Go with us

Each year Sports Friends offers short-term ministry trips to various field locations in which we serve. These trips are an excellent way for you to learn more about our ministry, to experience God at work in other cultures, and to help enhance the overall mission of Sports Friends. We encourage you to prayerfully consider the opportunities listed below and to respond as the Lord leads.


See a glimpse of a short-term trip:

Short-Term Teams

Watch the story of a camper:

David



What do our former short-term teams and staff have to say?
What do our former short-term teams and staff have to say?

  • “It has changed me in a way which shows me how full, happy, and content people can be with just God. I saw how fulfilling He was, and how He fills people to the brim with joy when you fully rely on Him and put Him first in your life.”

    - CASEY, SHORT-TERM TEAM, ETHIOPIA

  • “Working at camp was a beautiful picture of God’s love that we cannot understand. Those boys had no idea why we cared or loved them, but they could choose whether to accept or reject our love. This trip really impacted me in a lot of ways.”

    – SARAH, SHORT-TERM TEAM, THAILAND

  • “My heart has been changed because I am so much more grateful for everything. Now I know that what makes you rich is your relationship with God.”

    - NICK, SHORT-TERM TEAM, ETHIOPIA

  • “What God has planned may not always be the easiest or most comfortable, but trusting Him fully can take you a long way, as well as the people around you.”

    - SARAH, SHORT-TERM TEAM, THAILAND

  • “Prayer is powerful. I learned to trust that God would use me in ways I couldn’t plan for or expect but I had to be prayerful, open, and trusting -- more of Him and less of me.”

    - LYNN, SHORT-TERM TEAM, ETHIOPIA




Camping Ministry Trips

Camping is a critical element of the overall Sports Friends strategy and a natural extension of our existing community-based ministry programs. Deep relationships are formed, the good news of God's love is shared, and campers are impacted for eternity. As these young people enjoy sports, games, crafts, music, good food, warm beds, and lots of love, they encounter God in powerful ways. For many campers, they say that camp is the best week of their lives. As you humbly sacrifice to participate in God's redemptive work, we believe it will be one of the best weeks of your life as well. You do not have to be an athlete to serve at camp. As you help with crafts, lead music, take pictures, or help with team building activities, your primary role is simply to lavish God's love upon these young people.

Estimated trip cost: $1,000 USD + airfare + immunizations


Check out Camp Langano, Ethiopia:

Camp Langano

Check out a camp in Thailand:

Camp in Thailand

We currently have opportunities to serve at camp in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Thailand.

If you are interested in one of these life-changing trips, please email us at
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Vision Trips

Ideal for those interested in partnering or serving with Sports Friends, our vision trips provide a great opportunity for you to see and to actively participate in God's work of transforming lives and strengthening communities through the powerful tool of sports ministry. Sports Friends began serving in Africa in 2002. Since that time, God has worked powerfully through this ministry. Thousands of local sports ministers have been trained; countless young people, their families, and their communities have been transformed by the Gospel; and hundreds of churches have been planted, many in areas previously hostile towards Christianity. Come experience the sights, sounds, smells, and customs of another culture, as you encourage those involved and see the fruits of the Sports Friends ministry.

Estimated trip cost: $1,000 USD + airfare + immunizations
Trip size: 1 to 15 people


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