Meet The Director
Lisa La George
Prior to coming to The Master’s University in 1998, Lisa spent five years involved in cross-cultural youth ministry in Alaska. She has traveled in over 45 countries to encourage cross-cultural workers, provide teacher training workshops, and supervise student teachers. In addition to teaching in the area of ESL and Intercultural Studies, Lisa administers and trains cross-cultural vocational student trips. Her research and writing includes the topics of short-term missions, cross-cultural teaching methodologies, missionary biographies, and Third-Culture Kid transitions. She is rarely without a book, loves to cook, and enjoys opening her home for global gatherings.
Our fall event Engage! will be held October 12-15, 2017. As an extension of the office of Outreach, Engage! is a campus-wide effort of The Master’s University to serve in and learn from churches throughout Southern California. Each year we mobilize approximately 650 student volunteers to serve with local churches in various types of ministry ranging from cross-cultural and urban to homeless and prison outreach.
We desire for TMU students to be impacted by local churches’ commitment to Christ and His Word as they spend time with ministry leaders and members. We also want to be a source of encouragement to the tireless labors of faithful pastors and churches. We want local churches to know that TMU appreciates them and that their labor is not in vain.
We long to come along side churches and help fulfill the Great Commission through evangelism. We implore all church partners to send TMU students out to a lost and dying world with the good news of Jesus Christ!
We wish to cultivate servant hearts by making ourselves available for any service projects that churches may have at their church or in their community.
Engage! is an aid in the spiritual formation of our students and the building of strategic partnerships with local churches. We have students who want to utilize their gifts within a local church, and churches that are looking for assistance with their ministries. Through Engage! we are able to meet both needs and build lasting partnerships in that many of our students make long-term commitments to churches they visit during Engage! and many churches offer our students internship positions. Local churches and communities are exposed to the excellent students we produce and our students are plugged into a local church that prayerfully they can call home while in and even after college.
Forms for Pastors
The Master’s University desires to provide each student with an opportunity to participate in and learn from the work of God in an overseas cross-cultural setting. Ministry opportunities are selected based on the following critical factors: partnership with a local church, evangelistic opportunities, vocational participation, length of service, and partnership with TMU alumni. Teams are formed at the end of the Fall semester, receive training during the spring semester, and serve overseas during the summer. All teams that minister through the Office of Global Outreach are led by students who are members of the Servant Leadership Staff.
Each participant takes semester-long the Preparation for Global Outreach class (BMS312) trains students in theological, philosophical, and practical aspects of short term mission: theology of missions, cultural research methods, logistical details, team-building, and health and safety, among others.
Global Outreach teams will be serving in the following countries during the summer of 2017:
Costa Rica: June 15-July 30*
Leaders: Taylor Koh and Elizabeth Bailey
Team Costa Rica will be working with a K-12 school at a Missionary Language Center with Costa Rican youth and Missionary Kids.
Great for these Majors: Business, Student Ministries, Biblical Counseling, TESOL, Liberal Studies/Teacher Ed, Communication. Special request for musicians to help with chapel.
Haiti: May 9-June 24*
Leaders: Joshua English and Ashlee Trenery
Team Haiti will be serving with the Baptist Mission to Haiti, helping to audit the assets of the center, provide a social media reset, and rework their computer systems.
Great for these Majors: Business, Communications, CIS, English, Bible.
Brazil: May 8-22*
Leaders: Jamilee Iddings, Kimmie Wong, Emily Curtin, and Morgan Koch
These two teams will be serving together with the Soares family and Athletes in Action, conducting sports camps in Sao Paulo. Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball
England: May 8-June 14*
Leaders: Cole Heinzen and Paige Miller
Team England will be serving in London in a church and community center through sports and after-school theatre programs: Church planting, Rugby, evangelism, American Football, pop-up café’s, mom-and-tots outreach.
Great for all majors.
India: May 8-June 25*
Leaders: Josh Collins and Carissa Arend
Team India will be working in New Delhi in a language and music school and reaching out through a tutoring opportunities with children in a slum.
Great for these majors: TESOL, Piano Pedagogy, education, athletes, All.
