Student Fusion takes students just like you, puts them through intense training then launches them out to change the world for Jesus.

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Our Mission

Student Fusion brings together a diverse team of students and leaders, puts them through a week of in depth training then sends them to a foreign country. Different language, food, transportation, customs, hygiene, and everything else you can think of!

It’s just you and your team, put there with the monumental task of sharing the Gospel of Jesus. You’ll be sharing Jesus with people who probably can’t visit a church. People who can’t flip past nineteen Christian radio stations or listen to sermons on the internet. People who are lost, and nothing’s going to change that until someone like you is called by God to bring His light into their darkness.

Student Fusion is your chance to truly impact the world with the power of the Gospel.

2017 Student Trips

Three opportunities to serve Jesus!
Trinidad & Tobago (leaving from FL)

Date: July 2nd –July 19th 2017

Cost: TBC ($1,400 trip cost, $400 estimated cost)

Description:
• Vacation Bible School in a local church
• Door to door evangelism
• Open Air Evangelism
• Local Church ministry

As part of Student Fusion Trinidad & Tobago you will have incredible opportunities to experience a new culture, make new friends and best of all share the life changing message of Jesus Christ! You will meet different Pastors and Missionaries in Trinidad & Tobago and minister alongside them in the ministry they are already doing. You’ll be involved with Camp ministry, sharing the Gospel through open-air evangelism. Plus you will get to see the culture and beauty of Trinidad & Tobago through sightseeing outings. These amazing two little islands are home of the steel drum, amazing cliffs along ocean beaches and some of the best Shark & Bake (Fried Shark sandwich) in the Caribbean. God is working in T&T – come be part of what He’s doing!

Honduras (leaving from NY)

Date: July 9-25, 2017

Cost: TBC ($1,400 trip cost, $800 estimated airfare)

Description:
• Help run English camp
• Partner with local churches to share the Gospel in their communities
• Local Church ministry

Experience the excitement of serving the Lord in the culturally diverse country of Honduras: in a country where 97% of the population is Catholic, and more than half of the population lives in poverty. As part of Student Fusion Honduras, you will have incredible opportunities to experience a new culture, make new friends and minister alongside local churches! You will help run English camp where Honduran young people can practice their English, experience an exciting week of camp and be taught from the Word of God. While in Honduras the Student Fusion team will also partner with local churches to share the Gospel and minister in their local communities. Student Fusion offers an exciting opportunity to experience a new culture, make new friends and share the Good News of Jesus Christ in Honduras!

Japan (leaving from NY)

Date: July 9-29, 2017

Cost: TBC ($1,650 trip cost, $1,300 estimated airfare)

Description:
• “English for Life” Ministry
• Help run English camp
• Partner with local churches to share the Gospel in their communities
• Be a student and observer

Come be part of what God is doing in the culturally rich nation of Japan! As part of Student Fusion you will have the opportunity to use your ability to speak English as a means for sharing the Gospel. You will be part of a program called “English for Life” where you can get to know and interact with Japanese young people just like you. Student Fusion will also have the opportunity to partner with local churches to share the Good News of Salvation in Christ in their communities. In a country where only .58% of the population professes to be evangelical, you will have the opportunity to observe and participate in God’s work.

Start the Process

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What to expect

The Team And The Staff

Student Missions recruits students from all over the country to participate in our missions trips! Most of these students range from 16 to 22 years old and we average around 20-30 students per trip!

We also recruit students from the Word of Life Bible Institute First Year program to join us as trip counselors. These Bible Institute students will stay in the dorms with trip participants and act as mentors and accountability partners for the student participants.

We have a team of full time Word of Life staff who lead our trips as well. These leaders have served for several years with our International Ministries office and have traveled extensively. Our staff members have passed background checks and are trained to follow our child-protection policy.

Additionally, our trips always in partner with the missionaries in the country where we are serving so we have additional missionary staff who know the region well and translators who join us once we arrive overseas!


Boot-Camp Training Week

Boot-camp training week is an intense time of team building and training. Some of the items you’ll be learning are:

Personal evangelism

During Boot-camp we will teach you how to share your faith effectively, and give you opportunities while on the trip to share (often through a translator) what God has done in your life.

Speaking through a translator

Most of the countries we travel to speak a first language other than English, therefore in order to be effective in ministry; we often utilize the help of translators. During Boot-camp we will practice techniques for working with a translator to help you feel more comfortable and be able to communicate clearly.

Dealing with culture shock

Whether it’s your first time out of the country or not, travelling to and living in a culture other than your own can be challenging. Our staff will walk you through some country specific details so that you have a better idea of what to expect and equip you with tools for dealing with homesickness, different food and language.

