“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -Acts 1:8
Jesus was clear that we are called to go to the ends of the earth in order to share the good news of the Kingdom of God.  At Vanguard, we have several outreach efforts each year that focus on doing just this.  Through Global Outreach, our hope is that as you feel called to go, we can support you to step out in faith in that.  We have various levels of global outreach ranging from short one-week trips to spending a summer or even a whole year serving alongside missionaries around the world. 

Spring Break:

  • Hands Across the Border (HATB): Each year, a group of students travels to Mexico, spending their Spring break in various acts of ministry.  This year, we will be returning to Ensenada, Mexico.  We have various student teams that focus on one area all week:  VBS, women’s shelter, adult rehab facility, orphanage and a construction team.
  • San Francisco Outreach (SFO):  Another annual trip, is SFO where students spend their break focused on inner city ministry in the heart of San Francisco.  Focusing on homelessness, human trafficking and addiction, this team partners with a variety of ministries throughout the week.

Summer Trips:

We have had the blessing of being able to send thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni around the world in the last several decades.  This summer, we will be sending students, faculty and staff to:

  • Ireland:  This trip will continue to focus on the existing relationship VU has in Ireland, focusing in the Belfast area.  Our team has a unique opportunity to partner with a local church this year and we look forward to what will come of it.
  • Malawi:  Partnering with an organization that is significantly changing child mortality rates in Malawi, this trip is a more medical-focused trip this year.  This team will travel with the local staff to villages in which children are weighed, measured and prescribed a fortified peanut butter, which is saving lives.
  • Moore, Oklahoma:  Partnering with local ministries, this team will be a rebuilding trip for the families of Moore who were devastated by the tornado in May of 2013.
  • Tanzania:  Working with VU alums, this team will be sent to Moshi, Tanzania where they will assist the current ministry taking place with youth and adults.  Opportunities will include helping the local school, orphanage and going to various villages.
    Tentative Dates: May 22-June 7, Approximate Cost: $3,000

S.O.S. (Summer of Service)

For the last three years, Global Outreach has had the privilege of challenging students to take part in more than the traditional 2-3 week trip. The SOS program offers ministry opportunities that are the perfect next step for those who have been on a Vanguard short term mission trip.   If you desire to serve the Lord for an entire summer, we encourage you to come talk to us and see where God may lead you.

MK Connection

One of the special things about Vanguard is the number of Missionary Kids (MKs) that come here for their formal education.  While this can be exciting for our campus, we realize the unique challenges associated with that.  If you are an MK, we would love to connect you to the ongoing activities and events that we have scheduled this year just for you.

For further information, like us on Facebook or contact the Global Outreach office at globaloutreach@vanguard.edu.