COVID-19 Update: We were deeply saddened to cancel the majority of our Global Impact Trips due to the pandemic.
Below are details on the trips we had planned to take last year. We are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule some of these trips as travel begins to open back up, and we will continue to update this page as any new trips are confirmed. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turkey Global City Experience
We will have the unique opportunity to go on a tour of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Pastor Rod, along with some of our global city leaders will guide us through the biblical and historical sites of the churches during this remarkable experience.
We’ll hear echoes of those age-old letters to first-century congregations in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. It will be an incredible opportunity to see the book of Revelation and the related material from Luke and Paul take on a new depth that no book study could provide!
- Explore Istanbul with the Istanbul Projekt Team while learning about how God is working through this exciting new church plant
- Take a deep dive into the biblical and cultural riches of the early Christian church by visiting locations such as Thyatira, Ephesus, Philadelphia, Pergamum, Colossae, Laodicea, and the Aegean Sea
- Take the opportunity to see first-hand how God is working specifically in several cities in Turkey including Istanbul, Izmir, Pamukkale, and Antalya
An Experience of a Lifetime
The Turkey Global City Experience will be a rich educational experience led by our senior pastor, Rod Stafford, along with other key European global city leaders. This trip is limited to 20-30 people.
Renovating for Women in Recovery
Pink Door Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that provides a long-term recovery and integration program for women exiting prostitution or fleeing forced sexual exploitation.
Pink Door’s long-term recovery program consists of three main areas: residential services, individualized recovery and life skills courses, and psychosocial consultation. Participants live in the Pink Door Residence and participate in the internal integration program.
Pink Door has been gifted a home that will soon become a safe house for women in recovery and long-term care from sexual exploitation. Our team will champion several major renovation projects on this home, including a roof replacement, ceiling and subflooring restoration, and repair to the house walls. No renovation work experience is required, but heavy labor will be involved.
Trauma Counseling for those Serving Refugees
A team of licensed professional counselors will be going to work with our Global Partner AtHome Ministries. AtHome is a ministry in the heart of France working with refugees and migrant workers. They are coming alongside of them in profound ways to help them find housing, acclimate to the culture, and find community together. They have even launched a weekly church service that is growing and reaching many in the community.
They have a need to equip the core team in trauma care that many of the refugees they work with are experiencing. We are sending some folks to help meet this need. If you have experience in trauma care, please consider joining us.
Teachers Encouraging Teachers
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.
Teachers Encouraging Teachers
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:
- Humanitarian Aid & Education: Addressing the physical needs of the refugees through humanitarian aid and education for children.
- Relational Engagement: Building relationships through home visits, faith-based programs and children’s activities.
- 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.
James 1: 27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
This is the heartbeat of Watoto Ministries in Kampala, Uganda. Watoto is a local church committed to celebrating Christ and caring for the community. For 30 years they have placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents. They work alongside the most vulnerable in our society to rescue individuals and raise each one as a leader in their sphere of life so that, in turn, they will rebuild the nation. Their vision is clear and powerful: Rescue. Raise. Rebuild.
Join a team from Fairfax going to Uganda this summer to visit the Watoto Village and serve in a variety of practical ways alongside the Watoto ministry teams in whatever ways are needed. There are a variety of project needs from building maintenance to caring for kids, to medical needs to worship workshops and many other ways to help depending on your skills! This is a great trip to go on to learn from an incredible ministry and to be used in very general or specific ways. There is a place for everyone who feels called to serve. You simply need to be in the “yes” position.
Village of Hope
Deleted: Out on the beautiful African bush lies a beacon of light, Village 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.
The team will be working in several ways:
- Running a half-day camp for children while they are on their school break.
- Doing grounds maintenance and house maintenance work.
- Leading workshops on Trauma Care for houseparents and teachers.
- Playing with and loving on the beautiful children at Village of Hope!
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.
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.
No, you are not committing by submitting your application. After the teams are selected, a team leader will contact you and confirm your commitment.
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.
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.
- Go to Fairfax.cc and click on “Give” in the navigation bar.
- Select the Trip and the Person you are donating to.
- Click Submit.
- Complete the billing information and finalize your transaction.
- A confirmation email will be sent to you and will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.
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.
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.
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.
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.