Often short-term missions is thought of as something for teenagers and college kids. It can seem daunting to take your family on a missions trip. If you have ever wanted to do short-term missions but never taken that leap, this just might be the right place for you!
We get it!
In the past we have had many families live on base and currently have two families on staff. We understand the unique situations that families face, but we also see the unique gift that it can be to your family! One of the greatest thing that you can do for your child is to expose them to another culture while they are learning more about God and how to serve others! It helps to change/form worldviews that are priceless! Kids learn by doing, and short term missions is a way to teach them about serving, loving others, and Gods heart for the nations in a way that your kids will never forget. It is also a great oppertunity to bond as a family as you work together without all the distactions that you face at home.
This is also a good first time oppertunity as we are a US Territory. If you are willing to take a "leap of faith," we are willing to help you discover missions with you r family!
What is Mission Builders?
YWAM has a program called Mission Builders; which is what we call people that come to serve the YWAM base. We have singles, couples, and families that come to our base and serve in practical areas. In the summer we have a lot of college students that come and help in our summer camps. In the Fall & Winter we see mostly retirees and couples coming down to work in trade/skill areas where they have 25+ years of experience!
What do mission builders do?
Mission Builders primarily help in practical service areas around the base. This means working in a mixture of Maintenance, Grounds, Garden, Housekeeping, Kitchen, Office, and Childcare. We need help in these areas as we try and balance our physical needs with ministry demands. As a smaller base; schools, camps, and events often take all of our staff and trying to balance ministry and the large amount of base responsibilities can be exhausting. We try and schedule Mission Builders during our "high times" when we need all hands on deck! Mission Builders have played a major role in the success and growth of our base.
We try our best to fit people in areas where they enjoy and are skilled in. You will most likely rotate through several areas each week. We do our best to help you find "your niche" while you are here! If you have younger kids we always work it out so that one parent can be free to be with the kids while the other serves. A few times a week we also have ministries where the kids can join in. For older kids we will work with you to help them find areas to serve in and give them a good taste of missions!
As a Mission Builder we also encourage you to get involved with the weekly ministries that we have running. Weekly base worship & intercession, Tuesday afternoon children's ministry in the projects, twice weekly basketball ministry, weekly skateboarding ministry, weekly intercession downtown and homeless ministry.
How long of a commitment is required?
Mission Builders come from between 2 weeks to 3 months!
When do you need volunteers?
This is when we run our training school as well as host a DTS outreach team. During this time we always need help in the kitchen, grounds, maintenance, and housekeeping! We can have up to 60 people on base! We also have several massive construction projects being done during this time so we can use any/all people that have a construction background!
Late June - Early August
In the summer we need Mission Builders that work primarily with our summer camps.This is a great time to bring a family because if you have kids ages 6+ they can be in the camp while you help! Older kids and teens can help in the camp! We need Camp Councilors, Sports/Dance/Drama leaders, and recreation leaders.
We also need cooks! We cook for up to 110 people a meal so kitchen help is greatly appreciated!!!
We also can use Mission Builders other times of the year; these are just our busiest times! :)
Who can be a mission builder?
Are you a believer? Do you desire to be used by God? Are you willing to go outside your comfort zone? Do you want to use your gifts, skills, and talents to build what God is doing in STX? Answer yes? Ok then, go ahead and apply!
*We do require anyone who is going to be working with kids to pass a background check.
How much does it cost?
All of our full-time staff and short-term volunteers pay for food & housing. Living expenses are very high in the islands and we cannot financially afford to house/feed people for free. We try and keep these costs low for our volunteers! When you contact us with how long you would like to stay we can give you an exact cost.
Do I need a passport or VISA?
We are a US Territory so if you are from the USA you do not need a passport or a visa! If you are coming from another country our visa reqirements are the smae us the mainland USA.
How do I get started!?
You can go ahead and click on the links below to either apply or e-mail us with a question! We have limited family housing so the sooner the better! Once we have a complete application form we will check available housing, confirm dates, and then get back to you with a green light to proceed with buying airline tickets and such! *Please do not buy a ticket before we have confirmed with you. We often have limited housing and cannot guarantee room unless we have officially accepted you.