God is inviting you to step out in faith and go to new places with Him. Some of those places might be exotic destinations around the globe, but many more will be unexplored places of the heart.
God is your Navigator and the Holy Spirit your Compass. Get ready for an international adventure with Jesus.
June 27 - August 1, 2018
ACTION Midwest is a program for Christian Young Adults who want to experience spiritual renewal and discipleship training in a global mission context. This program is specifically aimed at young people age 17-30 who have a heart for the world, older adults and families are also welcome.
1 WEEK - CENTRAL KANSAS - June 27 to July 1
Training is critical to effective short term missions. Participants will be challenged in spiritual formation and mission training with our resource staff who invest their experience into the participants lives. Common themes include intimacy with Jesus, healthy teams, following the Holy Spirit, serving with humility, and walking cross-culturally. Your relationship with God, your team, and mission will be shaped forever during this time.
Training happens at Oasis Retreat Center, just outside Hutchinson, Kansas.
4 WEEKS - CROSS-CULTURAL - July 2-28
Travel in a team of 4-6 and use your gifts to show God’s love. You will serve with long-term missionaries or national church leaders as you join in God’s ministry and participate in community transformation. Whether you serve in children’s or youth ministry, evangelistic outreaches, teaching English, or work with your hands, you will make an impact in people’s lives and experience the global body of Christ.
1 WEEK - CENTRAL KANSAS - July 29 to August 1
Your experiences on ACTION will likely be more than you could have ever experienced in the same time frame at home. Debrief is a time to rest, recover, and process these experiences. Back at Oasis Retreat Center, you will celebrate what God has done in your life and in the lives of others during the mission, helping bring closure to your experiences and affirming principles and commitments that can be carried on to your home community.
Monkey Mountain, Thailand
Monkey Mountain is a fishing village at the foot of a sacred Buddhist mountain in the province of Chonburi Thailand where people come to make merit by feeding the wild monkeys. Cambodian and Burmese immigrants as well as Thai fishermen live and work here. MB Missionary, Katie Mount, has joined a young Thai couple in planting Zion Church, the first evangelical church in this village. Their ministry consists of sharing Jesus and praying with their community, disciple-making, teaching English in a local school, adult cell group (Bible study), youth group, and kids club.
As the ACTION team comes alongside this young church, they will be a Presence with a Purpose - being a bridge for the long-term team to spread the Gospel. This could look like sharing testimonies, leading kids clubs or a VBS, teaching English, serving and loving people connected to the church, Abundant Life Home (a home for HIV orphans), and a cancer center, and interceding for Christ's Bride on Monkey Mountain.
The Mennonite Brethren denomination has its roots in this region of central Ukraine, but by mid-1900's these churches lay vacant after their members were dispersed by political storm into North and South America. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a fresh wave of Christian mission was able to return to Ukraine to plant new churches and support those who had patiently endured persecution. Today, 6 MB churches and 4 church plants form the Association of MB Churches in Ukraine (AMBCU). MB Mission assists the AMBCU in establishing healthy and missional churches and gives leadership to the New Hope Center, which provides mentor-led group homes for at-risk orphans, family services and job training. Through these ministries, a people group beaten down by civil war, poverty, and fatherlessness are finding new hope in Christ and his unfailing love.
The ACTION Team will be coming alongside these churches under the leadership of Max and Anya Oliferovski (MB Mission Ukraine leaders) to provide summer camps for children, youth and families. Learn about one of these camps and programs, DreamKidz. Learn about MB Mission's work in Ukraine here.
The first half of this unique assignment will be in Vancouver, British Colombia working alongside the MB Mission Mobilization team as they facilitate the 10-day SOAR mission and discipleship program. The ACTION team will join the SOAR Leadership team in a various roles - admin support and preparation for the program, serving in the kitchen or on the hospitality team, tech team or prayer team during the program.
The second half will be spent in Fresno California partnering with pastor Joe White and Neighborhood Church. The ACTION team will lead a kids day-camp for the neighborhood, join the Neighborhood Church Sunday gathering and catch a vision of Kingdom impact by visiting various community benefit organizations in the city.
$3000 - $4500 USD (depending on flights)
Your ministry support covers training and debrief, as well as your international travel, lodging, food and ministry activities. MB Mission asks that you cover the following additional expenses: Transportation to and from Kansas, Passport, Travel Visa (if necessary), Vaccinations, Travel Health Insurance, and Personal Expenses.
Is God calling you to go to "Uncharted" places this summer? We would love to have you join us and want to walk alongside you as you process this decision. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Deposit: $200 (non-refundable)
Mail your deposit to:
Midwest US Office
PO Box 264, 200 East D Street
Hillsboro, KS 67063