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

Art for Peace

In the West Bank, an arts camp offers kids the chance for joy—and, just maybe, peace.

“Abundantly Far More”

This year, HIS Work Camp came with extra challenges. But those challenges showed students and staff that God works beyond what they can imagine.

Mission Trips, Remixed

Students on this summer’s Project Timothy trips did more than travel overseas for a week of service projects—instead, they learned how to lead.

Serving in Costa Rica

In what was a life-changing experience for many of them, 13 members of First Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church in Lester, Iowa, traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, on a mission trip June 13-22, 2014.

Give and Take: Teaching in Japan enriches students and their volunteer teacher

For Rachel Hashimoto, long-term volunteering in Japan was a great way to learn about the country and the culture there “without having to deal with taxes,” she jokes. But it was more than that, of course—it was a chance to quietly witness to others and share Christ’s love in a country where Christianity is a minority religion.

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.