This past weekend my brother, Nils Smith, shared with me about a new project he is implementing as Social Media Pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio. The project is a virtual mission trip. I have to be honest, when he first shared this idea with me, my knee jerk reaction was to think "that's not a for real mission trip." But the more he shared the more that I felt like this could be a really cool opportunity for so many people. So friends, hear my brother out. And feel free to debate in the comments. I'll ask him to come back and respond.
And what if I told you it’s just 30 minutes a day for 10 days, would you be able to make that work with your schedule? All that means is for 10 days you set your DVR to record your favorite show and watch it once your “trip” is over or even later that day.
One more thing: its FREE. Yes there is absolutely no charge to participate.
Are you ready for some details now?
Starting November 9th, every day for 10 days you will commit to about 30 minutes a day to watch a video and participate in the conversation on Facebook. You will learn a lot about the culture in India, other religions in the country and the great needs that exist throughout India. Most importantly you will learn about what you can do to make a difference.
Did you know that India makes up over 1/6th of the world’s population with over 1 billion who do not follow Jesus? Studies show that 85% of Hidus and Muslims in India don’t even know a single Christian.
Let’s talk about what you’ve probably already thought: Isn’t this just a cop-out from doing a “real” mission trip? Yes and no.
The fact is many people aren’t able to go overseas to do missions for reasons we already listed. We aren’t against going to do missions in person. But we also want to provide a means for those to experience missional living when they can’t go right now. The goal of a short-term mission trip is not just the work that is done in the location you travel to, but also the work that is accomplished in the hearts of those who attend the trip. When we experience these regions and minister to these people groups our hearts and lives are forever changed.
So for right now you can go. You can log on for 30 minutes for 10 days and allow your heart to be changed as you learn about the people of India. And learn how you, sitting in front of your computer, can still change lives. And maybe one day you will get to go. But we don’t have to wait for that day to make an impact.
During the process you will learn ways you can give. No this isn’t a scheme to get money. Remember there is no financial requirements to participate. We have partnered with Mission India. Through their organization, for every dollar donated a child is sponsored to attend a Children’s Bible Club for a week. And if we all come together, for $500 an entire village can be changed!
In my past 10 years in ministry there is not much I have been more excited about! I believe that God is going to move in a powerful way among those who participate and will use this movement to impact the country of India in unimaginable ways!
I hope you will consider joining us on this adventure. All you need to do is click this link to view the trailer http://mypassporttoindia.org/ref/MPTI.TXCOMMBC/
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So what do you think? Please share your honest thoughts in the comments.