Ukraine: May 8-June 15*
Leaders: Dylan Grimes and Whitney Gomillion
Team Ukraine will be working with The Elisha Foundation, reaching out through the churches to orphanages to encourage families and care givers who have children with special needs.
Great for all majors: Future educators and PT’s especially encouraged to apply.
Philippines: May 8-June 26*
Leaders: Leo Sakai and Sabrina Hebron
Team Philippines will be serving at Rivera Medical, rotating through various hospital clinics, assisting in surgery, and serving in a local church.
Great for these majors: Pre-med, Kinesiology, biology, juniors and seniors
*Dates are approximate and the cost for each trip is $2975.
Traveler's Health Information
Maintaining your health while overseas begins with proper planning and research before you depart. The following resources can help educate you about appropriate preventative measures prior to departure and during your travel abroad. Additionally, you should consult with a physician prior to your departure about your personal health and recommended vaccinations, immunizations, and other preventative medication.
U.S. Center for Disease Control Health Information
You can find out information about our destinations here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/
Travel Medicine Providers
Please note that not all physicians are experts in the medical treatment needed for the area of the world to which you may be traveling. Carefully check the qualifications and expertise of your physician. Sometimes your insurance will cover the cost of vaccinations.
The Office of Global Outreach recommends the following provider for complete travel medical advice and vaccinations:
WellnessMart 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 496-7148
Many Walgreens, Costcos, and Walmarts also give regular vaccines.
World Health Organization Health Information
International Travel and Health Guide is available free online, and provides vaccination recommendations specific to each country in the world. This resource also covers a wide range of topics including:
Health risks and precautions
Travel by air
Environmental health risks
Accidents, injuries and violence
Malaria is a common disease in many of the countries our students serve. It is largely preventable, but can be a significant disease. You should read the following information carefully.
Suggested Vaccinations for all 2017 Destinations:
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine
Here are some helpful websites to get you started as you plan for your international travel! Please note that these links are not sponsored or endorsed by TMU.
Once on the Library Databases/Indexes page, search for “Global Road Warrior.” Click database and search for your country.
CDC Travelers’ Health
The National Center for Disease Control provides health information for international travel. They have tips on recent outbreaks, vaccinations, safe food and water and information on specific destinations.
Steve Kropla’s Help for World Travelers!
This site includes info on making international phone calls, telephone and electrical accessories, an international electrical plug guide and more. If you are wondering what electronics to bring, this site will be helpful.
Info on U.S. customs, travel warnings, metric conversions, etc. This page also allows you to search for travel info by region.
Travel Channel Tips and Tools
This site contains articles on security, money matters, currency conversion, travel news, measurement conversion and more.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
The U.S. government provides current headlines of world affairs and travel warnings. A good site for travel security and health.
World Travel Guide Online
This website offers information by region and country including visa, history, climate, airport and city info. Useful for learning about a specific country.
Support Letter Tips
This page contains guidelines for writing your support letter. It is recommended that you complete a first draft during the Christmas break. If you want to send out your support letter before Prep for GO begins in January, it is very important that you speak with Lisa La George before you do so!
Practical Reasons for Raising Support
The following observations are compiled from People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by William P. Dillon, pages 3-7:
Participation in support raising…
…mobilizes a group of people to pray for your ministry.
…enables the missionary to trust God in new and stretching ways.
…increases the number of Christians who fund missionary endeavors.
…exposes churches and believers to what is happening on the missions ‘frontline.’
…provides opportunity for the missionary to minister to potential supporters.
…opens doors for witnessing to unbelievers.
A Guide to Composing a Support Letter
Step #1: Pray!
Ask the Lord to build your faith in Him through the process of raising funds for the trip.
Ask for wisdom in how to present the ministry opportunity to other believers.
Pray for discernment regarding to whom letters should be sent.
Pray for God’s bountiful provision and confirmation of His leading you to this mission trip.
Ask for the Lord to move people to give and to bless them for their sacrifice.
Pray for God to make you humbly dependent on Him through this process.
Step #2: Determine a mailing list
Start by brainstorming a list of names. Do not exclude anybody who initially comes to mind; you can decide against mailing a letter later on. Use the categories listed below to help you think of potential supporters.
