New York City
Intro & History
Servant Life partners with Urban Nations Outreach (UNO) to send American teams on short term missions experiences to New York City. Urban Nations Outreach 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, UNO oversees 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 UNO by hosting children’s and youth day camps, with the hope of sharing Jesus Christ with Muslim students.
Urban Nations Outreach 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. UNO 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.
Servant Life is excited to partner with Urban Nations Outreach to help reach the Muslim immigrant population of New York City.
What will my team be doing? While you are in New York City, you will participate in many ESL classes helping teach refugees. You'll also work at UNO's ministry center with children's ministry or light construction. During your time on this trip, you'll get to be in ministry to Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. At the end of your trip, you'll have a day to explore New York City on your own.
What does my cost include?
• Transportation while you're in the city
• Housing (sleeping in beds, not on the floor!)
• Some Meals*
• Training Videos
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals
*Breakfast is covered and lunch is provided Monday-Thursday. Most groups in NYC have preferred to do meals on their own for dinner and on their sight-seeing days, so we have reduced our trip cost and allowed teams to do that.
Airfare is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations.
Learn more about the ministry of Urban Nations Outreach by clicking here.
Short-term teams working with internationals in women's ESL classes.
New York City is the most populous city in the United States. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment.
The five boroughs of New York City are: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
The term “melting pot” was first coined to describe densely populated immigrant neighborhoods on the Lower East Side of NYC.
About 36% of New York City’s population is foreign-born and about 170 languages are spoken in the city.
There are more Jews within the city limits of New York City than within the city limits of Jerusalem, and NYC has the second largest Jewish community in the world.
Popular tourist sites in NYC include: The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Wall Street, Chinatown, and Central Park.
Manhattan's skyline with its many skyscrapers is universally recognized, and the city has been home to several of the tallest buildings in the world.
Central Park, an 883 acre park in Manhattan, is the most visited city park in the United States with 25 million visitors each year. The park contains several lakes and ponds, two ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, and the 106-acre Jackie Onasis Reservoir. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center and the historic Carousel.
Albany is the capital city of the state of New York. As it was originally a city of immigrants, the current population of Albany remains very diverse and multi-cultural.
Albany's geographical location (roughly equidistance between New York City to the south and Montreal to the north, as well as Buffalo to the west and Boston to the east), makes it a convenient and typical stop for touring artists and acts. This, along with the many festivals, museums, historic sites, and literature and film history that takes place within the city, makes Albany a likely tourist location for many.
Servant Life makes every effort to keep our teams safe during their entire experience with us. You help us by using traveler’s common sense. Staying in groups, not flaunting or bringing expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics, being aware of your surroundings, and not leaving bags unattended are all encouraged practices.
Take along all prescription medicines needed for your trip in their original prescription container.
Do's and Don'ts
Do be friendly toward Muslims. The Muslim culture places a high value on friendships and time spent visiting with friends.
Do pray for your Muslim friends. Only as God works in their lives will they be open to hearing more about Christ.
Do befriend Muslims who are of the same gender as your own. In Muslim culture, friendships between a man and woman who are not related are rare. Your witness will be more effective with Muslim friends of your own gender.
Don’t attempt to tear down the Muslim religion in your conversations with Muslims. Rather, discuss the basic doctrines of your Christian faith, with an emphasis on salvation through Jesus Christ. Many Muslims enjoy discussing their beliefs and how they differ from other religions.
Official Name: New York, New York
Passport/Visa Requirements: None
Population: 8.4 million
Time Zone: Eastern (EST)
New York uses the U.S. Dollar.
Winters in NYC are cold and wet. The average temperature in January, the area's coldest month, is 32.1 F. Spring and autumn are unpredictable, and can range from chilly to warm, although they are usually pleasantly mild with low humidity. Summers are typically hot and humid with a July average high of 84.2 F and low of 68.8 F. New York City receives 49.7 inches of precipitation annually, which is fairly spread throughout the year. Average winter snowfall is about 28.1 inches, but this usually varies considerably from year to year, and snow cover usually remains little.
