About Touch the World

Mission Principles

Mission is a Lifestyle

Training is Essential

Partnership Matters

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God is Already There

Poverty is Brokenness

Do With, Not For

Empathy in Culture

Ask Before Assuming

How We Define Mission & Missionary

Mission

Sentness; both the identity and action of the redeemed to make God’s glory known

 

For no other reason than the love God has for His image-bearing creation, we are sent as God’s ambassadors to proclaim the truth and good news of God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ, available to all who believe.

Missionary

A redeemed disciple of Jesus, who embraces their identity as a “sent one from God” and lives out their God-given mission of reconciliation and restoration in whatever location or circumstance they find themselves.

What We Do

Touch the World creates opportunities for youth to encounter God and engage their faith through missions.  These programs are how we accomplish our mission to equip youth to live on mission every day and everywhere.

Mission Trips

Touch the World arranges some of the best mission trips available.  This is because they are approached holistically in their design to ensure that the trip becomes a catalyst towards a lifestyle of mission and not just a one-time experience.  We set up the trip from A to Z in coordination with the group leader and connect you with hosts that are doing some incredible, meaningful work. You will make a difference and your life will be transformed!

Mission Training

Training is the core piece of what we do.  Without training, the whole trip becomes unhinged as flawed perspectives can creep in unintentionally.  We train relentlessly through our 1 or 3 day training that is tailored to prepare you with the skills necessary to serve effectively.  While you bond with your team, you will learn cultural intelligence, God’s story, how your story fits into God’s story, Biblical views of poverty and so much more.

The Missions Academy

Pre-Trip and Post-Trip training are essential components for a truly transformative missions experience.  The Missions Academy makes TTW’s training curriculum accessible to anyone, anywhere. Each course is broken up into short modules that can be done individually or completed prior to team meetings to be facilitated by a Team Leader utilizing corresponding Facilitation Guides.  

Youth Conference

RISE is a youth conference focused on creating passion and excitement for youth to engage the kingdom of God and step into their sentness that God has called them to.  Through amazing worship, speakers, community and action steps, they are challenged to live for God in everything they do.

Our Story

Touch The World was birthed by a desire to move youth from apathy to energy in their faith and short-term missions trips became the primary vehicle to see that happen.  What started in 1991 with a single trip from one church youth group to an Indian reservation in Canada, grew into an expanding ministry resourcing churches in northern New Jersey to impact their youth while making an impact in communities around the world.  

Since the short-term missions boom in the late 90’s, training students before they went out to serve has always been part of our DNA.  Today that desire to train has only grown and has become our primary focus as a short-term missions youth sending agency. Learning from the past 25 years plus of experience, our desire is to equip teams to embrace cultural sensitivity, follow best practices in poverty alleviation, and enthusiastically support long-term missionaries through their short-term missions experiences.  We recognize that not all short-term missions trips are created equal, and we are in relentless pursuit of creating a missions program that goes above and beyond to bring about the most life-transformation in each participant and in each community we serve alongside.

TTW Staff Family

Tim Dedrick

Tim Dedrick

Missions Director

Mary Degelman

Mary Degelman

Finance Coordinator

Samantha Kachler

Samantha Kachler

Administrative Assistant & Office Coordinator

Andrea Kroeze

Andrea Kroeze

Training & Curriculum Coordinator School Mission Education Program

Jesse Kroeze

Jesse Kroeze

Executive Director

Evonne Malnati

Evonne Malnati

Development & Events Coordinator

Chantelle Pazmiño

Chantelle Pazmiño

Host Connections & Staff Care/HR

Deb Sheagley

Deb Sheagley

Cuba Ministries Director & The Missions Center Coordinator

Randy Sheagley

Randy Sheagley

Internships & Recruitment & The Missions Center Coordinator

Alicia Sims

Alicia Sims

Marketing & Media Coordinator