THIS VISION TRIP is designed for 2 to 3 people sent by their church to the unreached people group you select from our menu of options. At least one of the team members must have international travel experience. You will be the vanguard movement of a long term project managed by you to give your unreached people group access to the gospel. On this vision trip, you will meet the indigenous Bible storytellers working on your project. The goal is to start a disciple making story group in every village. Your Vision Team will be met in the national airport of the project country and escorted for the duration of your trip. Your team will:
Meet other teams, national partners, storytellers, village influencers and leaders.
Participate in story groups and observe UPG story groups in action.
Make a needs assessment for future mercy ministries.
Discuss dates for trips, best ministry practices, and mercy ministries.
Collect pictures, videos, testimonies, and assessments to report findings.
This Vision Trip leads to future trips. Your UPG is unreached because they have limited access to God’s Word and Christian fellowship. Few are literate or know a Christian. The solution is to give everyone access to God’s Word and Christian fellowship by starting disciple-making story groups (that can grow into churches) in every village. As that happens, God will keep His Isaiah 55:11 promise and fulfill His Great Commission. The typical unreached people group is 90% oral learners, 98% non-Christian. Even with a written Bible translation, almost no one could or would read it because they are “oral learners”.
Future teams will control trip scheduling, mercy ministries, group size & demographics, and other details. Annual teams will work with the same storytellers for "strategic continuity" to build trust, cultural understanding, and accountability. Teams work with storytellers to start disciple-making story groups in every village by providing mercy ministries in KEY villages. Your work will be fueled by God-given imagination, creativity, love, and dependence on Him. Sometimes, encouragement is provided simply with your prayerful presence; accountability with thoughtful questions; collaboration with patient listening; and mercy ministries with heart felt responses to heart felt needs.
LONG TERM PROJECT MANAGEMENT INCLUDES:
1. You (or your designees) lead future teams on annual mercy ministry trips working with the same storytellers and assisted by national partners as needed.
2. Funding the basic monthly budget of $500 for ongoing storyteller training, accountability, expense stipends and online reporting, per the standard itemized budget. Team expenses and mercy ministry expenses are not included in the basic monthly budget. Mercy ministries may include clean water, medical, sanitation, hygiene, vocational training, agriculture, sports, micro-business, written Bible translations, literacy training, Jesus Film teams, and more.