team-250x163by Sonja Bassett and Angela Loudon

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Summer Team Evangelism Partnership (STEP) is the fulfillment of an idea that senior missionaries, Richard Yarrall (commended from New Zealand) and John Duckhorn (former CMML missionary) first dreamed about in 2004. They and their families had served together as missionaries in Colombia where they saw God do an incredible work transforming many lives.Throughout their years of ministry experience they witnessed God's love, grace, and faithful provision of all their needs. They could see how God might use a program like STEP to give young people a glimpse into the life they love as full-time workers for the Lord, perhaps even inspiring some of them to commit their lives in service, whether in the US or overseas.

The Purpose
Richard and John created the STEP program with a twofold purpose: to expose participants to the needs and ministry opportunities available among the immigrant population within the US borders, while at the same time training and teaching them topics such as cross-cultural ministry, evangelism, and discipleship. The program includes a wide variety of teachers, interviews with local immigrants, field trips into the "melting pot" of Los Angeles, and opportunities to serve and reach out in underprivileged and overlooked communities.

 The Team Members
The Lord has brought a variety of participants to join the program every year, and every time each participant is encouraged by how God used them, and goes home with a broader vision for how they might be useful in His work. The participants ranged from new believers to those mature in their faith. Despite these differences, we see the Lord unite and use the most unlikely team situations! We asked a few members of the STEP 2012 team what stood out to them about their experience. Laura responded, “That’s hard because everything was great! I loved the outreaches and getting to know the kids. I loved the cultural experiences at the mosque and in downtown Los Angeles; it was really neat to find so much reception to our witnessing there.”

Kevin replied, “I had only been saved for 10 months when I joined STEP. I really wanted to spread the Gospel to children and learn cool ways to accomplish it. Going to STEP really showed me new ways to spread God’s Word. Some of the best moments at STEP were the fellowship—it truly felt like we were all a family! And, an amazing was to see the mother of some of the kids get saved!"

The Program
STEP began in 2006 and, for the first five years, the program's primary focus was on Latin-American ministry. However, in 2012 we decided to broaden the focus to the whole world. Initially we were not sure who God would bring as teachers and presenters, but in the end we were amazed at just how many corners of the world were represented: Nepal, the Philippines, Guatemala, Malaysia, Bolivia, Indonesia, Colombia and Mexico.

The STEP program is two weeks long.Generally the first several days are focused on training and preparation, followed by at least one full week of daily outreaches in the greater Los Angeles area. Practical training classes include how to lead a children's small group and use a sketchboard to give a Bible lesson. There are also Bible studies and one-on-one discipleship times. During mission presentations, people from other countries share about their culture and lifestyle.The team also participates in cultural-exposure field trips. One of the coolest things about STEP is that you don't need a passport, a visa, or a few thousand dollars to participate.


Visit for more information and to print an application.

STEP is for Christians 18 years and older.

Participation in the STEP program is not guaranteed; each applicant will be individually considered.

Contact Jeremy and Sonja Bassett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or use the website contact form.

 lodoun-198x250 Angela and William Loudon have helped lead STEP since its beginning and were commended in 2008 to the Lord's work in Colombia by Westminster Bible Chapel in Westminster, California.
 bassett-197x250 Sonja and Jeremy Bassett help lead STEP and, Lord willing, plan to serve the Lord full-time in Burundi beginning in 2014.


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