Each year, we want to serve alongside our global partners and expose our community to what God is doing around the world. We work to form teams to meet very specific needs our partners have, seeking to empower communities through training, resourcing and encouragement. Read through the opportunities to join one of these teams in 2019, and pray to see if God is leading you to apply.

May 18 – 25, 2019

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

College Student Global Impact Trip

May 27 – June 1, 2019

Paris,
France

Serving those
Who Serve

July 20 – 27, 2019

Beirut,
Lebanon

Teachers Encouraging Teachers

July 6-14, 2019

Port-au-Prince,
Haiti

Teachers Encouraging
Teachers

July 5-15, 2019 

Kisumu,
Kenya

Marriage & Family
Conference

Dec. 26 – Jan. 6 (tentative)

Lusaka,
Zambia

May 22 to 30

Germany Global City Experience

In May, join us for a first-ever Global City Cultural Experience through Germany. God is at work in some amazing ways in Europe through new churches Fairfax has been involved in planting. This is an opportunity to see first-hand how God is working specifically in three cities in Germany – Berlin, Hamburg, and Leipzig.  It will be a rich educational experience led by our senior pastor, Rod Stafford, along with other key European global city leaders. We will dive deep into understanding the post-Christian context these young leaders are working in and how they are seeing God transform lives in these global cities.

Itinerary
  • 3 nights in Berlin
  • 3 nights in Hamburg
  • 2 nights in Leipzig
  • Participate in the City-to-City Germany Conference
  • Visit key historical site in all 3 cities, including the Berlin Wall
  • Bonus day trip to Whittenberg, the town where Martin Luther lived and nailed his 95 Thesus to the door of the Castle Church and began the Protestant Reformation
An Experience of a Lifetime

It will be an unforgettable trip to experience with someone close to you or new friends you will make. The trip is limited to 12 people.

Registration Closed

$2,500


May 18 – 25, 2019

Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic

College Student Global Impact Trip
$800

Iglesia Accion Misionera is Fairfax’s longest standing global partnership. This was the first church we helped to plant over 20 years ago and this church has since multiplied to over 17 churches throughout the Dominican Republic. Juan Santos has been the pastor since the beginning and he and his team have spent years focused on multiplying the church in many areas, engaging in the culture, developing leaders, and bearing much fruit. Our college students have an opportunity to participate in this Global Impact Trip. They will be helping with various projects around the church, have the chance to learn from the ministry team in the Dominican Republic and build relationships with our friends serving in this country.

Registration Closed

This trip is limited to college students connected to our college ministry. Please contact Josh Falke at joshfalke@fairfax.cc with questions.

Applications due by January 15, 2019

May 27 – June 2, 2019

Paris,
France

Serving those Who Serve
$1800

The refugee situation in Europe took a dramatic turn in 2015 with an incredible influx of people seeking safety from the increasingly volatile situations in their home countries. The numbers are staggering. Thousands of refugees found their way to Paris and Fairfax came alongside of AtHome Ministries to help serve these refugees. The team spends time with these individuals and families building relationships, teaching French classes, helping them adjust to a new culture, helping with immigration documents, and sharing the love of Christ in profound ways. Out of this ministry a church was birthed to serve the beautiful community of refugees, migrant workers, and French nationals that began to form.

The core team of leaders from AtHome Ministries pour themselves out daily to visit and minister to this community of people, most whom are living on the streets. In May, they will be taking a 4-day team retreat. We are forming a small group of people to serve this core team of leaders in a variety of ways during this retreat.

Registration Closed
Applications due by February 15, 2019

July 20 – 27, 2019

Beirut,
Lebanon

Teachers Encouraging Teachers
$2,500

Driven by the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ, Heart for Lebanon (H4L) exists to see lives changed and communities transformed. The United Nations has called the Syrian Refugee crisis the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Millions of refugees are fleeing for their lives, willing exposing themselves and their families to danger, in order to escape the horrors of war. H4L is working to help these refugees in three specific ways:

  1. Humanitarian Aid & Education
    Addressing the physical needs of the refugees through humanitarian aid and education for children.
  2. Relational Engagement
    Building relationships through home visits, faith-based programs and children’s activities.
  3. Reconciliation through Spiritual Discipleship
    Leading refugees into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

What the team will focus on:

In this service trip we are looking for teachers to lead two 2-day workshops for teachers focused on basic elementary teacher training. All teachers that teach with H4L have completed a masters degree in teaching, but continue to need innovative, creative, interactive teacher training and tools to meet the needs of the children in their classrooms. The majority of the students are between the ages of 5-12 years old.

Heart for Lebanon at its core is about building relationships where the love of Jesus Christ can be shared. So even more important than teaching tools for these teachers, they need encouragement as they pour in to the lives of their students and build relationships with the families facing some of the most difficult situations imaginable. Our hope is to see our team of teachers sharing time, hope, love and learning techniques with these special teachers in Lebanon.

