Dawn Treading is a cross-cultural short-term holistic development program designed to help the individual to understand better how God has created them as well as how He has called them. By voyaging into a better understanding of self, we are better equipped for the outward journey of loving God and others in service and ministry.

We are challenged to continue to discover and rediscover who God has made us to be and how to love and serve others in light of His design of us. The beginning of that voyage can be challenging: not only does the future often lack clarity, but there is also the difficulty of understanding who we are. But for those of us who, in faith, courageously tread the edges of the deep, we are rewarded as the Scriptures promise us of dawning illumination, first by Christ (John 1:9) and then by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).

Dawn Treading isn’t about you going on this voyage alone. It’s about you going on this voyage with others on that same voyage: with us. The hope for Dawn Treading isn’t just that it brings people in to closer intimacy with God, but that it also provides a clear indicator of how people ought to be serving in His kingdom.


Dawn Treading has two primary goals. It seeks to:

  • Guide the individual into greater intimacy with Christ so that they would know themselves better and understand clearly God’s calling in their lives.
  • Expose the individual to what God is doing globally and cultivate a deep and genuine love for those around the world with the Gospel.

Dawn Treading facilitates personal discovery and growth through service as a member of a church planting team. The individual will be a language student at a local university and will engage with locals in cross-cultural interaction for the purposes of life-on-life sharing. They will be mentored and coached by long-term team members as they explore more deeply their own gifts, talents, and skills. There will be multiple opportunities to interact with a number of different cross-cultural workers who specialize across different disciplines.


Start and end dates are determined on a case-by-case basis. The minimum is a one semester stay but longer programs are encouraged.


$3000 one-time costs (tickets, vaccinations, visa, etc)


East Asia


Is this a mission trip?

This is not a missions trip in the traditional sense. Most mission trips emphasize some form of service, helping to give a much needed resource to those in need: English camps give education, digging wells give water, etc. Where we live in the world, there are very few opportunities to serve for those who are not willing to invest in the language and culture; you can’t serve people that you can’t communicate with. Frankly, what people really need isn’t education and isn’t water. They need God’s love. They need God’s love through you. The thing we need most is people who are willing to invest a significant portion of their lives to live amongst people who haven’t heard Him. And the first step to that is to understand how God has designed you for service.

What if I’m not called to serve cross-culturally?

Many are not; they don’t have the prerequisite gifting, talent or skills. Yet, while not everyone is called to go out into the world, everybody is called to care and pray for the world. Dawn Treading seeks to cultivate, within you, a broader sense of your own calling, just in a cross-cultural context.

If the emphasis isn’t missions, then why not do this locally?

Living in a cross-cultural environment has an uncanny way of stripping away all the masks that we can hide behind in our home culture. Not knowing the language or the culture reduces your ability to handle things yourself. Instead we’re confronted with who we truly are and we’re challenged to rely on God to change those things. It’s not impossible to learn these things at home, but there is something amazing about how God uses the challenge of living cross-culturally to bring us in deeper knowledge of Him and ourselves.

Are there any basic requirements?

All candidates will be screened to ensure a good fit. In addition to the application process, we will require a letter of recommendation from the faith community that they attend.

If this isn’t a missions trip, do I have to raise support?

Typically, we will encourage people to raise at least half. The participant has the option be fully supported, or pay for the other portion themselves.. An essential aspect of the Christian life is community. It is vital that you are in community and have the support of a community as you come out here; support-raising builds that community. Support-raising can be challenging but it is worth it because of the vested interest it creates that results in prayer and accountability.

Can I come for less than a semester?

Cross-cultural exposure is an important aspect of the program; less than a semester would not give you sufficient time to benefit from it.


Because we serve in a sensitive part of the world, email is the best way to reach us. If you have any questions or comments, write us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! 💌