UPCOMING MISSIONS ACTIVITIES:
Short-Term Mission Trips:
Our trips are usually 12 to 14 days, approximately 5 to 6 days of this time (sometimes more) dedicated to travel to and from. Actual time in-country is about a week, and this time is spent ministering to the people in the region.
If you are interested in being interviewed for one of our upcoming trips please talk to Doug Keller or any member of the Missions Team.
Please complete this Short-Term Mission Trip Application prior to being interviewed.
On our trips we visit villages with the gospel and many believe in Jesus. These villagers have lived on the same plot of land for hundreds of years. Many have never left the village. Fifty-five year old men appear to be eighty years old. It is a hard life – more akin to slavery than anything else is. These people have been exploited, forgotten, and many have never heard the name of Jesus. Here are our initial observations after 5 teams over 3 years have visited these people.
1. Our teams have born great fruit. Over 500 men, women, and children were at our most recent Saturday celebration and discipleship meeting; most were new believers from the last three years. Committed men are following up on the new converts and churches are being planted.
2. There is much more to do. There are thousands of villages that have never heard the name of Jesus. God has called us to this task.
3. Christianity is the only viable solution to the world’s problems. Hinduism has not created a society of integrity, but one of corruption, deceit, poverty and a devaluing of human life. Many in Southern California have an obsession with the other world’s religions or with a syncretistic (a little of every religion – the parts that you like – to form your own personal belief system) approach to spirituality. One honest eye-opening trip will cure this obsession.
4. We should keep going.
5. We are blessed. We must use this blessing to bless others. Storing up treasures in heaven happens when we give and go.
6. Collaborating with indigenous peoples (those who live, know and have been raised in the villages) and taking our discipleship cues from them is the best strategy. The Leadership Training Center is an excellent partner in this venture.
7. We come back from these trips with joy, tiredness and a renewed commitment to the gospel. It is hard but good. This kind of good only comes from this kind of toil.
8. Humility is the great opening for the gospel. God has humbled them in their poverty but now many are rich in the gospel. May God humble us also to understand the gospel with better clarity.
9. USA is a tough place to minister. Wealth does not normally produce humility.