What does God expect of us?

This overlying challenge in Richard Stearns’ The Hole in Our Gospel is the driving force behind the Dispatch Project. The answer is simple: “Share with the Lord’s people, who are in need” (Romans 12:13).

According to Stearns:

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  • As many as five million people die every year—one child every 15 seconds—of water-related illnesses. Yet the cost to bring clean water to one person costs only one dollar per year. (pp. 137-138)
  • About 25,000 people die each day of hunger or related causes—equating to nine million people per year. (p. 135)
  • It takes slightly more than one percent of the income of American Christians to lift the poorest one billion people out of extreme poverty. (p. 216)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead (p. 241)

What Employees Should Know

Who can get involved?

We welcome anyone with a desire to serve the needy in Christ’s name. Some trips may be limited in the number of participants, but we’d love to have you and can make accommodations if the limit is exceeded. We request that you please let us know you’re interested as early as possible.

What do you do on trips?

Our primary goal is to spread the word of Christ to the inhabitants of our destinations—and, if possible, to those we meet along the way.

Other goals include:

  • Create jobs for locals in addition to providing aid
  • Use our resources and manual labor to help with either starting projects or assisting those that have already been started
  • Give as much of ourselves as we can while we’re there and let them know we’re coming back

During downtime you’ll tour the area, get to know the locals, and have some of the best authentic meals you’ll ever experience. Read personal accounts of our past trips!

What will I get out of the experience?

Expect a life-changing experience and lifelong friendships. Spending time in an entirely different environment and serving those in need shifts perspectives to focus on what really matters. Participants make lasting relationships with the ministries they serve, resulting in a desire to return on future service trips.

How much does it cost?

Each trip typically costs $2,000 per person. Travel, lodging, and food are included in the cost, as well as the materials needed for projects. These funds provide the necessary resources and work forces for starting or completing projects that would otherwise go unfinished.

To help cover the costs, ask your employer about becoming a sponsor. Dispatch Project also offers scholarships for which you can apply.

How can I get involved with Dispatch Project?

Ask your employer to participate. Contributions to fund Dispatch-sponsored projects or mission trips are tax-deductible. If you’d like us to meet with your employer to discuss this opportunity, let us know!

If you’d like more information or want to get involved without employer support, just get in touch with us.

What Employers Should Know

What does it take to participate?

There are no stipulations, and contributions made to fund Dispatch-sponsored projects or mission trips are tax-deductible. We only ask that you make an ongoing commitment to help us inspire others to serve. You can support the cause by:

  • Sending your employees
  • Sponsoring employees with finances or additional time off for mission trips, or both
  • Joining our steering team
  • Tackling a mission project
  • Spreading the word

If you’d like to meet with us or get more information, let us know.

How much does it cost?

Each trip typically costs $2,000 per person, and trip lengths range from 5 to 8 days. Included in the cost is everything from travel, lodging, and food to the materials needed for projects. These funds provide the necessary resources and work forces for starting or completing projects that would otherwise go unfinished.

How do I choose employees to participate?

Make it fun! Some ideas include:

  • Hold a contest
  • Ask interested employees to write essays that are judged by a panel
  • Have a fundraiser
  • Ask staff to vote

No matter what you do, we recommend you make it a big deal—this is something to get excited about!

What will I get out of the experience?

There are many benefits for participants. Take it from one of our participating employers:

Meta has sent four individuals, myself included, on short-term service trips through the Dispatch Project. Each of us has returned from our respective trips with remarkable heartfelt stories of changed perspective and personal relationships, and having been blessed far more than providing blessing. But we also came back with a desire to serve more intentionally in our professional and personal contexts. We gained a new camaraderie of shared experience, and each of us returned to our jobs with a greater sense of urgency as well as a desire to make good on our company’s mission, vision, values, and goals.
— Benjamin Arnold, vice president of marketing at Meta Payment Systems

Have more questions?

Contact Carissa Schoffelman
carissa@dispatchproject.org