2017 Short-term Mission Trips
We truly value our relationships with local missions and service organizations here in the heart of Tampa Bay. Many of these organizations rely upon volunteer efforts to flourish and succeed in their ministry efforts. Some, like First Priority Clubs and Mentoring require a consistent weekly commitment; others, like Amazing Love, offer the opportunity to serve whenever and as often as you can.
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay
Somebody Cares seeks to unite the body of Christ in the Tampa Bay area, to build cooperation among ecumenical groups, to take one block at a time for the Kingdom of Christ. SCTB hosts events such as Carefest, an annual volunteer outreach to the needy in the community; Raise the Roof, an annual worship and evangelism event at a major sporting event; activities for underprivileged children; and Back to School, a backpack purchase program that helps churches and schools meet the needs of school-aged children, as well as major feeding ministries.
Cornerstone Campus Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to present college students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ during a very crucial time in their lives, and to establish those students in local churches in the Tampa area, as the Holy Spirit leads.
This local ministry provides hot meals and other basic necessities to the homeless of Ybor City. In addition to volunteer efforts to serve meals, counsel, and pray with the homeless on Monday nights, STF prepares and serves dinner four times a year to over 300 individuals.
SMILES is a mobile dental service provided to churches and local ministries that provides emergency dental and spiritual care to qualifying families. Additionally, it stocks a food pantry to aid marginalized families.
The relatively new local branch of this national organization is enjoying phenomenal success in our local schools, attracting and nurturing teens in their journey toward a relationship with Jesus Christ. The executive director is an STF member, and STF provides training opportunities for this student-led ministry.
Word of Life
Word of Life is a nondenominational Christian organization that gives students and families the chance to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walks. Through high-energy camping ministries, in-depth biblical training, local church ministries, and international missions, Word of Life shares the message of salvation with those who have never heard and helps believers grow in their faith.
Created is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to restoring women involved in the sex industry to an understanding of their value, beauty, and destiny in Jesus Christ. Created seeks to bring light, hope, and transformation to women caught in prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation by offering new life through a relationship with Jesus Christ, a message of identity, a place for belonging and community, and advocacy for the women.
Tampa Bay Baptist Association, Florida Baptist Convention
Through these organizations that we support, STF is provided with technical assistance and opportunities to team with other churches.
New Life Solutions
New Life Solutions is a faith-based, pro-life organization whose providers offer services to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women throughout their pregnancies and through critical points in their lives. New Life Solutions has the only birthing center in the Tampa Bay area staffed by certified nurse-midwives — the first nationally accredited birth center in the state of Florida. STF is proud to host one of the organization’s Walk for Life fund-raisers each year, to help ensure that this ministry continues its vital work.
We have ongoing partnerships with domestic and international missions organizations in Prichard, Alabama; the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. We send missions teams throughout the year, and have team members from age 8 to 78. If you feel called to go on a domestic or international short term mission, please email us by filling out the contact form below.
STF supports a long-standing partner, Pastor Ken Balootje, and his evangelism ministry in the Dominican Republic. Through trips that include preaching, teaching, medical and sports outreach, STF and other local churches provide resources and leverage to an effective Kingdom harvest effort.
As a Baptist missionary who served in China for almost 40 years in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Lottie Moon was an evangelist-teacher who established the foundation for strong missions support among American Baptists. Since 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has raised $1.5 billion for missions. The offering finances half of the entire Southern Baptist missions budget. Through the Lottie Moon offering, STF provides financial support for worldwide missions.
East West Ministries International
East West Ministries partners with other Christian organizations to address the evangelism explosion that is taking place in Cuba. STF participates in two trips annually and supports local pastors on the ground who are bringing the Good News to a spiritually hungry country that has long been closed.
Three Strand Cord
The vision of Three Strand Cord is to help create communities that treasure Jesus Christ, know security, and display the joy and peace that come with a life spent close to the Lord. Three Strand Cord equips communities by setting into motion seven spokes of independence, and partners with growing ministries and short-term missions teams.
International Cooperating Ministry
ICM has built more than 6,000 churches around the world through an outstanding stewardship model. All overhead and expenses of ICM are endowed, and 100% of giving goes to church construction, with locals providing full ownership and ICM providing oversight accountability. In most cases, ICM provides a 100% match to STF donations.
Alabama Youth Mission Trip
The Missions Team provides need-based scholarships to STF students who are experiencing missions in the trenches for the first time. This is a training ground. In addition to pouring into the lives of at-risk young people, many of our own students have life-changing experiences, and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Jeff and April Sukup are STF missionaries who have established collaborative relationships with Christian work and witness teams, leading Bible studies and encouraging local pastors in the African nation of Botswana. They were sent in 2010 and have been building sustainability support. STF, joining with other like-minded missions efforts, will leverage the work they have started.
The PET (Personal Energy Transportation) ministry manufactures hand-cranked wheelchairs built to withstand demanding terrains in many underdeveloped countries. The ministry seeks to restore dignity to individuals who are unable to walk. STF members provide the leadership for this ministry, and with collaboration from many groups, construct and distribute the wheelchairs in many countries.
Kelly Green Global
KGG’s mission teams minister through various venues, including open arenas, schools, refugee centers, military bases, baseball clinics, pastor conferences, women’s leadership training and conferences, medical and dental clinics, and much more. Kelly Green is a former STF missions pastor and is now a strategic partner of South Tampa Fellowship.
God is Grace
God is Grace is a ministry developed by Kelly Green Global that grew out of great concern for women in Third World countries who are caught up in a cycle of poverty. The ministry’s desire is to help the women break the cycle of poverty through their own hard work.