5 Objectives of Mission Institutes

The Institute curriculum is focused on five objectives. We strive to equip missionaries to:

At each Institute, missionaries are introduced to a variety of resources, tools and activities that develop skills and attitudes. These are designed to foster a lifelong journey of ongoing growth. Participants also have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships and support networks with other missionaries from around the world.

Mission Institute for Missionary Kids (MKs)

Age-appropriate mission orientation classes for Missionary Kids (MKs) are held concurrently with the adult Mission Institute program and prepare youth for the cross-cultural experience they will face. 

These classes provide the education and support needed for healthy missionary family adjustment. Some of the topics in the curriculum include transition, expectations, making new friends, living and thriving in another culture, how to fit in, dealing with conflict, and saying proper goodbyes.

Participants 18 years and older attending Mission Institute are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is based on the following statement from GC Health Ministries:
Covid-19 with all its variants is by no means over. There is increasing population immunity and thankfully we are seeing less crises than  in the early days of the pandemic. We are therefore recommending that COVID-19 vaccination remain a requirement for adult attendance. The exception would be for unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID within 6 months of the IWM meetings, and can provide affidavit/certification of same. Otherwise, proof of vaccination would be needed. 


Mission Institutes


April 15 – May 4 – Istanbul, Türkiye

July 8 – July 27 – Chiang Mai, Thailand


January 27 – February 15 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

April 14 – May 3 – Istanbul, Türkiye

June 9 – June 28 – Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, USA

August 18 – September 6 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Reentry Retreats


June 10 – June 15 –  “Hello America” (Family and Teen) Andrews University, Michigan, USA

Sept 9 – Sept 14 – for SAD/IAD based ISEs – Brazil, South America


July 21 – July 27 –  “Hello America” (Family and Teen) Andrews University, Michigan, USA

If you would like to learn more about mission Institute or Reentry Retreats, contact us here.