We Help You Serve Overseas
More than 90 Alumni are Long-Term Missionaries in Around 40 Different Countries
As TMU’s Global Outreach Department, we strive to create opportunities for the students, through short-term mission trips, to experience what it’s like to serve the Kingdom of God overseas. We connect them with our Missionary Alumni and other agencies. Our efforts are to give the student body a global mindset, cultivate awareness of the needs of the mission field, and raise interest to work with other missionaries abroad.
Meet The Director
I was raised in a small town in Northern California where I grew to love adventure. Excitedly I welcome anything and everything (definitely exhausting at times!), but I never wanted to slow down. This lifestyle carried over into my faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ - I wanted to do everything I could to please God. It took some time to realize that my greatest efforts could not please God on their own (phew…), but instead I needed grace through Christ.
As I grew in my understanding and became hungry for more adventure, learning, and a deepened relationship with Christ, I saw Master’s as the right choice. This was because of their dedication to Christ and His Word, excellence in the classroom, and the many opportunities for adventure. Firstly, TMU was in beautiful Southern California, a cultural melting pot and endless things one can do. Also, they had great programs such as the Israel Bible Extension Program (IBEX) and the Global Outreach Trips (GO)—thus, I had plenty of opportunities for adventure around the world. Not only did I get to pursue those things, but even more important, it was a top academic institution which greatly prepared me for the business world. I graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance and Management.
My plan is to pursue a graduate degree and eventually use my business degree in a cross-cultural context in which I can also support a local church by teaching and living life with believers around the world. Right now, I am excited to be doing that here in Santa Clarita! I’m eager to get to know each and every student that is interested in attending The Master’s University from the many different countries that you represent. I pray that you will be able to have an experience similar to mine and that you may grow in your knowledge and love of the Lord here at TMU!
The 2020 Teams
Teams will be serving Brian Overholtzer in his ministry to the local church at Anchorage Grace Church by discipling, teaching, and working hard.
Leaders: Ethan Berthiaume & Kaitlyn Nickerson
May 9– June 20 *
Team members will be serving alongside Cory Cramer in his ministry to church plants in villages and cities through Thrive Missions International. They will serve the church leadership in outreach/evangalism and in equipping church members in Bible knowlegde, worship/music and teaching. The team will have opportunities to work on building projects as well.
Leaders: Brayden Campos & Sydney Preheim
May – Mid June *
The team will serve alongside Paul Hanthorn and assist him in his ministry to NCEM. This will involve spending time on the field station and then possibly putting on a summer Bible camp.
Leaders: Malachi Liberda & Alina Litvinko
Mid May– Mid July *
The team will be serving alongside Kenneth Fuller in Siguatipeque. Teams will be helping in his ministry to MEDA International Missions.
Leaders: Zachary Rodriguez & Marilyn Cho
Accounting, Social Media & Production, Nursing/Medical, Architectural engineering, Landscaping or inertial/external design
May 9th– July 11th *
The team will be involved in, lead and teach a youth camp. They will also be involved in countryside ministry serving alongside missionary Faly Ravoahangy, this will involve a lot of hiking.
Leaders: Ethan Meng & Ruth Hathorn
May 29th– June 30nd *
Team will help missionary Justin Riemer in his ministry to people with disabilities and their families including the special needs institution ministry.
Leaders: Ferris Smith & Nicole Castelhano
Special Education Majors
Mid May-late June *
Teams will be serving alongside Joel and Krista McCutcheon in San Jose, Costa Rica. They will be helping them in their ministry to Selah Soul Care and International Baptist Church.
Leaders: Chris Pena & Alethia Brewer
Marketing Media, Communications Major
Mid-May - June*
Teams will serve the missionaries at the local hospital, as well as put on a VBS.
Leaders: Joshua Morton & Stefany Ortiz
Mid-May to Mid June*
*All Dates are approximate.
The cost of each trip is $3,200.
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.
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.
Recommended Vaccinations for all Destinations:
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine
keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the priority deadline for applying to join a Global Outreach team?
keyboard_arrow_downCan I apply for a Global Outreach team after the deadline?
The priority deadline is December 4, and teams usually fill up before the start of the Spring semester.
keyboard_arrow_downDo I need to sign up for the Preparation for Global Outreach class on Thursday nights?
Each student traveling on a TMU Global Outreach team must register for in the spring semester. Included within the class session is a weekly team time to help plan for your trip abroad.
keyboard_arrow_downWhat 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.
keyboard_arrow_downCan I take the Preparation for Global Outreach class 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. TESOL Award members instead should sign up for TESOL.
keyboard_arrow_downDo I have to pay tuition fees if BMS 312 adds more than 18 units to my schedule?
If you wish to take the Prep class for credit, you will register for BMS312 for 3 credits. However, if you do not want the credit, you will register for BMS412 for 0 credits. Either way, the coursework involved must be completed in order to participate on the team.
keyboard_arrow_downCan 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.
keyboard_arrow_downI 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.
keyboard_arrow_downDo 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.
keyboard_arrow_downCan 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.
keyboard_arrow_downHow much do the trips cost?
The total trip cost, including airfare, food, lodging and ministry expenses will be $2900.
keyboard_arrow_downCan someone who is not a current traditional student at TMU join a Global Outreach team?
Faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for teams. Alumni may be able to participate if spots are available. Questions about this may be directed to GO@masters.edu
keyboard_arrow_downWhen will I know what team I am on?
Team rosters will be finalized during the first week of classes in January, however, we will try to notify teams earlier in December if possible.
keyboard_arrow_downIs 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 site will be helpful: Passport Application
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. Support GO
Gather addresses while you are home for people you will send letters to in late January.