God grows us as we move to join His great work!
We offer three different kinds of trips, each with a very different purpose.

Our MISSION TRIPS are built to come alongside an established organization in an effort to encourage, support and physically assist with their mission. Most trips include a combination of labor, relational, and evangelism work. These trips include long hours, hard work, and an opportunity to learn from those you are serving.  Our VISION TRIPS are designed to help students explore a potential call to full time missionary work.  Participants see missions work up close, encounter a new culture, and spend quality time with current missionaries. Our EXPOSURE TRIPS are meant to open students’ eyes to global issues that they may otherwise never see firsthand.  This firsthand experience draws us closer to the Father as we begin to understand His heart for the world beyond our doorstep, and helps us become lifetime advocates of these new exposures. Our SERVICE TRIPS are designed for any student, regardless of faith background, to get a taste of serving a variety of organizations. We partner with organizations to help them serve their community well.

FALL 2020

This fall we are offering four opportunities to serve in different cities across the Midwest. This trip is perfect for first timers and those hoping to get plugged deeper into Encounter. You can find more information about how each team will be serving and the application link below. We are excited to send out teams to serve communities even in the midst of this pandemic. We aren’t sure what trips will be offered the rest of this year, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity now!

Applications will open September 21, and close October 6.

SAINT LOUIS [service trip]

November 20-24, 2020 //  Cost: $225

Looking to serve? Join our team as we head to St. Louis to serve in the community through a variety of organizations and projects such as food banks, family services, youth development, and more! This trip will allow you to see first hand the change that happens when we choose to serve others before ourselves. Come along with us to impact communities and get plugged into Encounter! Applications will open September 21, and close October 6.


INDIANAPOLIS [mission trip]

November 20-24, 2020 //  Cost: $225

Come along with us to Indianapolis to help serve with FAME, an organization that sends medical supplies to countries in need. We will also be attending this year’s International Conference On Missions (ICOM)! While we can’t go on an international trip this year, we will learn how our work at home changes lives elsewhere. Plus, what better way to learn about living on mission than by attending a conference put on by international missionaries? Applications will open September 21, and close October 6.


QUAD CITIES [vision trip]

November 20-24, 2020  //  Cost: $225

Join us as we partner with Camp Summit to put on a retreat for high-school students. Camp Summit is a summer camp located in the Quad cities that aims to provide Christian based activities, camps, and programs for low-income students. You will have the unique opportunity to help plan and execute the retreat, as well as form bonds with high-school students.This trip is perfect for those who are interested in ministry, or working with students. We hope to gather a team of students that are passionate about sharing the gospel and showing the love of Jesus to EVERYONE. You won’t want to miss out! Applications will open September 21, and close October 6.


CHICAGO [exposure trip]

November 20-24, 2020 // Cost: $225

This trip is designed to take you out of Bloomington-Normal to serve in an urban community. We will be partnering with the Chicago Dream Center to serve those within the city. Our hope is to take you out of your comfort zone, give you opportunities to learn and serve, and provide an affordable missions experience for students. You will be exposed to ministry strategies that are unique to the city and people we will be serving. Specifically, you could have the opportunity to work with those experiencing DEEP physical needs such as homelessness, poverty, and sex trafficking. This trip will be a great opportunity to learn and grow! Applications will open September 21, and close October 6.


THE LONG HAUL [service trip]

Bus Service Trip – multiple destinations
2021 Dates TBD
We dreaming up what this trip could look like in 2021- Stay tuned for more information in the spring!

Have you ever wanted to do something meaningful with your spring break? This trip is the one for you! Join us as we travel across the country, stopping in a different city each day to do a community service project. You will join 40 other students from ISU on a charter bus and will be exposed to a variety of social issues, with hopes of learning more about themselves, their own community, and the world.