PackYourBags is a ministry of Trinity Bible College & Graduate School specifically designed for high school graduates willing to dedicate one year to seek God and serve others. It can be especially useful for students who do not have a clear direction for the next step in their lives. PYB positions students to hear God’s voice through seeking, learning, and serving. Students take classes on life skills, identity in Christ, Biblical foundations, and ministry training.
They travel around America and the globe ministering to people from diverse walks of life, loving on children, and serving in practical ways. All the while going on exciting adventure outings such as a high ropes course, hiking, kayaking, riding a camel, camping in the Israeli desert, and even an African safari.
52 PackYourBags students have experienced this beautiful country. Year after year God is faithful to change hearts and lives while we are here. There is such a hunger and thirst for the Gospel in this country. The campus of Africa School of Missions is our home base for a majority of the trip. From there, we partner with local groups and ministries to reach the surrounding communities. There is a great need for youth and children's ministry. We have the unique opportunity to share the Gospel in schools, churches, youth groups, communities, and homes. We are eager to respond to the need in practical ways and to show God's love to this generation.
After experiencing the beauty of Africa, take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land of Israel! Walk in the footsteps of Christ and experience the sites of the Bible - the Galilee region, the Negev Desert, Nazareth, and Jerusalem. Raft the Jordan River, sleep in the desert, ride camels, walk the Via Dolorosa, enjoy a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, collect seashells from the Mediterranean Sea, enjoy local food, and so so much more! Watch the Bible come alive!
Native American Reservation, usa
Immerse yourself into a different world within your own country! Travel to a Native American Reservation in the Midwest region. We partner with organizations that have established ministries in these communities. Be exposed to the Spirit of God moving on these reservations and see how compassion ministry can impact people for the Kingdom. Focusing on unity and servanthood to break down the cross-cultural barriers, we rely on the power of God to restore relationships.
Inner City, USA
Some of the greatest need can be found in the inner cities. There is vast secularism, diverse religions, poverty, and rampant drug and sex trafficking. In contrast, you will also find stunning skyscrapers, the hustle of city life, and urban culture. Among all this, there are ministries standing strong and obedient to God's Word and mission. We work alongside these ministries, serving in practical ways - street evangelism, door-to-door ministry, children's ministry, feeding programs, ministry to Muslims, and more.
EDUCATION & TRAINING //
Students are enrolled in online courses and on-campus courses. They obtain 24 credits upon successful completion of this program. Group sessions highlight and discuss course material, as well as provide opportunities to apply learning. The daily on-campus courses follow an interactive style of learning through direct instruction, videos, sharing, and discussion. These courses cover a range of topics, such as Old Testament and New Testament history and literature, world missions, evangelism, hearing God’s voice, developing an intimate relationship with God, life skills, Biblical foundations, personal finances, history and culture of South Africa, and more.
OUR MISSION //
Our mission is Christian Preparation. We desire to prepare students for life whether they choose to pursue a college education or join the workforce. This preparation includes Biblical Learning, Life Skills, Missions, and Career Counseling. We accomplish this and more through an incredible adventure.
CORE VALUES //
- The Kingdom of God — Kingdom culture infiltrating the nations of this world
- Spiritual Mentoring — Raising up the next generation through relationship
- Real Relationships — Entering into relationships where we can be real, vulnerable, and encourage one another to grow closer to God and walk out our identity and destiny in Christ
- Personal Discipline — developing self-control in exercise, diet, and spiritual walk
- Career Mentoring — Identifying student’s gifts and where they can be best applied
- Hands-On Ministry Training — learning to evangelize and minister to others
- Spiritual Gifts — discovering spiritual gifts and how to move in them
- Marketplace Ministry — Raising up people of character and honor to effectively influence the marketplace (business, education, entertainment, etc.)