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Applications due by March 15, 2019

July 6 – 14, 2019

Port-au-Prince,
Haiti

Teachers Encouraging Teachers
$1800

TeacHaiti is a powerful organization that is empowering Haitian children to emerge from poverty through education. Each summer while the school we support is out of session, we have had the joy of putting on summer camps for the students while simultaneously working with the teachers from TeacHaiti. This year we are being asked to specifically provide training to the teachers. They continue to need innovative, creative, interactive teacher training and tools to meet the needs of the children in their classrooms. The school runs classes from kindergarten through high school. Our hope is to see our team of teachers sharing time, hope, love and learning techniques with these special teachers in Haiti.

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Applications due by March 15, 2019

July 5 – 15, 2019

Kisumu,
Kenya

Marriage & Family Conference
$2,800

In the hills of Kisumu, on the western coast of Kenya, Kima International School of Theology (KIST) stands as a landmark in the community. It’s been there for more than twenty years, and the goal has always been the same: be an excellent school of theology led by Africans that trains Church of God leaders in Africa. Fairfax has partnered with KIST for over 20 years and God is at work in some exciting ways.

We are helping to curate a conference for students, lay leaders, and the local community around the topic of Marriage & Family. We have a team forming of licensed professional counselors and educators to teach at this conference and provide an excellent experience for our partners.

Trip Full
Applications due by March 15, 2019

December 27 – January 6 (tentative)

Lusaka,
Zambia

$2,800

Out on the beautiful African bush lies a beacon of light, Villages of Hope, a community raising Zambian orphans and vulnerable children to become successful young adults, leaders, and followers of Christ. These children live in homes led by house parents caring holistically for them, seeking to create family environments. Through the School of Hope, healthcare, discipleship and training, this community is enabling young people to become economically self-sustaining Christian adults.

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FAQ

What is the age requirement to be considered for a global impact trip?

Depending on the trip, we allow children ages 10 and up to be considered. All minors must go through the application process and be accompanied by a parent if selected.

How are people selected for trips?

Each trip requires a different set of criteria for applicants. It is important that we place people on trips according to the needs and priorities of the partners we are serving on the ground. Specific skills and experience play highly into the process of choosing team members. Please keep in mind that we receive more applications than we have availability. Sometimes we simply don’t have enough room to take everybody who would like to go. People that attend Fairfax Community Church and are already connected with our local outreach teams are given first priority. It is our hope that people who are interested, but are not able to go would connect with the team in other ways such as giving financially or coming alongside as a prayer partner.

By applying, am I committing to go on the trip?

No, you are not committing by submitting your application. After the teams are selected, a team leader will contact you and confirm your commitment.

What am I committing to?

Once committed, you will have a few team meetings to help you prepare for the trip and get to know each other. Those meeting dates and times are decided based upon availability of the majority of the team and the team leader.  Once plane tickets are purchased, you are responsible to pay for your plane ticket if for any reason you are unable to go on the trip.

How do I get the money to go on the trip?

You and the rest of your team will fundraise for support from others. We have found that many people don’t have the time or ability to go on a short-term mission trip but have the desire to be involved in some way. We ask, therefore, that every person going on a trip raise his/her funds by writing letters to friends and family sharing the goal of the trip and the financial requirements to make the trip happen. We have templates and sample letters to help you. We have seen over and over again God provide the funding for dozens of global impact trip participants. It is an exciting step of faith and growth in our walk with Christ.

Please note: Money raised over the amount needed for the trip will go into the general trip fund and be used for future global impact trips. Money that is not raised prior to departing for the trip will be due in full by each individual before they can participate in the trip.  

How can someone donate to my trip?

  1. Go to Fairfax.cc and click on “Give” in the navigation bar.  
  2. Select the Trip and the Person you are donating to.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Complete the billing information and finalize your transaction.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you and will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

What if I don’t have a passport?

Apply now for a passport if you don’t have one! 

After you receive your new passport number, update your application with that information. You will also need to make a copy of your passport application and/or passport and give it to your team leader at the first team meeting. As per new rules for international airline travel, we are required to obtain and send the expiration date of your passport for booking travel, so we will need that information as soon as possible. If your passport expires less than six months after your departure date, you will need to renew your passport as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have a non-U.S. passport, you are responsible for finding out if a visa is required for you to travel to a specific country.

Do I need to obtain a visa?

Depending on the country you are traveling to, you may need to obtain a visa. If you are required, your team leader and the FCC staff will help you with that process.

What happens if I am not chosen?

We will be in touch with each person that applies to let them know if they are selected. If you are not selected due to any reason, we hope to have a conversation with you and help you connect in other ways and waitlist for future trips. There are several opportunities to serve with one of our local outreach teams right here in the community and we encourage you to get involved with local outreach while waiting for the right opportunity to take a trip overseas.

Can I travel separately from the team for personal reasons?

It is strongly preferred that all members of the team travel together. For the trips to Africa, there will be an optional safari “add-on” at the end of the trip for those that would like to stay on to enjoy a local safari adventure. However, other than that we ask team members to make every effort to travel with their teams and utilize the flights/airlines we are able to purchase at the best rates for the group. If you have a unique situation you may discuss your options with your team leader.