Avoid determining in your own mind who can and cannot afford to support your trip. Leave this decision to the recipients of your letter.
Next you will need to obtain current information on the people you’ve added to your list. This may require calling your parents or your church, so plan ahead. Also, pay attention to appropriate titles, making sure that a “Mr.” s not substituted for a “Dr.” or a “Mrs.” for a “Miss.”
Type up your address information and format for printing on mailing labels.
Potential categories of supporters
Friends of your parents
Uncles and Aunts
Brothers and Sisters
Parents’ friends from high school or college
High school friends
Parents of your friends
Members of home church
Sunday school teachers
Youth group leaders
Discipleship group leaders/members
Friends from youth group
Friends from camp
Members of a church you formerly attended
Businesses (some firms offer matching funds)
People you babysit for
People who have an interest in the country you’re traveling to
People who’ve been to this country before
People you’ve been on other mission trips with
Other places to look for ideas
Christmas card list
Day timer/palm pilot
Step #3: Write your first draft
Keep in mind the following goals of your letter as you write:
…to share your heart’s passion for overseas ministry in the coming summer
…to communicate the opportunity for ministry (when, where, who)
…to present the opportunity for the recipient to join in this ministry through support
…to explain how financial support can be given
…to specify ways the recipient can be praying
Consider the following tips:
Keep it brief. People are inundated with mail, even from Christian organizations.
Make it personal. Consider using the mail merge options in your word processor, or type an individual greeting at the beginning of each letter.
Spice it up. Add in some pertinent clip art or pictures.
Be creative. This letter should be uniquely “you.” Don’t try to conform to the typical mold. Consider using stationary with a pre-printed, color design.
Step #4: Revise your letter
Ask other team members and friends to read your letter. Encourage them to check for grammatical and spelling errors, but additionally ask them to evaluate whether the letter graciously expresses your heart.
The Global Outreach Office receives many inquiries annually as to what resources might be obtained for leading and/or developing a Short Term Missions ministry. Below is a brief annotated bibliography followed by an additional listing of resources which may be of use.
Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David Livermore
Your passport to learning how short-term missions can best serve Christ’s kingdom. Short-term mission trips are great ways to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naïveté on the part of participants. In this insightful and timely book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas.
The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip by David C. Forward
A helpful and concise guide to the most essential preparatory aspects for a STM. This is the most holistic guide to determining whether to organize a STM all the way through the return. The narrative is easy to read and insightful. Chapters are organized chronologically through the process of leading a STM.
Stepping Out: A Guide to Short Term Missions by Tim Gibson, Steve Hawthorne, Richard Krekel, and Kn Moy.
A compilation of short articles by numerous facilitators of STM. This is not a step by step guide for leaders but rather provides bite-size chunks of food for thought to team members. Recommended uses include assigning relevant chapters to team members for reading and discussion. Almost all chapters are less than 8 pages in length. Though some of the material is dated (published in 1992), the last section on returning home contains timeless principles for debriefing.
A Guide to Short Term Missions by H. Leon Greene
The main chapters of this book contain helpful material, but the real benefit of this resource is found in the appendix. The author is a medical doctor with extensive experience on medical ministry trips. His quick reference guide to illnesses, diseases and immunizations is a helpful introduction to the uninitiated lay leader. Overall, this is a good supplemental resource, but not a comprehensive guide as the title indicates.
Short-term Missions Workbook by Tim Dearborn
A pre-field curriculum for teams to work through individually and as a group. This resource helps a leader prepare a team in cross-cultural communication, team dynamics, and spiritual readiness for the mission ministry. The author does an excellent job of rooting the principles he is communicating in scripture and calling the team member to dig and reflect on his own. Even if not used as a curriculum for a team, STM leaders may find the group exercises for team development and the bible studies fodder for team devotions.
Bibliography of Resources:
Elmer, Duane. Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Jordan, Peter. Re-Entry: Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, 1992.
Lane, Patty. A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures: Making Friends in a Multicultural World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Lanier, Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar. Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing, 2000.
Lingenfelter, Sherwood G., Mayers, Marvin K. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1986.
