In our current global crisis, Work & Witness faces challenges that we’ve never seen before. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, but how can we do so effectively when social distancing is the expectation?
What if instead of distancing ourselves from the rest of the world, we used this opportunity to forge new connections with the global Church for the purpose of mutual encouragement, strengthening, and prayer? What if instead of canceling mission trips, we used this opportunity to participate in “virtual Work & Witness trips” where teams gather together online to “meet” Christ-followers in another country?
The Southeast Asia Field is excited to announce some creative alternatives for Work & Witness this year and they would love for you to be a part of what God is doing! Whether you’ve been a part of many Work & Witness teams or have yet to receive the blessing of serving through Work & Witness… now is a great time to jump in!
If your church would like to find out more about how to be part of a Virtual Work & Witness team send us an email today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here is a quick glimpse at what a Virtual Work & Witness team might look like…
- Teams make a 2-4 week commitment to “gather” online at least 4 times for personal connection and mutual encouragement. During these times together your team and the host church in Southeast Asia will share what God is doing in their area of influence, get to know a little bit about each other and what life is like in another part of the world, and most importantly, pray together that God’s Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven! Your SE Asia Field Work & Witness Coordinators, Kevin and Jeni Campbell-White, will coordinate and host these gathering times through Zoom, a simple, secure, online meeting space that anyone can use for free. And during our times together we’ll include fun ideas of how you can “experience” SE Asia from the comfort of your own home, with new recipe ideas, bits of language learning, and more!
- Teams choose a Work & Witness Project to participate in with a local church in SE Asia. You could dig a well in a village in Cambodia that needs access to water. You could provide Bibles and hymnals for churches and believers in areas that have few or none. You could help repair a dangerous roof at the Maetang Tribal Children’s Home/Chapman International College Campus. You could be a part of any of these or numerous other projects and watch as God provides others to help bring the project to completion!
- Teams commit to sending project funds to SE Asia through Global Missions. Whether you send $100 or $100,000 God will use your gift to further His Kingdom in SE Asia! Then experience the joy of hearing from your brothers and sisters in Christ as they share during your online gatherings how the building project is going, share pictures and videos of the progress, and seek counsel and advice as they work to be good stewards of what God has entrusted them with through you.
- During the 2-4 week “virtual trip” both teams and local churches in SE Asia commit to pray for one another every day, participate in a daily Bible reading plan, and of course, connect on Facebook and other social media platforms!
Let’s be creative together and discover ways to move forward in unity and continue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in any and every way we can! Imagine what it will be like to have a bigger, more connected family of God, a family that you’ll be connected to for years to come!
For more information on how you can be involved in the ministry of SE Asia and be a part of what God is doing in this unreached part of the world, contact Kevin and Jeni today at email@example.com.
Contributed by Kevin Campbell-White, Southeast Asia Field Work & Witness Coordinator