo Ranch Bible Camp for 16 years to repair and build facilities as the camp impacts Alaskan youth during the short, summer season. The diverse construction and mechanical skills our team offers cause a significant effect on the ministries being able to continue. This year we’re focusing on the chapel during two separate trips.

Who should consider going? Servants, various levels of construction and mechanical skills are welcome.

Contact Brad McClure
Approximate cost: $1800
No passport required

Honduras                                                                              July 23-30

Valley comes alongside World Gospel Outreach serving Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The team is involved with medical outreach (general medicine, dental, optical and other medical arts), construction projects, plus children's ministry and sharing the Word of God with the Honduran people through evangelism. Team members are given the opportunity to spend time working in all ministries throughout their trip. Medical backgrounds are not necessary as WGO provides any additional medical staff that we do not bring.

Who should consider going? All medical personnel, servants, those with construction skills, prayer warrior. This is suited well for families with school-aged children. Spanish speakers are a bonus.

Contact Scott & Carolyn Oakes
Passport Required
Approximate cost: $2000  
If interested in discussing a 2017 opportunity, please contact the appropriate leader or information site. If you are interested in another opportunity that is not listed, and for all other inquiries, please contact Pastor Don.