What have mission team members said about taking a mission trip with Adoption Ministry of YWAM?


“I saw Jesus up close and personal in the many faces of the people of Ethiopia, and my life has been changed forever.”


“At each place we served, we made relationships with people we will never forget… the faces of those precious people of God will forever be etched in our memories.”


“The love and hospitality of Ethiopia’s people was very humbling to me. I didn’t expect the strong faith of so many of the people I met there. They are full of joy, trusting every day that God will provide for them and serving Him in some extremely difficult circumstances.”


“I am not an adventurous person so this was a big deal for me to travel to parts unknown with people I had never met, but God wove our team together and I still keep in touch with several team members.”


“I want to encourage you not to wait as long as I did to say ‘yes’ to God… I can tell you that there is nothing in the world like cooperating with God and taking a step of faith.”


These trips can be life-changing, never-to-be-forgotten experiences that God can use to forever shape your world view.  Our teams serve widows, children and families in some of the poorest communities in Ethiopia, doing service projects, child evangelism, women-to-women ministry and delivering humanitarian aid.

The 2013 calendar for mission trips to Ethiopia with Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia is already filling up but there are still open spots to either join an existing team or to bring a team from your church or small group. Consider a trip in the spring or fall as the weather in Ethiopia is much better for traveling (our summer is the rainy season in Ethiopia).

In order to successfully plan a mission trip, you’ll need to begin preparing NOW! Nine months is a minimum prep time in order to raise funds and prepare a team to serve. If you start now, you can set monthly goals for fund-raising, which will alleviate a lot of stress closer to the dates your funds are due. Below is our mission team payment schedule to help as you plan.  Total cost varies depending on the trip but you can plan on about $3000.

Payment Schedule

Date Due

Amount Due

Non-refundable appl fee
 With application
$   100.00
First payment
 5 months prior to trip
Second payment
 3 months prior to trip
Third payment
 2 months prior to trip
One-half remaining balance
Final payment
 1 month prior to trip
Remaining balance

*1st and 2nd payment is to purchase airline tickets and secure in-country services
Here are a few suggestions as you plan a mission trip:

  • begin now saving money monthly, setting up specific dollar amt goals
  • start a Facebook group for your team – that can be a place to post information, share prayer requests and stay in touch
  • read everything you can about Ethiopia – its people, history and current events

    Suggested reading:
    There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Faye Greene
    The Hospital By The River by Catherine Hamlin (book and dvd)
    Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis
    Spiritual Warfare by Dean Sherman (purchased through YWAM publishing)

*Be sure to go to the Missions page on our website and also read some of our most frequently asked questions.