Team building

There is nothing more encouraging than to be a part of a close-knit team. God’s Word makes it very clear that when we are unified, He is glorified! We will be taking time to get to know each other and grow together as a team, even before we go to the mission field and serve together.

Family time

“Family time” is a time of sharing, worship, and prayer as a team with your trip staff.

During Boot-camp you will be housed at one of our Bible Institute facilities(see below). Our training will be inside the First Year classroom, and the student library. Meals will be eaten in the Bible Institute dining hall. We are excited to partner with the Bible Institute and feel that their facility allows us the best atmosphere for training and team building!

In most cases after arriving in country, you will be housed at a Word of Life property, however, in a few cases Word of Life does not have housing for a team of our size and we will stay at a hotel or missionary staff houses. You will always be housed with other members of your team, trip leaders, and staff.


During The Trip

Each missions trip and country presents its own unique culture and ministry opportunities. However, each of the trips have the same strategic goals, so there will be similarities between trips. Here are a few of the things you can expect to do while overseas:

Evangelism

Whether it’s on the streets of a local town, door-to-door in a rural neighborhood, or following up after a Gospel drama at a local school, one of the hallmarks of Student Fusion trips is personal evangelism. You can be sure you have dozens of opportunities to talk with local people about Jesus and help guide them toward salvation.

Music

We will learn a few choir pieces during Boot-camp, usually incorporating the native language of the country we are travelling to!

Drama

A drama team will be chosen during Boot-camp to practice specific dramas that will “set the stage” for a Gospel presentation.

Children’s Ministry

Whether it’s making balloon animals, sharing a drama, singing, playing interactive games or sharing your testimony in a way that a child can understand, children are important to the Lord and we often find that the opportunities to minister to them are many!

Sightseeing

We like to take our teams sightseeing during the overseas portion of the trip! This is a fun time to relax, buy some souvenirs, eat authentic food, and enjoy time with your team members and the missionary staff as you learn more about the culture. Depending on which country your team is in, this might include a trip to the beach, a safari tour, going to a museum, or hiking up an old volcano!


Our Expectations For Students

Signing up for a missions trip is a big deal and we take it pretty seriously. Here are some items we expect you to participate in as part of the Student Missions team:

Support Raising

Each participant is required to raise the full amount of their trip, no exceptions. We also have deadlines (see “Are there any deadlines?” in the FAQ) in place that we ask that you to adhere to. These deadlines enable us to purchase airline tickets and provide our overseas staff the funds to set up your housing, food, and transportation prior to your arrival!

Communication with the Student Missions team

The Student Missions team will be staying in touch with you over the next few months prior to the trip and we ask that our participants commit to checking their email once a week and/or returning our voicemail promptly. We are not soliciting, instead we are doing our best to make sure you are ready for the trip and that your questions are answered. We look forward to building a relationship with you as we prepare together for your missions trip!

Pre Boot-camp Prep

We will be sending you a book or two to read before the trip and sending you a link to EvanTell’s training on personal Evangelism. We will provide you with more details as we get closer to the trip date, but you can expect a package from us about 2 months prior to your departure date!

Personal, Daily Time in God’s Word

We believe that having a time with the Lord and in His Word every day is an extremely important part of Christian living and growth. As such, we will provide you and your fellow teammates with a daily passage for study and time in the schedule to focus on Him. We will also take time to share what the Lord is teaching us and to pray together as a team: we call this Family Time.

Following the Word of Life Dress Code

During Boot-camp and our time overseas we will expect our participants to adhere to a level of modesty and dress that we feel reflects a desire to honor our brothers and sisters in Christ and a life lived to honor the Lord. We will send you a specific packing list and dress code approximately 2 months prior to the trip and we welcome any questions that you might have about it! Our goal is to not allow our clothing to distract from the ministry opportunities that God gives us.

Transportation

Trip participants are responsible for their own transportation to Bootcamp and home after the trip returns. The trip itinerary will be provided three months prior to the trip so that travel plans can be made. Word of Life will arrange flights for the Student Fusion team from Bootcamp to the host country. Flights are arranged out of JFK airport in New York or TPA in Florida and transportation is provided via charter bus to and from these airports.


