Short Term Mission Trip Updates

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May 17, 2023


Indiana, USA:  

Partnering with Hurdling Handicaps the team helped to lead the Great Getaway camps designed for families and campers with disabilities. The team’s support enables families to experience the love of Christ through a week of fun-filled activities, friendships, and encouraging messages.  

  • People served: 100 served 
  • People baptized: 2


The team traveled to Mbarara, located in the western region of Uganda to partner with Pastor Victor Nuwamanya and Twende. During the trip, the team served local schools, prisons, youth ministry, and to people on the streets.  

  • Ministry locations reached: 5 churches, 6 schools, 2 prisons, 1 Refugee camp 
  • People served: 5000+ 
  • Commitments to Christ: 550+

South Dakota, USA: 

The team partnered with the Chanku Waste Ranch in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The team assisted with the construction of housing, shared the gospel by showing mercy and compassion through hands-on engagement, and conducted a children’s camp. 

  • Construction portion: 15 families. Specifically, they rebuilt a trailer and winterized a roof for 1 man. This was a huge project and a big win as he wouldn’t have been able to stay in his home through the winter without this work having been done. 
  • Kids camp: approximately 90 kids/families 
  • Prepared approximately 700 meals

South Africa: 

Partnered with Jabulani Africa Ministries (JAM) in the village of Mahvusa. The team worked alongside the local church to provide children’s ministry, home visits, soccer camp, and ministry in the primary school.  

  • People Served: 900 
  • Home visits: 50 families

Costa Rica (Construction) 

Woodside’s Collective Young Adults partnered with Joshua Expeditions to serve alongside the family that we were building the house for. The family was a single mother with three teenagers. We saw what their property looked like before we started to build and the whole team grew in their understanding of service and love and care for others in different countries. The team also helped assemble and furnish the new house. 

  • People served: 12 
  • 1 home constructed 

Costa Rica (Anti-trafficking) 

Woodside’s Collective Young Adults traveled to Costa Rica to join Joshua Expedition’s ministry in serving in a marginalized community and fighting human trafficking. The team interacted daily with men and women who are at risk and living on the streets.  

  • Served 100 women with dignifying acts of care

Metro Detroit – Hope Week  

Woodside Students filled communities across Metro-Detroit as a part of Hope Week to serve and love their neighbors.  There we 18 teams of students and leaders that spread across the region that served by renovating buildings, landscaping, evangelism, and conducting kid’s camps.  

  • Students baptized: 26 
  • Number of service projects: 18 
  • Thousands of lives impacted (2500+)

Missouri, USA (Camp Barnabas)  

With a passion for serving people with disabilities, Woodside Students traveled to Missouri work at Camp Barnabas. The team loved and cared for the needs of the campers with disabilities. 

  • People served: 160 campers and their families 

Middle East & Nepal 

While in the Middle East, the team was a part of a conference of 200 church planters from 30 countries and had the opportunity to provide leadership development and training. The team also traveled to Nepal to encourage the TTI church planting team.  

  • 200 church planters from 30 countries encouraged and training 


The team worked with Extreme Response to help local churches with construction projects and outreach projects at ER’s Dream Center. One of the highlights was the serving the families (adults and children) who survive by living and working at Quito’s dump.  

  • People served: 750 
  • This includes 500 students at the school, 50 teachers and administrators, 50 workers at the dump, 120 at the Dream Center, 30 workers on the construction site


Working with Kim Smith and Wordsowers, Woodside’s longtime partner in Liberia, the team was involved in kid’s ministry, discipleship training, and evangelism (Jesus Film). The team was able to bring the gospel to several unreached tribes and dozens of people made a profession of faith. 

  • People Served: 750


Woodside sent in a team to provide theological training for 180 pastors and church planters from 28 states and five countries. While there, the team also served the parents and children at three “It’s a Girl” program centers. 

  • People Served: 243


A team of Woodside fathers and daughters traveled to Nepal to to demonstrate God’s love to girls rescued from human trafficking. The team also was able to serve people in several rural villages.  

  • People Served: 85

Dominican Republic 

A student team from Woodside traveled to Santo Domingo to partner with Go Ministries and assist with a community outreach program in a community with a new church plant.  

  • People Served: 250


A team of students used their spring break to travel to Kentucky to help with relief efforts from last year’s tornado.  

  • People served: 6 families (30 people)

Organizations Served 

Hurdling Handicaps, Joshua Expeditions, Hope of Life, Jabulani Africa Ministries, Cru, Camp Barnabas, Extreme Response, Wordsower, The Timothy Initiative, Our Daughters International, Twende, Chanku Waste Ranch, Faith, Prayer & Tract League, Samaritan’s Purse, Pontiac Crossroads, Hope Community Outreach, Lifebuilders , Community Opportunity Center, Joy Thrift, Angel’s Place, Grace Center of Hope, Navigators, Hope Care & Beyond, Gifts for all God’s Children, Rescue Detroit, House of Providence, Healing Springs, Micah 6, Samaritas, PAL and Ennis Center for Children 

Type of Ministries: Refugees, general construction, special needs camps, home build, anti-trafficking, leadership development, community development, children’s ministry, sports ministry, discipleship, evangelism, church planting, teaching, prison ministry, outreach to youth, cleaning, gardening, renovations & repairs, and food distribution.