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Short-Term Missions

Short-term Missions Contacts

Celeste McDonough

Celeste McDonough
Team Leader, Mercy & Missions

Natalie Uecker

Natalie Uecker
Assistant Director, Missions & Outreach

Emily Franklund

Emily Franklund
Ministry Assistant, Missions & Outreach

Courtney Hoekwater
Ministry Assistant, Mercy & Missions

Ministry Focus

Short-Term Missions (STM) has been a central feature of Calvary’s Mission and Outreach strategy for many years. We’ve sent teams of students to Poland, women to Albania, and families to Ukraine and Honduras, and much more. We believe that these teams are biblical, following the model Christ established when He sent His disciples out two-by-two to the places where He would follow. Our goal is to be a blessing to our partner missionaries, to the national church, and to the lost. And the perspective that team members bring back to our church helps us all better understand the needs of the world and the joy of being part of God’s global family.

Each team is planned according to the vision of the hosts, not our own, and focuses on ministry, not just service. Team members are equipped and prepared to go with hearts that choose to learn more than they do, to build relationships, and to minister alongside national brothers and sisters.

If you are interested in participating on a Short Term Mission team, watch your Sunday bulletin. Each team, as it is forming, hosts an information meeting where you can learn about the goals of the team and ask questions. You can also contact Natalie to learn about requirements for team members and find out what teams may be forming in the next few months.

2020 Short-Term Mission Trips

Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos is a Greek island where many of the millions of refugees have fled to escape war, persecution and fear. They bring only what they can carry and are put in a refugee camp on the island for months or even years. This team would work at the Women and Children Center across from one of the camps. The Center is a safe place where they can do laundry, meet other women, and let their children play with toys or just have a cup of tea. The Center recently opened a school for kids and are very intentional about involving the parents as well. The team would hope to tell stories to the children, do simple craft projects, and just play with them. The women like to be pampered with hair braiding, nail polish, and hand massages. The team will share Jesus’s love with them. They will have to be flexible, open to change, and willing to do whatever is asked of them.

Trip Dates:

  • June 19 – 28
  • September 25 – October 4



Chinhangane, Mozambique
This team will focus on nurturing, cultivating and equipping believers in Chinhangane. Additionally, they will work with the local churches in developing a support ministry to widows in the village and continue to focus on street evangelism in an effort to share the Gospel with a wider audience. The team will use the STS style of oral Bible storytelling.

Trip Dates: Possible Fall Trip




MSM 7th & 8th: Summer Missions Trip to Madison, WI

Seventh and eighth graders – would you consider joining us on our 2020 summer missions trip?

Students on the Madison team will stay at YWAM’s Training Center where they will have the opportunity to serve and share their faith throughout Madison, Wisconsin. Together our team will serve children in low-income neighborhoods, pray with people on the streets, work with the homeless and do service projects for people in need. Students will be challenged and encouraged to grow in community, and practice loving the Lord their God with all of their heart and their neighbor as themselves.

Location: Madison, Wisconsin | Dates: June 21 – 26 | Cost: $560

$50 Non-Refundable Deposit and signed application are both required to attend this trip and are due by March 15, 2020.  Applications are available in room 208 or you can click the link below to print.  Return completed applications along with the $50 deposit to either Sara Tindall, Pastoral Staff, Seventh & Eighth Grade or Ann Bagley, Ministry Assistant.

MSM 78 Calvary Missions Application



United High School: Mission Trip to Poland

A team of 16 students and adult leaders will partner with a local church to serve at a Day Camp.
More details to come.

Trip Dates: July 24 – August 4

Questions: Contact Josh Karhan for more information.




Central Asia

There is a two-fold focus for this trip. The first event will be to participate in the retreat scheduled by the Word of Life church, for the purpose of training workers in the month-long Bible Camp hosted by the church for the neighborhood. Our team will provide team building activities, provide the group worship and spiritual devotions for the retreat, and participate in the overall event to build community and provide mutual encouragement.

The second event is to participate in the Youth for Christ camping program for young people from the area orphanages and trade schools. The role of our team will be similar to the retreat by providing team building activities, teachings and overall involvement with the staff and youth. This will be more challenging as we will be under more restraint in spiritual conversation in this environment.

We are also planning to meet with at number of B4T organizations and individuals between events.

Kim Velting is the leader of this trip along with his wife Barb who are seasoned team leaders.  Anyone who likes to camp, encourage youth and young adults and who wants to learn more about Central Asia and our ministry partners there should sign-up for this trip.  Coed team.

Trip Dates: June 27 – July 12

Sign Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip

Submit your completed application to the Missions & Outreach Office.

We All Have a Role

Whether it’s students ministering here at home, young adults venturing into deeper cross-cultural experiences, or teams continuing to build Calvary’s relationships in Mozambique and Tanzania, our Short-Term Mission teams are sent by you — the people of Calvary Church.

Here are some ways our teams need you to be involved…


Each team publishes a blog as often as possible prior to and during their ministry time. Connect with them by following along.


Prayer is the primary means to guide and sustain team members, their hosts, and their ministry together. Find a team with someone you know, or with a ministry focus that’s on your heart, and commit to “going along” with them in daily prayer.


Each of our teams raises their own financial support from generous friends like you. Many teams send these requests out jointly so that you won’t get multiple letters from the same team. You may also receive letters from individuals who are your close friends or family members. Please prayerfully consider your response; we want you to be blessed as you send them out.

If you are interested in helping a team and don’t receive a support letter, contact Natalie Uecker at ext. 5181. She can connect you and your generosity will be greatly appreciated.