Global Encounters


"Mission trips expand our worldview and deepen our understanding of who God is. We get to see ourselves in ministry and recognize that we can be used by God." – Brian Trainer, Director of the College of Bible and Church Ministries

The objective of Global Encounters is to strategically mobilize the faculty and students of Maranatha into needy regions around the world for the purpose of local church development.

Every Maranatha student is encouraged to consider taking a mission trip with Global Encounters. “Of our 2014 residential graduating seniors, over one-third traveled with Global Encounters during their undergraduate years,” Trainer points out. “There is not another institution with this level of student missions implementation.”

Participating students are required to raise their own support for each trip, allowing donors to connect with Maranatha in a unique way. Currently, over 6,000 donors have given over 1.25 million dollars toward student mission trips. Ultimately, these funds help students partake in mission trips that mold and enhance their view of ministry, missions, and the local church.

Mr. Trainer invites students to speak with him about next year's mission trips. Please return to this page at a later date for 2015 mission trip details.