Step Teams

Step provides a practical, short introduction to mission in another culture, working as part of a team alongside a local church community.

Although Step teams go to give, they often say that they receive just as much – if not more – in return. For a few weeks, or a few months, they learn to depend on God in new ways and see him at work in their lives and the lives of others.

Decoratingoldfolksh.jpgHere are a few examples of the sort of things Step teams do:

  • A church team from the north of England went to decorate an old folk’s home in Bolivia:
'The memories, the love of the Bolivian Christians towards us, and the satisfaction of completing the work will remain with us forever.'
  • For three years running, teams from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland worked a longside Peruvian students to build a community centre in a poor area of Lima:


'Twenty families live off what they can find from the nearby rubbish dump in the midst of the dust, the filth and a total sense of disorder. But the Peruvian Christian student association, AGEUP, is committed to working with this community.'

It has taken a long time for its members to put their trust in anybody.

God is using both Peruvian and Irish young people to bring hope.


‘Thank God that short term mission is not just about the short term! Even though the Irish university Step Teams are not with these people for long, and our friends from AGEUP don’t live in San Martín, God is using both Peruvian and Irish young people to bring hope to this apparently hopeless community.'

Ruth Turner, Latin Link’s Short Term Mission Co-ordinator in Peru

  • Carolina from Colombia joined a team of young people from Britain and Ireland to help complete a church building project in Bolivia.
  • A team of Swiss and German young people went to Argentina to help a church project provide meals for hungry children.
  • A Cuban team came to share their lives with churches in Northern Ireland.
‘Sharing the experience with people so different from myself helped me to grow lots. I came back different – more motivated – I’ve been able to do things I hadn’t even imagined.’

Carolina from Colombia

Feedingahundredkids-320.jpgWhile working on their project, Step Teams enter into the life and evangelism of the local church, bringing their own, unique contribution – music, drama, or putting on special events! Step happens each year, and we welcome applications from individuals age 17 or over, ready-made teams of family or church members, and college or university teams. Whatever the make up of your team, each member will have a different role eg, treasurer, children’s work co-ordinator, domestic co-ordinator, report writer, and you will organise your own team devotions.

To find out more about Step from where you live, go to your national site or contact us.

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Put together your own Step team from your church or CU