Short-Term Mission

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you." --John 20:21

As followers of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called to serve the lost and hurting and to proclaim the good news of the gospel in our local community and throughout the world. Each of us has been called to participate in God's mission. Each of us is SENT.

RCA Short-Term Mission exists to help you engage personally in God's mission through meaningful volunteer opportunities. We believe that as people serve in the name of Christ, whether in their local community or around the world, the impact of that service will change lives--the lives of those being served, of those who serve, and of the churches that send.

 

COVID-19 update: For the safety and health of our volunteers and the communities they serve, Short-Term Mission recommends cancelling mission trips scheduled to begin before June 30.
Discover 6 ways to stay #onmission when you have to cancel your mission trip. 

Stories about Short-Term Mission in the RCA

Disaster Response: What to Do and When

What can you do to lend a hand after natural disasters—and when?  Here’s an outline of what’s needed, and how you can be of service in the days, weeks, months, and years after disaster strikes.

Where Are We Going Next Year?

Three years after a flood in Detroit, disaster response volunteers help a homeowner cope with black mold.

Extending Hospitality

When a crucial need arose in Fellowship Reformed Church’s community, one member rallied her church to meet it.

Expanding Horizons

For Carissa Buurstra, it was the adventure of a lifetime. For her father, pastor Todd Buurstra, it was a chance to do mission while expanding the horizons of young people in his congregation.

New Leaders for a Trusted Model

As Bruce and Laurie Hawley retire, hybrid disaster response sites build on their work.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email shortterm@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant


Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.