Halbert Center for

Missions and Global Service

Connecting You with God's Mission

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For two decades, the Jo Ann Walling Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service has been connecting students with international and local partners engaged in the mission of God. We work with departments and programs across ACU to help students think creatively about how they can live missionally at every stage of their life. We partner with organizations across Abilene and the globe to create cross-cultural opportunities for service and mutual learning with our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the Kingdom. The Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service complements ACU’s undergraduate and graduate degrees by providing missional opportunities outside the classroom to all ACU students, regardless of major or classification.


For ACU Students to realize our shared purpose in Christ and embrace their role in God’s story


To engage students in experiences that connect them to God’s mission.

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Our Team

Meet the Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service staff
Our Team

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ACU Partners

Learn about our missions partners around the world
Global Partners

Serve Globally

ACU student reading to a boy in Uganda

Wildcat Academics on Missions (WAM)

Wildcat Academics on Missions (WAM) combines students’ academic study with missional living around the globe. Participation in the trip is fully funded by generous donors who believe that “missions” does not need to be separate from an individual’s talents, training, and career.

WAM fully integrates mission and service into academic degree plans. In collaboration with departments across campus, teams work on fully-funded projects with an off-site international ministry that culminates in a three week trip to implement the project. WAM is intended for junior level students, although at times others may participate.

  • Up to 6 hours of credit: 1–3 hours in their major and 3 hours in Bible.
  • Departmental applications are circulated in July each year. Contact us to learn which departments are participating.


Average team size

Six Students
+ Faculty




Fully Funded

(Except Course Fee)

WorldWide Witness (WWW)

WorldWide Witness prepares students for more extended experiences overseas where they work in groups of two or three for a period of 8-10 weeks. WWW offers summer missions internships for students of all majors and classifications. Whichever location you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to work with and be mentored by long-term missionaries and members of the local community using your unique gifts and passions.  Experiences take place in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and across the U.S.

In many cases, WWW experiences can fulfill academic internship requirements.

WWW has sent interns to 40+ countries since 2002 (see participating sites). WWW Coordinators have a set of standards each location must meet and expectations they agree to in order for students to be sent there. We also help students with fundraising for these trips (see Missions FAQs ). If you are interested in a specific location that you do not see in our past trips, please email us at missions@acu.edu to discuss if we can make it work. We are open to developing new partnerships if a desire or history is strong.  If you are a ministry and would like to join with ACU Missions to host WWW interns, please click here.


Average team size

Two Students

 Average Trip Length


 Average fundraising


Global Service Trips

Global Service Trips take place during winter break, spring break, and summer. These short trips are led by staff and faculty with locations ranging from the U.S. to Asia and everywhere in between. Many of these experiences take place in partnership with academic departments and other campus groups.

Teams support long-term efforts of partners around the world.



Ten Students
+ 2 Faculty





Serve Locally

Woman working in a community garden

Local Service Opportunities

Local organizations provide abundant opportunities for students to join God’s mission in Abilene. You can provide care for the vulnerable, combat poverty, seek justice, and contribute to the healing and flourishing of our community through local non-profits and development projects.

Serve in Abilene

Join a Local Church Family

We strongly encourage students to participate in a local church, where you will grow individually while taking part in God’s greater mission. A community of Jesus-followers manifesting life together is the literal fulfillment of the Lord’s prayer: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Academic Degrees in Missions

For those interested in the academic study of missions, the College of Biblical Studies offers a B.A. in Missions and a B.A. in Ministry and Vocation: Vocational Missions. A minor in missions can be integrated with other degree programs as well. Visit the Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry at the button below.

Learn More

Missions Students’ Association

The MSA sponsors events for all students from every major who are interested in God’s mission, including weekly Missions Chapel. For more information on MSA activities, contact msa@acu.edu.

Watch how God is at work

Below are three videos highlighting recent trips that ACU students have participated in while working for the Kingdom across the globe.

Click the images below to watch each video.

Hope Speaks

ACU Speech Pathology

Cambodia Christian Ministries

ACU WorldWide Witness
Londyn Gray (ACU Student)

Misión Para Cristo

ACU Engineering

Your Career on Mission

Female students working

Career as Mission

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Counseling
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sports
  • and More!

medical missions

Types of Service

  • Agricultural Projects
  • Anti-Trafficking
  • Clothing Insecurity
  • Elderly
  • Evangelism
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Prison Ministry
  • Special Needs
  • Technology Projects
  • Youth
  • …and more!