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Youth Missions International is dedicated to improving your mission trip experience. We train groups and individuals to do mission differently while empowering young Christian leaders who love to share Jesus.


Stories from the mission field. Check here to see what God is doing in and through young people as they lead in ministry. 


Mission Needlessly?

Levi Marti

Mission Needlessly: 'miSHən/ ˈnIDləsli (v): Is there an actual ministry need your team can fill where you are going? Does it matter? God called you there, after all, and you have developed a really good program to share with all those people who don't know Jesus. The missionary and churches you serve will be grateful and adopt your program and techniques to use when you leave. 

There are many ways to mission. 

Some ways are helpful, some are harmful. We Mission Differently - how will you mission?


You could choose to Mission Needlessly. This mission is needless because you’re not truly listening to the needs of the host missionary, and it's harmful since you have everything to give and nothing to learn. The people you find on your trip only exist as People To Be Ministered To and the missionary host is consigned to the role of Taxi Driver and Translator, because you obviously know the best way to mission.

“Being here, and not just the days that we were actively and definitively doing ministry, changed my perspective on doing missions…I had to adjust my ideas of the short term mission that I was doing, and join Richie Shilliday's long term mission here. So honestly, this experience taught me that even our goals and expectations can be initially off the part is not to be busy about all the time, but to enter into the life of the Shillidays and these local churches.” ~ Lauren, Northern Ireland

When you Mission Differently, you form a partnership with the indigenous missionary to meet actual needs, complementing their long-term vision with your short-term mission. We take the time to develop meaningful relationships with our missionary partners - listening, asking questions, visiting the ministry locations - so that you mission well. 

Join us as we Mission Differently

Explore Team Program

Get involved! Travel to South Africa next summer where you'll work alongside the Awana program National Director to help churches engage their communities through children's outreach and relational ministry. Click here to learn more and to sign up! 

MAP Young Adult Program

Work alongside missionaries in Portugal as they reach out to children and youth in a camp-setting. You'll help camp staff in the daily operation of the camp and also mentor campers in conversational English while sharing Jesus with them. Click here to learn more and to sign up!

GO Group Program

Travel with your group to South Korea, where you'll teach English and share the love of Jesus with kids in partnership with Awana Korea. You'll join churches as they reach more kids in their community while gaining experience in ESL ministry. Click here to learn more and to sign up!