We believe that it should be the common mission of all Christians to participate in taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). For many, they will become solid supporters and senders but it is our sincere prayer that God will raise up hundreds from River Valley Church who are willing to say, “here am I Lord, send me” to those who have yet to hear.
For those with the honor and privilege of being sent, the journey will certainly be filled with many adventures and challenges. We believe that all the challenges are part of God’s process and plan of bringing glory to Jesus Christ among all the nations of the earth.
Each individual journey will look different but the goal is the same, for the global glory of Jesus Christ. For some, the journey to the mission field will happen sooner and be smoother than expected but for others it will be more difficult and take longer than you may have imagined. Regardless of how long it takes or where you end up, we believe that God is faithful and his timing and ways are so much greater than our ways.
So, no matter how long it takes or where your journey takes you, begin to prepare yourself for what God is calling you to be and do. We have learned that the most effective missionaries are those who are passionately in love with Jesus Christ and are well prepared.
With this in mind, we have created a MAP (Missionary Action Plan), designed to help build a strong missions foundation and support for those sent. This MAP is designed to take an individual between 12-24 months to complete but in some cases may be completed much sooner.
In addition to the MAP you will be given a Global Advocate who will walk beside you each phase of the journey to the mission field, and in time, you will build your own Global Support Team that is designed to provide support to you while you are on the mission field.
To quote two of my missionary heroes, Jim Elliot once said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” And as the great William Borden said, “Say yes to Jesus every time, live your life with no reserves, no retreat and no regrets.”
Pastor Justin Mack Global Project Pastor
Vital Relationships for Missions Success
We do not believe that you should go on this journey alone; you need a team of supporters standing beside you. River Valley Church believes in missions, believes in you and wants to help you fulfill the call that God has placed on your life. Here is the support team we highly recommend:
- Global Advocate
A Global Advocate is a trained individual who is both passionate about missions and can walk beside you each step of your journey. They will help you process through key phases and questions and perhaps at times even challenge you to keep going. Ask a current mentor or lay leader in your life to get reach out to Global Project and we’ll provide guidance and resources, so they can fulfill the role successfully.
- Global Support Team
Your Global Support Team is a small group (6-8) of close family and/or friends who will agree to encourage you, challenge you, pray for you and be the ones to remember you on those days when you feel forgotten and perhaps overwhelmed. (Connect with your Advocate for more information.)
- River Valley Church
As your home church, River Valley Church is committed to raising 500 missionaries from our church. We consider it an honor to use our resources to reach the world and will help financially support any approved missionary from River Valley Church.
- Sending Organization/Agency
At some point along the way, you will need to designate a sending organization/agency to partner with. This organization will provide greater training, development and accountability in several critical areas, including financial accountability. (See below more sending organization/agency details.)
- Financial Supporters
In addition to the financial support River Valley Church will provide, as part of the 500, you will need a number of additional financial supporters, including other churches, family members, old friends, coworkers, neighbors, and many others.