Travel, learn, and serve on a cross-cultural team in Africa, Latin America or the Middle East. Grow in discipleship and team skills during home stays in your host community. Live beyond your zip code, and move beyond your comfort zone.

Ask the Lord of the harvest

to send out workers into His harvest field

Matthew 9:38



Since 1968, International Discipleship and Evangelization Associates (IDEA) has engaged more than 3,750 persons from 58 denominations in cross-cultural projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IDEA continues to promote missions and recruit workers, helping them to find their place in the mission of Christ’s church, in the spirit of Matthew 9:37-38 — “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field.”

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Dick L. Van Halsema, IDEA continues its effective work under the leadership of Clark G. Van Halsema.

IDEA Ministries is a registered United States 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions.  [Federal Tax ID #38-2597816]


what you have heard from me

to those who will be qualified

to teach others.

2 Timothy 2:2



Service               Travel               Training

Every man shall give as he is able

according to the blessing of the LORD your God

 which he has given you.

Deuteronomy 16:17


Since its founding as an independent organization in 1968, IDEA Ministries has been fully dependent upon voluntary gifts from individuals, couples, families, some family foundations, churches and IDEA program alumni.

Our set-up includes a modest “Operating Fund” (for ministry vision and continuity) and a “Programs Fund” which allows 100% of gifts for projects to reach the project itself. If you’ve listened during the safety instructions at the beginning of a flight, they say “if cabin pressure changes, oxygen masks will drop from the panel over your head. Secure your own mask first, before helping others.” Our “Operating Fund” is like “securing our own mask first,” and our “Programs Fund” is devoted 100% to “helping others.”

We continue to move forward in faith, humbly thankful that God has sustained us for almost 50 years. Perhaps you will be among the next generation of kingdom-hearted mission-minded donors who will partner with us.

Follow Your Calling

contact IDEA Ministries to learn more


IDEA Ministries

PO Box 888651

Grand Rapids, MI  49588-8651

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