New York City has the busiest and largest subway system in the Western Hemisphere. It has 468 stations in operation, most of which are open 24 hours a day. There is also a bus fleet and thousands of taxis. 3 major international airports serve New York City: John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and Laguardia.
Frequently Asked Questions
In 2014, Servant Life will have missions opportunities in Ecuador, South Africa, Ukraine, Uganda, Costa Rica, Northern Uganda, Nicaragua, Haiti, United Kingdom, East Asia, Dominican Republic, Houston and New York City.
Who Can Go
If registering and traveling with their church group, students must be 14 years old or older to participate in a Servant Life missions experience. If registering as an individual participant without an adult, students must be 16 years old or older. Student groups, college groups, adults, and individuals are all welcome on Servant Life mission trips. Teams may be made up of groups and/or individuals.
Servant Life trips are priced at a BASE COST PLUS AIRFARE. The base cost varies per country and can be found by clicking on the link for a trip.
Servant Life will book all airfare through our travel agency. Everyone on your team must travel together. We book group airline tickets and cannot accommodate special requests for different individual flights. Due to commitments to our missionaries to have groups there on set dates, trip dates are not flexible. Once a ticket has been purchased in your name, it must be paid for regardless of circumstances. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Servant Life works with missionary partners in each country. Your team will be helping our missionary partner with various needs, and exact details may vary from trip to trip. Specific details for each missions experience can be found by clicking on the trip's link.
We encourage anyone interested in a Servant Life missions experience to go ahead and apply for a passport. The amount of time it takes to get a passport varies, and we cannot book plane tickets without a copy of each person’s passport. Any costs associated with obtaining a passport are solely your responsibility. You can download a passport application and read instructions on obtaining a passport online at www.travel.state.gov/passport.
Immunizations and any costs related to them are the sole responsibility of the trip participant. All childhood immunizations must be complete (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus). We also HIGHLY advise any immunizations recommended by your physician and/or the CDC for the area of travel. Both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are strongly recommended for all international travel. It is solely the traveler’s responsibility to obtain information on required/recommended travel immunizations and travel precautions for the area. The CDC website is www.cdc.gov and has up-to-date info on immunizations for every country.
Once You Register
Shortly after you register, you will receive an email from the Servant Life team with forms your group needs to fill out. These forms, along with a deposit of $250 per person, are due by November 1, 2013. If you register after November 1, the forms and a deposit of $250 per person are due within 30 days of registering. A registration is not complete until we have received your deposit. Registrations cannot be held beyond 30 days if the deposit has not been received.
Will my child serve alone or as part of a team?
Your child will be part of a Servant Life team, which can be made up of groups and/or individual participants. If your child is registering alone, he or she will join the team at a domestic or international airport, and stay and work with them for the remainder of the trip.
What kind of supervision will my child have?
Servant Life teams are led by our in-country ministry partners. This partner serves as the host and leader for the team from the time they land in-country at the airport until they depart at the end of the mission experience.
How safe are these trips?
Servant Life makes every effort to keep your child safe during their entire experience with us. We visit every location before sending a group, and work with partners in the country who are familiar with the area we will be staying in and working in. We research and plan the safest places for your student to eat, stay, work and play.
Who will the teams work with?
All teams work with established Servant Life ministry partners. These are either missionaries or ministry leaders who have a history of service in the country and programs that fit with the mission of Servant Life. To read more about our ministry partners, click here.
Who do I call in case of emergency while my child is traveling?
All Servant Life participants will be given a list with emergency contact information and numbers. This list includes the contact information for Servant Life, as well as our ministry partner serving on the field with your child. If an emergency arises where you need to reach your child, please contact Servant Life first, and we will work closely with you to reach your child.
Will my child be able to call home and email while on the field?