Peterson, Roger, Aeschliman, Gordon, Sneed, R. Wayne. Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission. Minneapolis, MN: STEM Press, 2003.
Pirolo, Neal. The Reentry Team: Caring for Your Returning Missionaries. San Diego, CA: Emmaus Road International, 2000.
Werner, David. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook. Palo Alto, CA: The Hesperian Foundation, 1992.
2017 Applications Now Available!
Spots remaining only for men on Ukraine and for the athletic teams.
Applications will be completed on-line through our Managed Missions portal. Please find the link for the application below. The link for the references should be emailed to your reference. All references must be received prior to acceptance. Team notification will be made in most cases by January 15.
Global Outreach Teams
Parent Reference: http://masters.formstack.com/forms/Parent_ref_GO
RA Reference: http://masters.formstack.com/forms/RA_reference_GO
Pastor Reference: http://masters.formstack.com/forms/Pastor_ref_GO
*Please note that completing an application does not guarantee a place on a team.
What is the priority deadline for applying to join a Global Outreach team?
December 5, 2017.
Can I apply for a Global Outreach team after the deadline?
The priority deadline is December 5, and teams usually fill up before the start of the Spring semester. There is no guarantee of acceptance after the priority processing deadline, but the absolute last day to apply for a team would be January 18.
Do I need to sign up for the Preparation for Global Outreach class (BMS 312) on Thursday nights?
Each student traveling on a TMU Global Outreach team must register for BMS 312 in the spring semester. Included within the class session is a weekly team time to help plan for your trip abroad.
What kind of credit does the Prep for GO class offer?
The GO class counts as either an upper division Bible elective or as a cross-cultural general education class. If you take the class as gen ed credits, you will only need to take 3 credits of cross-cultural; the remaining 3 credits of the gen ed requirement can be used for any other class.
Can I take the Preparation for Global Outreach class (BMS 312) if I am not a part of a GO trip?
You may take the GO class even if you are not participating on a GO trip. Your will receive a modified syllabus.
Do I have to pay tuition fees if BMS 312 adds more than 18 units to my schedule?
You can sign up for BMS 312 for 0 units so that you are not charged tuition for taking the class. Sign up for 3 units, and then ask the registrar to change the count to 0. The course fee will apply to all students regardless of credit count.
Can I date or pursue another person on my team?
The Global Outreach Office does not place dating couples on the same team and discourages any dating relationships during the GO training and trip. If you have concerns about this, please discuss this with your team leader and the GO Director.
I have concerns about my personal security while traveling internationally. Are these trips safe?
Any international travel carries certain risks. The Global Outreach Office evaluates political, health, and safety risks to potential destinations. We make every effort to inform team members of anticipated risks. Further questions or inquiries about a specific destination can be directed to GO@masters.edu. Should a location become unstable during the training period, the team will either be redirected to another location or, in unusual cases, cancelled.
Do I have to take the GO class again if I have already taken it once?
Repeat participants will be given a slightly different syllabus to govern assignments and class participation. You must still register for the class, but can only receive the units once.
Can I be on a Global Outreach team if I am studying in IBEX in the spring?
Sorry, because of the team training, spring IBEX and GO are not possible to accomplish in the same year.
How much do the trips cost?
The total trip cost, including airfare, food, lodging and ministry expenses will be around $2975. Athletic trips will have a slightly different pricing structure.
Can someone who is not a current traditional student at TMU join a Global Outreach team?
Faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for teams. Others may be able to participate along with the team by working directly with the partnering organization such as a mission agency or church. Questions about this may be directed to GO@masters.edu.
When will I know what team I am on?
Team rosters will be finalized during the first week of classes in January.
Is there anything I can do over Christmas break to get ready for a trip?
Apply for a passport if you don’t already have one. These sites will be helpful: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/apply.htmlhttps://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/forms.html
Check in with your family doctor and make sure that your vaccinations are current. If you are not vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, start the series now–it makes up to 6 months to finish.
Tell your family and friends that they can give tax deductible donations toward your trip for Christmas. www.masters.edu/supportGO
Gather addresses while you are home for people you will send letters to in late January.