What are Joshua Missions Trips?

While classroom instruction offers many obvious benefits, most of the fundamental aspects of practical wisdom cannot be as effectively taught, as they can be caught. With this truth in mind, the Joshua Wilderness Institute embarks on monthly application trips where students catch an active passion for simple service, hard work, compassion, evangelism, and sacrifice from experts in the field who embody these techniques.

Whether doing vocational ministry in the Dominican Republic, sharing the gospel with strangers on the streets of Hollywood, or working with deaf children in Mexico each trip provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in classes. True Biblical discipleship moves beyond the concept stage. The mission of Joshua moves from theory to practice as students experience service, culture, and the very place the Bible was written about.

Hartland Camp

We travel just across the ridge to Hartland Christian Camp to teach the importance to helping those within our community. This trip gives our students the opportunity to serve through a variety of work projects throughout the week. Students learn servant leadership while interacting with the staff and are exposed to a philosophy of a camp different from Hume Lake.

Dominican Republic

Our second international trip is in partnership with Students International in the Dominican Republic. We love the ministry of S.I. and are honored to partner with them in their mission, which is:

  1. Enabling outreach participants and the poor to discover how God can use them in their occupation.
  2. Providing outreach participants and the poor the opportunity to be a part of ongoing ministry and not just a short outreach where follow up is difficult.
  3. Helping outreach participants and the poor understand the value of building personal relationships in sharing the Gospel.

This trip will give students the opportunity to put into practice the spiritual gifts that we’ve identified and worked on throughout the year.


Each November, we travel south of the border to take our students to serve in an orphanage in Mexico. Throughout the week, we assist in a variety of work projects, hang out with their students, and learn about the Mexican culture. This trip is a great introduction to international missions.

Los Angeles

While in Los Angeles, our students participate in a week of urban ministry. We work at homeless shelters, minister to people in the inner city, and learn more about various ethnic cultures in the surrounding area. Students also have the opportunity to share their faith in different locations, as we put into practice the evangelism skills they’ve been learning throughout the year.


In the spring we make our way to Israel for two weeks to walk in the footsteps of Christ. We spend the year studying the Bible and finish the Joshua year being able to experience it firsthand with this once in a lifetime trip. If you would like to help offset the overall cost of this trip, please contact joshuainfo@hume.org for more information.

We will be led by an experienced team from GTI Tours.

Here’s a taste of what to expect from one of our past trips to Israel.