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New york City

Trip Information


New York City (Jackson Heights suburb of Queens)


Typically Saturday to Friday.

Year round; spring break; fall break; and summer.


Max group size of 25.

Min. group size of 8.


$579 plus airfare (cost details)


ESL teaching at refugee centers, children's ministry

Servant Life partners in New York City to send American teams on short term missions experiences. Our mission partner there is an outreach ministry to unreached immigrant people groups in New York. Most of the people ministered to come from closed countries where missionaries and evangelism are not allowed. Presently, they oversee two evangelistic ministry centers: one geared toward Muslims from West Africa, and one which focuses on Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs of South Asia. Servant Life teams will serve with this partner by hosting children’s and youth day camps, with the hope of sharing Jesus Christ with Muslim students.

Our NYC mission partner focuses on meeting the spiritual, physical, and social needs of the Muslims in their target neighborhoods. At the two ministry centers, they have many classes and services. Their missionaries lead ESL & citizenship classes, computer classes, youth and teen programs. They also host other special events in the summer and around holidays, which serve as platforms for evangelistic presentations. The next stage of their ministry involves starting small Bible study groups, individual discipleship sessions and, eventually, church plants among the Muslim converts in New York.

What will my team be doing? 

 While you are in New York City, one of your primary ministry opportunities will be serving in their ministry centers to teach ESL to refugees. You'll also engage in children's ministry or possibly park outreach in these ethnically diverse communities. During your time on this trip, you might have the opportunity to minister to Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs from different countries around the world, people coming from places like South Asia and West Africa. Enjoy a free day on your trip where you can also explore the city.

What does a general weekly schedule look like?

  • Saturday. Travel day. Arrive and get settled in. Orientation for the week ahead.

  • Sunday. Free day. Worship at local church, sightseeing, etc. 

  • Monday - Thursday. Ministry days: ESL classes, Bible clubs, park outreach, kids ministry, etc. One afternoon includes a tour of a foreign house of worship (such as mosque, temple, etc.)

  • Friday. Travel home. (Note: For around $55 per person, you can stay an additional day to have another day of sightseeing.)

What does my cost include?

  • Transportation in NYC. From the moment you land at the airport (LGA) until the moment you leave, we will help you get everywhere during the week. Your trip cost includes a weekly metro pass which will be our primary means of transportation. Teams choosing to fly into JFK will have to pay an extra $20 per person to cover the cost of train tickets from JFK to your place of lodging.

  • Housing. Your team will sleep in bunk bed style accommodations with access to hot showers and bathrooms.

  • Meals.* Breakfast is included every morning, and lunch is included on ministry days (Monday - Thursday), but you are responsible for your dinners and lunch the other days. Our ministry team can recommend some great local options.

  • T-Shirt. Every participant gets an awesome mission trip t-shirt.

  • Pre-Trip Training Material. We provide training sessions, trip overview documents, assistance from our team of mission trip experts, and communication with in-country missionaries to make sure your group is fully prepared for your trip.

  • Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals. This 4-week printed missions journal will help every team member grow and encounter Christ.

Airfare is not included in the trip cost, but will be taken care of by Servant Life's travel agent who gets humanitarian rates and often free baggage. You may book on your own if you prefer to do so, but we ask to approve the itinerary first.

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