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Lighthouse Service Trips

Serving a World in Need

Lighthouse trips go far beyond the academics of regular study abroad experiences. The J-term Lighthouse program enables students to gain unforgettable, life-changing experiences while learning and serving abroad.

Our students study the cultural, historical, social, and religious aspects of a host country and are equipped to carry out ministry among the local people. They gain experience in cross-cultural outreach, develop their leadership potential, seek justice, grow spiritually, and put their passion for God into action.

And while each Lighthouse service trip is different, from evangelizing in the streets to helping build houses, every team’s goals are the same. We want to enter other cultures as humble servant-leaders, embody the core values in the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Missions, serve as lights of God’s love and compassion, and become beacons of deeper faith and understanding others who serve in these communities.

Support

Without outside support from Taylor University friends, family, and alumni, Lighthouse trips wouldn’t be possible. The support you provide through praying and giving can go beyond the boundaries of the discipleship we pursue through our trips. If you feel led to support Lighthouse missions financially, you can donate to the Lighthouse program online. Read more about the 2018 trips you can support.

Ethiopia

The Ethiopia team is working with the children and professional staff at the Project Mercy compound. Taylor students will be tutoring Ethiopian children in English and building relationships to better understand cultural needs that can be met.

Kosovo

This Taylor group is ministering to and serving Muslim children, youth, and women through organized camps, local community centers, and stores. The Kosovo team will be building relationships through times of singing, teaching, volunteering, and talking with locals.

Peru

While in Ayacucho the Peru Team are ministering to children in orphanages, team camps, and learning centers. They’re also providing hands-on support to staff of VisionTrust in hopes of building lasting relationships that yield generations of impact.

Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asia Team is focused on developing the island communities they visit. They’re spending time with the locals through volunteer work, home-stays, and sports in hopes of sharing their faith with a nearly 100% Muslim community.

We are also grateful for the long-term partnerships with our host families, host ministries, and organizations founded or run by Taylor graduates. Several partners have been to campus to share their stories personally with students in chapel and other venues, such as:

  • Love Justice International: Founded by Taylor alum John Molineux, Love Justice International – formerly Tiny Hands International – is dedicated to reaching orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex-trafficking industry.
  • Vision Trust: As president of Vision Trust, Matt Storer, a Taylor alum, and the rest of his team are committed to meeting the crucial needs and providing hope to the world’s neediest children.
  • Project Mercy: Founded by former Taylor Board Member, Marta Gabre-Tsadick, Project Mercy empowers individuals to create thriving, economically independent communities.
Locations

Approximately 80-100 Taylor students share in a diverse set of trips each year. Teams have served in areas such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Nepal, The Czech Republic, Peru, and Southeast Asia where the dominant worldviews include Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Animism, and Atheism. The Basque region of Spain has recently been added as a new Lighthouse destination.

"Every day was filled with eye-opening experiences, new opportunities to serve, and increased growth among the people and within our team." – Luke Rutan, Ethiopia Lighthouse Team

Academic Credit

Once you go through the application process and are accepted onto a team, you will be enrolled in a one-credit fall course, which helps prepare you—along with your faculty sponsors and fellow students—for your trip. Students receive three credits during J-term for the on-field service-learning course, which fulfills the general education cross-cultural requirement.

Interested in More About Lighthouse?

Read student stories from last J-term’s trips on the Lighthouse blog, check out our Taylor University Lighthouse Facebook page in January for trip updates, or watch their experiences on the Taylor University YouTube channel.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lighthouse missions, please email lighthouse@taylor.edu.