Philosophy of Missions
Philosophy of Missions
When your group attends a mission trip with Thirst Missions, you aren’t just going on another mission trip. You will be partnering with a local church and pastor who are in need of a mission team to assist them as they serve in their local community.
Your group will be a huge support to the pastor and an encouragement to the congregation you serve alongside. Our trips are about quality over quantity. Quality of ministry, quality of relationships, and quality of congregations and pastors with whom you will be partnered. These are real pastors on the frontlines in a developing ministry location making a real difference for Jesus Christ. They need your encouragement desperately, and you will be serving alongside a local congregation and in a community with real needs. We have amazing pastors asking for teams to partner with them and would feel so blessed to work with you in ministry. Once these congregations find out you will be coming, they spend months praying for the trip and preparing for your group to arrive. It is a huge deal for them. What a blessing to experience the world-wide body of Christ!
It is our prayer that all will be blessed through the friendships and partnerships made through ministry on your Thirst Missions trip.
Once your mission trip has concluded, our staff members will follow up with the pastor and congregations you have been partnered with. We check in to see how they are doing, encourage them to follow-through with potential new members who came to the church during your trip, and work with them to develop ministry plans and ideas based on things they learned and experienced during your mission trip. We feel it is vital to follow-up and stay in touch with the church and pastor. This is an area that is severely neglected during most other mission organizations trips and is one key to sustaining long-term growth from your mission experience. You will also have the opportunity to encourage the church you partner with once you return home. From letters, email, Facebook, texting and exchanging resources, the relationships that are developed in Alaska, Appalachia, Belize, and Puerto Rico can turn into life-long relationships and fellowship with believers around the world.
Long-term Partnerships in Alaska, Appalachia, Belize & Puerto Rico
Long-Term partnerships are always a possibility and are highly encouraged. One aspect to keep in mind for the future is that we have experience with churches from North America developing long-term partnerships with congregations in Alaska, Appalachia, Belize, and Puerto Rico. Some churches have gone back since 2008 to the same village, worked with the same pastor, and invested in their partner church. Thirst Missions is excited to be a part of lining up and following through on these long-term partnerships. If this type of longer-term ministry is part of your philosophy of ministry, we would love to work with you to partner long-term or short-term in ministry to the same community and congregation in Alaska, Appalachia, Belize and Puerto Rico.
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