About Us

Our mission is to mobilize, train and send college students to help fulfill the Great Commission among the Unreached of the world.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”


Mark 16:15


Our Investment

College Students


We focus on the strategic window of opportunity in people’s lives during and immediately after their college years.

Unreached People Groups


We make it our aim to see the Good News reach those who have the least access to it.

Partnerships


We are all about relationships! We build long-term partnerships with campus ministries, churches, and overseas field workers.

Prayer


We acknowledge our dependence on the Lord to see the nations reached and seek to fervently pray and be prayer advocates.

Training


The students we work with experience in-depth assessment, training, and personal investment from our staff and volunteers.

Our Training

We use a unique, immersive training process to prepare our teams for common overseas scenarios and team dynamic challenges. We also equip them with the spiritual perspectives they will need to have to thrive during their project and beyond. Watch some highlights below…

Our Partners

We collaborate with the International Mission Board on logistics, strategy and team support, as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission around the world.

We believe in the importance of staying connected to the local church. We partner with River Community Church to mobilize, train and send students to the nations.

Student Project Timeline


  1. 1

    Selection & Team Construction

    Fall Semester

    OneLink staff will work together with church or campus ministry staff to read applications, interview students and build teams.

  2. 2

    Pre-field Training & Logistics

    Spring Semester

    Teams will participate in a series of eight online lessons designed to help them develop cross-cultural ministry skills and work together as a team. OneLink staff with also work with teams to complete trip logistics.

  3. 3

    Team Leader Training

    Feb/March

    All of our teams are sent overseas with designated team leader(s) who will guide the team and serve as a liaison with the overseas host. Prior to deploying, these leaders participate in a three-day weekend training to prepare them for the unique challenges of leading a team in an overseas environment.

  4. 4

    Orientation Week

    May

    Orientation Week is an in-depth, experiential training designed to not only impact the success of the summer but prepare students for a lifetime of fulfilling the Great Commission.

  5. 5

    Field Support

    Summer

    Teams will have an onsite orientation with their field partner. Also, during the summer, team leaders are required to send weekly updates. The OneLink staff are available during a project to help monitor team health and assist in case of emergency.

  6. 6

    Reentry

    Late Summer/Fall

    We provide debriefing materials for the team upon returning to the States. We also work with campus ministry/church staff to help students acclimate back to life in the USA and apply what they have learned during the summer.

Why should your church or campus ministry partner with us?


OneLink International works in partnership with campus ministries and churches to train students to serve effectively overseas.

Worldwide Connections

We have a network of established Field Partners around the world who shepherd and invest in our student teams. Our goal is to connect stateside campus ministries and churches with these overseas hosts to develop a partnership and regular sending location for teams.

Proven Experience

We’ve been sending teams more than 25 years. In that time, we’ve seen the impact team building and preparation can have on the success and safety of a team.

Meaningful Training

OneLink provides a unique training package that includes a semester long prep course, a weekend training for team leaders, a week long cross-cultural simulation training, and re-entry material when the team returns home.

Contact us to get started as a stateside partner.

Frequently Asked Questions


Still have questions? Email us at office@onelinkinternational.org.

What is a OneLink team like?

Teams typically have 4-6 team members and range from 2-8 members. All teams participating in OneLink training have a designated team leader. The majority of teams are peer led. Team leaders are intentionally selected after their application is reviewed by the sending campus ministry or church and the OneLink staff. OneLink training is designed for teams to work alongside and be supervised by either a career missionary or a two-year missionary while overseas.

Can I send to a field partner that my ministry already knows and trusts?

Yes. We encourage long-term partnerships between stateside and field workers. Please share our website with them and connect them with the OneLink office.

How long are OneLink trips?

OneLink trips typically range from 6-8 weeks. We believe that OneLink training is most effective with teams serving for 4-8 weeks (or more). This length of trip allows time for the team to engage the culture, build friendships, and share the good news.

How much does it cost to send a team overseas?

Most projects cost between $4,000 and $6,000 per student, including airfare and training fees.

How much does it cost to partner with OneLink?

OneLink’s training costs are $500 per student (Central Region) and the students pay a commitment fee of $75 when they commit to a team.

How will the team be expected to pay for training and the project?

All team members who go overseas and participate in OneLink training raise their own prayer and financial support. Sending out support letters is the method most team members use, but there are other means used to fundraise as well. Once students are accepted for a team, they will receive some basic resources from our office. We encourage the stateside (sending) partner, to establish additional guides to assist the team in support raising.

Do you have a communication policy?

Yes. We ask each team member to limit their communication to one twenty-minute call or video chat to an immediate family member, once every two weeks.

Do teams send regular updates for supporters and family?

Yes. Teams are asked to send a weekly update to friends, family and supporters. This update is an opportunity for team members to share about life overseas, ministry opportunities and vital prayer requests.

Can I (as a campus leader/director) communicate with the team while they are on the field?

Yes. Team leaders are required to send a weekly leader update to their campus leader and a OneLink staffer. We encourage campus leaders to reply to those emails and call or video chat with the leader if they need it.

What will the team do?

Some teams teach English programs, study a local or national language, conduct a cultural exchange, or work as business interns. We let our partners on the field determine this based on what is best for their long-term strategy.

Where do the teams live?

Most teams live in dorms or international student housing on a university campus. Some teams live in apartments near universities or other locations where they will be doing ministry.

How do you handle risk management?

OneLink International works in conjunction with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to keep everyone safe. We only partner with long-term missionaries who have established or are establishing work in an area. There are also policies the students are required to follow to help ensure their safety. There are always certain risks involved in international travel, but we have taken great strides to mitigate them. We do not knowingly send students into areas where their lives will be threatened. All participants are required to participate in a week-long orientation prior to their departure from the US. During this week they are given the information and training they will need to function safely in the location where they will be serving.