Dates: July 1-30, 2017
Cost: $1,500 which includes housing and food.
(Excludes travel to Mexico, medical insurance, passport, travel insurance, spending money, etc.).
Location: Door of Faith Orphanage, La Misión, Mexico
This internship program is for Christian young adults (ages 18-30) who desire in-depth ministry and missionary training.
The internship will have four components: Hard Work, Intensive Study, Baja Adventures, and Community Living. Each week will be jam-packed with personal and group devotions, teachings, hands-on ministry challenges, work projects, field trips to other ministries, and mentoring from missionaries in the field.
After an early-morning start with devotions and breakfast, interns will be given assignments at local ministries such as Door of Faith Orphanage, Siloé Medical Clinic, Homes of Faith, etc. in order to support their work on the ground. The DTM Interns as a group will also be given several “ministry challenges” in which hard work, group planning, lots of faith, and creativity will be needed in order to pull off successful initiatives. Our goal is that the interns leave behind lasting results — “fruit that will last” (John 15:16) — for the people of La Misión. This can only be done with interns who have a great attitude, a great work ethic, and are willing to take leaps of faith.
The intensive study begins before the first day of internship. We will send pre-work material for you to complete ahead of time. During your internship you will have time for personal devotions, scripture reading, journaling, debriefing, and listening to our amazing lineup of missionary veterans who will share their stories and insights from life in the field.
Each day will begin in the early morning with devotions, and many evenings will end with small-group debriefs about what happened that day, what you’re hearing from God, and next steps you need to take to grow as a disciple and missionary.
Beach days, recreation days, down-time with kids at the orphanage, and cultural experiences are a few of the Baja Adventures we have planned on your days off for fun and relaxation.
Interns will live in community together, in a house with same-sex peers, either at Door of Faith Orphanage or within walking distance at a ministry called Casa de Maria. Meals will be family-style. After a full day of active ministry, teachings, and debriefs, your head will hit the pillow and you’ll be ready for a full night of sleep!
A Sample Day
7:00-7:30 Morning devotions
8:00-Noon Work assignments, group challenges, etc.
12:30-5:30 Guest speakers, discipleship classes, personal study, field trips
(OR continue work assignments and group challenges)
5:30-6:30 Dinner and discussion
7:30 Small group debrief or evening event
10:00 Lights Out
You will learn from amazing veteran missionaries who will share insights and stories from life on the mission field. We are finalizing this year’s speaker lineup, but last year’s included:
- DJ Schuetze – American Director at Door of Faith Orphanage, La Misión, Mexico. DOFO has grown into one of the largest orphanages in Baja. He now consults with orphanages around the world and also has recently been named President of Strongtower Ministries.
- Gary Mayer – A church planter in London, England, and retired pastor. He now teaches a church planting course at Calvary Chapel Rosarito and recently published his first book “Imitate Paul.”
- Dan Lamm – Director of Evangelism at Grace Church in San Diego and has a Masters degree in Missiology. He has 9 years of experience planning and leading short term missions trips to Northern Thailand.
- Jarilyn Wilson – Was a missionary at DOFO for 7 years, where she helped coordinate hundreds of short term missions trips and ran the housebuilding program. She now works as an Advocacy Supervisor at Voices for Children in San Diego advocating for children in the foster care system.
- Luke Everett – Director of Rancho Sordo Mudo, a free Christian home and school for deaf children in Baja California, Mexico. Sordo Mudo is a place where deaf children from all over Mexico come to learn a language (Mexican Sign Language), get an education, job skills and learn about Jesus.
- Greg Amstutz – Co-founder of Genesis International Orphanage Foundation (Genesis Diez) which puts on summer camps for children from orphanages and Co-founder of Puerta Hermosa Orphanage which cares for severely fragile disabled children along with being an advocate for the medically fragile.
- Dave Hessler – Missionary and Founder of the ministry Life in the Canyon, which serves the poorest of poor families and individuals in the retired trash dump in Tijuana.
- Ernesto Duke – Former Missionary at DOFO, who studied Biblical & Theological Studies at Western Seminary, and Biblical Studies at Eternity Bible College. He is now a teacher and advisor at Eternity Bible College.
- Rick VanCleef – For over thirty years Rick VanCleef has been involved in youth ministry in the US while leading missions teams to developing countries. Rick is the founder and president of ICON Missions, providing support and supplies to pastors in Cuba where he leads evangelistic missions trips.
Application Process and Deadlines
1. Review all the information on this website about the program.
2. Send any questions about the internship program to Heidi Landes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heidi is a long-term volunteer at DOFO who is part of the Door to Missions Internship team.
3. Submit your application by printing and completing the PDF version and send according to instructions at the bottom of the form.
4. Print two copies of the Reference Form and give to your references. Make sure they fill out the form and return it to us ASAP.
5. Once we’ve received your application and the two completed reference forms, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview.
6. After the phone interview, candidates will be notified if they’ve been accepted into the program. NOTE: we only have a limited number of spots available and cannot accept all applicants.
7. After notification of acceptance, send us a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.
8. We’ll send your pre-work packet to you. Please complete all of the pre-work before the internship begins.
9. Pay the remaining balance due of $1,000 by May 31, 2017.
Application deadline: May 15, 2017
Tuition deadline: May 31, 2017