SHORT-TERM MISSIONS

We want the people of Good Shepherd to have life-changing impacts while serving others...and this includes serving in a short-term missions capacity. We have many opportunities each year, both domestically and internationally, to spread the love of Jesus Christ and the good news of the Gospel message while helping meet people's needs. 

Domestic Trips

JONI & FRIENDS

Family Retreat 1

August 1-6, 2021

Volunteers help to care for, encourage and rejuvenate families affected by disability. The Joni & Friends Family Retreat provides fun and accessible activities in a camp-like setting at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. No experience required as multiple areas to serve and training are available. Open to anyone 15 years old and older. Please let kristiphillips@gsumc.org know if you are interested or for questions and register on the Joni & Friends website.Good Shepherd pays ½ so the cost is $237.50

More information on Joni & Friends

JONI & FRIENDS

Family Retreat 2

August 8-13, 2021

Volunteers help to care for, encourage and rejuvenate families affected by disability. The Joni & Friends Family Retreat provides fun and accessible activities in a camp-like setting at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. No experience required as multiple areas to serve and training are available. Open to anyone 15 years old and older.  Please let kristiphillips@gsumc.org know if you are interested or for questions and register on the Joni & Friends website.Good Shepherd pays ½ so the cost is $237.50

More information on Joni & Friends

JONI & FRIENDS

Family Retreat 3

October 17-22, 2021

Volunteers help to care for, encourage and rejuvenate families affected by disability. The Joni & Friends Family Retreat provides fun and accessible activities in a camp-like setting at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. No experience required as multiple areas to serve and training are available. Open to anyone 15 years old and older. Please let kristiphillips@gsumc.org know if you are interested or for questions and register on the Joni & Friends website.Good Shepherd pays ½ so the cost is $237.50

More information on Joni & Friends

MFUGE LIFEWAY

Student Trip

July 12 - July 17, 2021

Students currently in grades 9 – 12 will travel to North Greenville University (SC) to be immersed into Bible study and ministry during the day. The evenings will be spent with dinner, worship, devotions and fellowship. Several ministry tracks are available to meet the specific needs and interests of the student. MFuge is designed to give students a mission experience that opens their eyes to similar opportunities they may have to serve in their own communities, learning to live life each day on mission! Cost is $200 per student. Contact mathewhargett@gsumc.org for details.

More information on MFuge Camp.

SAMARITAN'S FEET

Gary, West Virginia

June 21 - June 25

Join in on a Good Shepherd only trip to Gary, West Virginia to serve in one of the poorest towns in the nation. We will partner with School for Life and Samaritan’s Feet to work on local small homes (minor construction) and host several shoe distributions. Food and Lodging is on site at School for Life in men’s and women’s bunk rooms. Transportation from Charlotte to Gary is provided and included in the cost. Open to adults and anyone 14 and older with a guardian. Trip cost is estimated at $425.

Email kristiphillips@gsumc.org for further details.

International Trips

VIRTUAL MISSION TRIP - SOUTH AFRICA

For Families and Individuals

Late Fall

Take a virtual mission trip to visit South Africa with Orchard Africa during the second week of August.  Hear about how Jesus is working through their 4 pillars of: food and agriculture, care, education and ministry.

  • Participate in motivational zoom conversations with the founders and pastors.
  • Learn about the culture of South Africa and the impacts of Aids and Covid.
  • Make a traditional meal and decadent dessert !
  • Fly over the African safari and join the penguins on the beach at eye level.
  • Log on to your daily travel portal and participate in thought provoking discussions on Jesus’ heart and mission for us.


 You don’t need to pack a bag or get a passport . . . you just need a computer or phone to zoom along with 25 other Good Shepherd friends. The cost is only $25 for individuals or $40 per family as Good Shepherd will fund the remainder.


Saturday, August 7 | 1 PM - 2 PM | Zoom

Sunday, August 8 | 1 PM - 2 PM | Zoom

Monday, August 9 | Cultural Day (on your own)

Tuesday, August 10 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Zoom

Wednesday, August 11 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Zoom 


Find out more about Orchard Africa by watching this short video.


Registration Deadline: July 15, 2021