Short Term Missions

Come and serve at Iris Alice Springs and watch what God does through you as a short-term visitor.

A short-term missions trip to Iris Alice Springs provides you with a two- or three-week opportunity to minister to Jesus by:

  • Holding a baby
  • Hugging a child
  • Helping sort and distribute donated clothing and blankets
  • Helping serve community meals
  • Cleaning property and toilets
  • Washing dishes
  • Picking up trash
  • Or serving in some other practical way


Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) To have a great experience during your two- or three-week Iris Alice Springs visit, please come with the following mindset:

  • Plan on being as self-reliant as possible
  • We presently have very limited accommodation options, so be willing to organise and budget for accommodation nearby.
  • Don’t expect the full attention of any missionary, Iris Alice Springs staff member or translator
  • Be ready to take on the most menial task for the good of the base
  • Look forward to taking initiative and searching for ways to love, work, and serve each day


We are always amazed at what God does through our short-term visitors. A father or mother’s hug imparts adoption. A carpenter’s skill provides covering. A young adult’s strength releases encouragement. The Body is built up, the hungry are fed, the lonely are filled, the Kingdom is expressed, God is glorified, and thankfulness and joy abound.

Please contact us with your questions about short-term missions at Iris Alice Springs.

Important Note: Because we are serving in high need environments and unpredictable conditions, Iris Alice Springs cannot and does not guarantee your safety, health or comfort. You will be joining us in trusting God as provider and protector.

Basic requirements for short-term volunteers

  • Must have an intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Must be at least 18 years old – unless traveling with a parent or team
  • Persons under 18 will be considered on an individual basis with additional permission required including accompaniment by a guardian – families are welcome if parental oversight is provided for children
  • Must plan to visit on a short-term basis which is not more than three weeks
  • If a not an Australian permanent resident or Citizen, you must have Emergency medical/travel insurance that covers travel to Australia
  • Agreement to submit to the leadership of Iris Alice Springs and the Visitor Guidelines
  • Completion and acceptance of Visitor Application
  • We will review your application, pray about how God may plan to use you here, and send you a formal invitation.
  • Please wait to make final plans to visit Iris Alice Springs until your application has been approved and you have received an invitation from us.