Dawna Johnson


Karen Hagan


Dawna Johnson

Rwanda Challenge – 2019/2020


  • Transformation in Discipleship: Translating & printing discipleship  material into the heart language of the Rwandan people.
  • Hosting a Women’s Leadership Conference for Rwanda in March 2020. (See right side of page for more details.)


  • Needed: 200 churches or individuals to give $700 for a total of $140,000 for the completion of the Rwanda Project.
    • Donate online (Use one of the “Designate” options, and make a note that this gift is for the “Rwanda Challenge.”)
    • Or mail a check (BTG: 1315 Portland Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404; please include “Rwanda Challenge” in the memo.)
    • Email kostrem@mnaog.org with questions.
  • Project monies will be accepted in 2019 and 2020. Thank you!

Trip Details:

  • Dates: March 2-11, 2020
  • Recommended:Men & Women Ages 18+
  • Limited spaces; apply by August 5
  • Email with questions.

Vilnius, Lithuania

November 2019

We will be partnering with missionaries, Luke and Tanya McKinley, to facilitate a leadership development training conference for local women leaders, connect with students, bless pastors’ wives from across Lithuania, be part of a Sunday service with the Journey Church plant, and encourage missionaries.

Click the Worldview Magazine graphic below to read what God is doing in Lithuania!

Trip Details:

  • Hosts: Luke & Tanya McKinley
  • Dates: November 7-16
  • Trip Size: 15-20
  • Recommended: Women ages 14+
  • Cost: $2,495
  • Apply by April 2
  • Email with questions.

Panama City, Panama

July 2019

Minister to the youth culture of Panama!

Bridging the Gap is personally inviting you to join us for another trip to Panama City, Pamana! Partnering with missionaries Gerritt and Tara Kenyon, this trip will include helping to execute public school outreaches and the seventh-annual, city-wide Ilumina Girls Conference, as well as the third Ilumina Boys Conference! If you have a heart for youth and those at-risk to abuse and human trafficking, this trip is especially for you!

The Kenyons are committed to recruiting, equipping, and deploying young people to reach the nations. We are excited to partner with them to see this vision actualized.

The Ilumina Conference’s main sessions include Panamanian and international speakers who address topics such as sexuality, abuse, identity, or other. A major aspect of the Conference is also presenting the El Refuge center to attendees. The Kenyons and their team have recently opened this place of refuge, after school programs, and encouragement for young people during difficult seasons of life. (Learn more about El Refuge.)


  • During the first part of the week, our team will prepare for school assemblies by learning drama presentations and praying for the upcoming conferences. We will travel via bus to middle schools and high schools around Panama City to have fun interacting with students, be part of skits or other presentations, and pray with the many students who respond to the hope-filled Gospel message. We will also distribute free tickets for the Ilumina Conferences that coming weekend.
  • During the second half of the week, team members will be part of the MANY preparation, set-up, hosting, security, food, possible performance, and tear-down components necessary to run the event! We will host the “Fun Zone” with all sorts of fun activities in the lobby of the conference venue! Team members will also be encouraged to be available to pray with the students at the altars at the close of main sessions.

This is an incredible opportunity to serve with hundreds of others to impact students for Jesus Christ! We would love to have you consider joining us!

Trip Details:

  • Hosts: Gerritt and Tara Kenyon
  • Dates: July 16 – 23, 2019
  • Trip Size: Up to 150 team members from across the U.S. and Panama
  • Recommended: Men, women, and students (ages 14+); this is a fabulous trip for first-time or experienced travelers alike!
  • Cost: $2,100
  • Apply by March 26
  • Email with questions.