About Thirst Missions

Thirst Missions is the world’s leader in short-term mission trips to Alaska, Appalachia, Belize, and Puerto Rico. We are committed to leading high quality mission trips for every group to each of our locations.


On each of our trips, we take care of all the logistics and planning so your group can focus on ministry and relationships. Thirst Missions has a staff of 2-4 on every trip who are with your group, taking care of logistics and guiding you through the trip. It is our goal to partner with you to provide opportunities for your group to minister, keep everyone safe, to guide the trip in cultural areas, and to serve your group by taking care of all the behind-the-scenes details. Thirst Missions has led over 700+ trips and over 12,000+ participants. Participants have comprised most of the 50 States and Canada, and have represented many denominations. We are intentional about every part of our mission trip experiences and take seriously the importance of making every trip amazing and impactful. We invite you to join us in Alaska, Appalachia, Belize, or Puerto Rico in a life-changing mission trip.

jason and addieJason Pfingsten is the Founder and C.E.O. His wife Addie is Thirst Missions President, and they are fully blessed to work with an amazing, experienced staff in the United States, Belize, and Puerto Rico.

Jason has been leading mission trips to Belize since 1991 and full-time since 2003. Thirst Missions was founded in 2008 to focus specifically on the country of Belize. Alaska, Appalachia, and Puerto Rico have been added in recent years as ministry destinations. Jason fell in love with the people and culture of Belize while in college at the University of Northwestern – St Paul (’92) and has been overseeing short-term mission teams to Belize ever since. “I invite you to bring your group to Alaska, Appalachia, Belize, or Puerto Rico. Join us in our effort to minster through these diverse destinations. You will partner with local churches and have the opportunity to choose the ministries you’d like to participate in. Our prayer is that your group will be as blessed as the local churches whom you minister to and partner with during your trip.”

Jason and Addie live in Minnesota with their three girls, Mallory, Marissa and Julia. They keep busy in ministry, at church, have a passion for travel, spending time with family, and attending their children’s numerous activities.

The Thirst Missions office is located in Forest Lake, MN.

We are blessed with amazing staff members who work out of our office in Forest Lake, MN. From trip consulting to marketing and sales to finance, it’s our goal to serve each trip with excellence and impact the world one short-term mission trip at a time.

familyWe also have many staff members working in Belize, along with a growing number of staff members in our other three locations. From full-time staff, who follow-up with ministry projects and host pastors year round, to devoted trip leaders and assistant trip leaders, our trip staff members have a great amount of experience leading mission trips and traveling throughout our areas of ministry. Their faith, hard work, care for people, knowledge of the country and leadership ability are second to none.

We hope that you feel cared for by your trip leader and our leadership staff on your mission trips.

It is our goal to serve your team and to provide an amazing mission trip experience while meeting your goals for the trip and blessing the local church with whom you’ll be partnered. We invite you to join us in fulfilling the Great Commission to a world in great need of Jesus Christ. As you do so, you will be a blessing to the local people and each of your group members will be equally blessed.

“When my son came home from being in Kentucky he stated, "Mom I learned that God's loves come to me through giving to others." "Without giving to others I would not know God's love." As a parent I could not be more thankful to Thirst Mission and the work they do for our nation and our world.”

Karen, Participants Mother