Access to phone calls and email may be limited, and varies from location to location. As your child's trip approaches, more information will be given on phone and internet availability for that specific trip. In the event of an emergency, Servant Life will contact parents immediately. So remember that no news is good news!
We have a frequent flyer program. Can we use those miles to cover my child's ticket?
Possibly. We cannot guarantee which airline each team will use, as we are watching for competitive pricing and schedules. Please contact Servant Life if you are interested in learning more about using frequent flyer miles on a mission trip.
When should my child apply for a passport?
Your child should apply for a passport immediately after registering for a Servant Life mission trip. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to arrive. Costs related to obtaining a passport are the responsibility of the participant.
Is a visa required for my child's trip?
The only country that Servant Life is currently sending teams to needing visas is Kenya. Visas can be obtained prior to leaving or when arriving in country. Specifics will be provided to team leaders and/or students traveing on their own.
Will my child receive any training?
Servant Life will send a preparation manual filled with detailed information regarding your child's mission trip. Hands-on training will take place with the ministry partner once the team arrives at their destination.
Why should my child go serve over seas when there are so many needs here in the United States?
The first and primary reason we believe in sending teams on international mission trips is that God has commanded His followers to make disciples of ALL nations (Matt 28:19). Knowing that we are commanded to play an active role in global disciple-making, we have found that missionaries and ministries around the world have needs that short-term mission teams can easily and uniquely fill, thus helping to advance the kingdom of God in those countries. We also hope that participating in an international mission trip will leave such an impression on your child's life that they will become supporters of mission work for the rest of their lives, whether through prayer, financial support, church leadership, or even life service.
What is not covered in my child's trip cost?
The only expenses not covered in your child's trip cost are meals in airports on travel days, any souvenirs or snacks that your child may wish to purchase while in country, and any expenses related to obtaining a passport and immunizations.
Are there scholarships available for my child?
Servant Life does not offer scholarships. If needed, we encourage participants to raise support through fundraising efforts such as church partnership and personal support letters.
For information regarding Servant Life's financial guidelines, please Click here.
Servant Life is committed to providing a quality mission experience at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to entertain, but rather to bring the teachings of Scripture to life.
The cost of the mission experience includes in-country costs, such as:
• In-country transportation
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• Sponsoring local students to attend camp
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Visa, if applicable
• Exit tax, if applicable
Costs not covered in base cost of the trip include:
• Immunization Shots
• Personal expenses while traveling and in-country, including meals in airports
• Any additional costs associated with the trip before you arrive and after you leave
Deposits of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due November 1. If you register after November 1, a deposit of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due within 30 days of registration.
Deposits are non-refundable.
Servant Life will secure all airline transportation through our travel agent to insure teams arrive together. Once your group is in place, let us know as soon as possible so we can secure your tickets at the lowest possible rate.
You are responsible for the payment of any purchased tickets. Once a ticket is purchased, payment for that ticket must be in our office within 5 business days.
All tickets must be secured and paid in full 60 days before departure. Payments for airfare must be made via check. We cannot accept credit card payments for airfare purchases.
Summer Missions Payments:
The first payment, which is half of the base cost, is due March 1.
The second payment, which is the balance of the trip cost, is due in the Servant Life office no later than 35 days before departure. If your final balance is not received by 35 days out, a $100 late fee may be applied.
PLEASE NOTE: All checks and money orders must be made out to SERVANT LIFE. Please mail all payments and donations to PO Box 36307, Birmingham, AL 35236.
New York City Trips
|Date||Price (Per Person)|
|Mar 03, 2018 - Mar 09, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 16, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||10||Open||Register|
|Mar 17, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Mar 24, 2018 - Mar 30, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 08, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Jun 09, 2018 - Jun 15, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 06, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jul 07, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Jul 28, 2018 - Aug 03, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|
|Aug 04, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018||$599.00||Refugee Ministy||25||Open||Register|