Regions Beyond - Australia, India, Honduras, Mexico, Peru
Our challenge for our 2007-2008 Faith Promise Missions was to present five fields with five unique ministry opportunities on those fields. Pastor Smith and the church staff prayerfully considered which of our missionaries and mission fields the Lord would have us partner with for this project. The thought and theme for the conference was communicated to these missionary partners, and the planning began. We asked each missionary to choose the areas of their ministry that were in need of the most help, whether it be construction projects, tract distribution, discipleship training, children’s ministries, youth ministry, evangelistic meetings, outreach, etc. Our church staff worked with the missionaries on the field to determine the best dates, approximate cost, number of personnel needed, and a basic project outline. A questionnaire was developed, and each missionary called in to record the audio for their ministry presentation. Each night of Missions Conference we viewed a video presentation on one of the ministries. As we presented each work, we highlighted the particular needs we would fill, and the cost to send the necessary team members and supplies.
Excitement mounted each evening as a new mission field was announced. A missionary application was developed for those who showed interest in participating, and team leaders were chosen. In our “missionary auction” at the close of the conference, where we generally raise $30,000-$40,000 to meet the needs of our missionary guests, over $48,000 was raised to help pay for the laborers and materials for these five mission endeavors. Our next step was to compile a preliminary information packet with participant requirements, an estimated cost, and a plan for raising the needed funds. A special service was dedicated to bringing the church family together to better understand the details of this project.
The evening before each team departed for the mission field, a dinner and rally are held at the church. During this time, luggage was weighed and checked, the church family joined in prayer for each missionary team member, and final preparations were made. As part of this missions outreach, we had the privilege of partnering with established missionaries on the fields of Honduras, Mexico, India, Australia, and Peru. Each missions trip consisted of two weeks of evangelistic outreach, leadership training, youth ministry, children’s Bible club, worker training, Bible & tract distribution, discipleship training, and much more.
Teams were well cared for on the field, with each missionary partner providing secure lodging, meals, transportation, equipment, and emergency medical supplies. Team leaders grouped their team members into smaller units for increased accountability and personal security.
Each team was responsible for providing consistent communication from the mission field, including recording and sending video and photo updates of the ministries and the work they had participated in. This kept our church family and individual prayer partners up-to-date and allow them to pray more effectively. A full presentation was given to the church family once each team arrived home from the mission field.