Finances

Raising Support

Support raising is best done with the “go ahead” from your parents, pastor, and church missions board. We recommend setting up a meeting with your Pastor soon after you and your parents have decided that this mission’s trip is something God is leading you to do. Once you have your pastor’s blessing, most participants will do any combination of the following methods for support raising:

  1. Send out a prayer letter explaining the trip they are going on, what their financial needs are and expressing how God led them to the trip.
  2. Make sure to include support slips and the link to your online giving site. You can find a sample letter, your support slips, and your onling giving link all on your Student Missions Account.
  3. Present before the entire church body or Sunday School group. Share the same items as you would in a prayer letter, but perhaps incorporate a PowerPoint with pictures of the country you are going to and be sure to provide your support slips afterwards for those who would like to give.
  4. Hold a fundraiser. Whether it’s a bake sale or a car wash, make sure people know who they are supporting! Bring copies of your prayer letter and support slips for those who want to give later, or a second time.
  5. Post on your Facebook wall about your trip and provide the online giving link.
  6. Meet face to face with your family, members of your church, and your friends to present your trip and why you want to go. Let them know how God is working in your heart, how they can become part of your team, and what God is doing around the world!
  7. Make prayer cards or refrigerator magnets with your picture and online giving link to remind people to pray for you and support you financially.

Scholarships

There are no discounts or scholarships towards the cost of the Student Missions Trips. Each participant is required to raise the full amount for their trip.

However, we are able to offer High School Juniors and Seniors a scholarship for the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York or Florida! Students just completing their Junior year will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and students completing their Senior year will receive a $2,000 scholarship towards the Bible Institute tuition cost if they choose to attend!

Incentive Program

For those who are Student Missions Alumni, for each first time participant that you recruit who raises all of their trip cost and completes the Student Missions trip, they will receive a $100 Apple gift card! Be sure that your recruits note on their application that you sent them our way so that we know to give you the Apple gift card!

FAQ

Do I need a passport to go? And how do I get one?

Yes. You will need a passport to participate in Student Fusion and leave the country.

To apply for a passport, please visit THIS WEBSITE and follow the directions provided.

We will need a color copy or photograph of your passport in order to finalize your airline ticket roughly 2-3 months before the time of the trip. Since a passport can take 4-6 weeks to be processed and mailed to you, please apply no later than 4 months before the trip so that it is in your possession on time for ticket finalization dates.

What is the application process?

  1. Submit the Connect with Us form found at the bottom of this page.
  2. Login and select your trip of interest after receiving a username and password for your Student Missions account.
  3. Complete the Trip Info Form.
  4. Submit 2 references – one from a parent/guardian and one from your pastor or youth leader.
  5. We will send you an official acceptance email upon receipt and review of your Trip Info Form and both references.
  6. Submit the first $100 of your support as a deposit within 1 month of acceptance.
  7. Complete required paperwork.
  8. Raise your financial support.
  9. All forms, paperwork and resources needed to submit support are provided for you in the Student Missions account you will be given. A more detailed explanation of this application process will be posted in your account.

Can I bring friends with me?

Yes! We encourage students to recruit as many friends to join them as they can. Feel free to direct them to this webpage or connect them with our office staff:

Email: mission@wol.org
Phone: 518-494-6338

What if my whole youth group wants to go?

We welcome youth groups and their leaders to participate in our missions trips! We’ve had great experiences with youth groups growing together, serving together and impacting the world for Christ together. The Student Missions team wants to come alongside students and youth leaders and enable your youth group to serve overseas!

Feel free to direct your youth leaders and friends to this webpage or connect them with our office staff:

Email: missions@wol.org
Phone: 518-494-6338

Will I need vaccinations in order to travel overseas?

That depends on which country you are going to! Word of Life does not require any vaccinations unless it is a mandated entry requirement by the country the trip is going to. You can find more details on country requirements and suggestions for vaccinations at cdc.gov (Center for Disease Control). We also recommend that you talk to your primary care physician for any suggestions they might have before you leave the country!

Are there any deadlines for the trips?

  1. A $100 deposit is due 1 month after being notified of acceptance to the trip.
  2. 50% of the total trip cost (including airfare) is due four months prior to the trip departure date. If airfare is greater than 50% of the total trip cost, then it is the cost of airfare that is due at this time.
  3. 100% of the total trip cost is due two months prior to the trip departure date.
  4. A late fee of $100 will be added to new registrations received within 90 days of the trip departure date.
Missions Opportunity

Looking for Extended Missions Opportunities?

Cross-Cultural Internships
Each year, we sort through the applicants and select a few young people to participate in our missionary intern program. These participants travel to the country of their choice for a 2-year missions experience that is sure to change their lives. They raise support, go to their field of ministry, and work as a missionary, all while receiving a discount toward finishing their degree through Liberty University or Baptist Bible College’s distance learning programs. To qualify for this program, you must have first completed the 2-year program at the Word of Life Bible Institute. If you are a current student or have completed the Bible Institute in the past, we would welcome your application.