Every semester travel abroad, as well as one trip per year to a different continent.
The journeys are amazing experiences, often in a strange culture, unfamiliar surroundings and different conditions than everyday life. As a team you build stronger relationships, learn new skills and perspectives, and get new experiences that stay with you for life.
The trips are far more than just sightseeing. They also involve helping the locals in their ministries; whether practical work, compassion, teaching, services and much more. We learn from those we visit and inspire one another across cultures.
We cooperate with churches and organisations, linking us to local initiatives. Whenever possible we stay in private homes.
Extra funds are required for these trips. The students always help one another to raise money for the trips and grants can be applied for.
Every other year, Israel is the destination. It is a study trip where many places from Biblical events are visited. Our guides, messianic Jews, tell the stories behind the places and the Bible comes alive in a whole new way. We travel to the Golan heights in the north, to the Dead Sea in south, go into the old streets in Jerusalem, to the tomb garden and the temple square. Every day brings new inspiration, devotion and prayers.
We are fascinated by the beautiful landscapes, the various cultures and we meet Christian churches, organisations, youth groups and charities. In 2017, the very first one we meet was Todd White, preaching in the neighbourhood.
New Zealand will be our next destination overseas! We will experience and learn from the schools and Bible colleges that we ourselves have received inspiration from lately. Several times a year we have received guest lecturers from New Zealand. Now it is time to experience them on their home ground. We will see how services and events come into being and how everything works behind the scenes. We will meet Bible college students from both Equippers College and Creative Lab and also other young adults and together reach out to their local communities. Finally, we shall find time to experience unique nature and surroundings at the best time of the year!
In 2017, we divided in three groups and visited Zimbabwe and Zambia the Southern Africa and Ghana in West Africa. We were involved in a large number of local initiatives: soup kitchens, orphanages, street evangelism, visiting schools, preaching in churches, teaching youth, painting classrooms, doing kids events and many more. Africa always bring you the unexpected and improvisations are needed. Suddenly, the kids program is not for 25 children but for 250!
In Africa we have several partners, many former students from International Apostolic Bible College. Others are mission projects or churches with relationships to Kirkeibyen.
The next trip to Africa is planned for 2019.
In November, we travel to the United Kingdom. In groups we’ll be visiting several missional churches and take part in their activities as much as possible. We visit churches as King’s Arm in Bedford, who has a great project among the homeless; we visit Equippers Church that are awesome in working with youth and whose church every day is a meeting place for mums and their children. We are in England over a weekend, enabling us to experience their way of doing Sunday services.
It is a week where theory will be put into practice and to get inspired by other churches’ ways of reaching out to their communities.
The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands have been visited and the church, Solio Deo Gloria, were our hosts. Some of our former students are part of the church leadership there. It was a trip with walks in the fells and great admiration of the nature, teaching in their bible school on the Saturday, serving in the church service and other activities. We did practical work painting the church. We were in the radio telling about the visit and who we are. Finally, we participated in a big youth event.
It was also a meeting with a fascinating people, a unique nature, the ever-changing weather – and a chance to break your own boundaries.
In Romania, we work with the prison ministry, ‘Rescue’. One of our former students has led this work for many years. We visit the prisoners, encourage them with songs, music and God’s word. We distribute much needed parcels. In such situations, you need to trust what God has given you. Everybody has a word and a life story to share. Jesus is the same whether you live inside or outside the fence.
Gypsy villages are also visited with relief aid. On Sunday we attended church, preaching and leading worship.
Many other countries in Europe could be mentioned as we work with partners/former students, including: Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Slovakia.