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Short-term mission trips are a small, but important, part of our larger ministry strategy in the Amazon. As a result of looking at Scripture, following the guidance of our Brazilian leadership, and studying other mission strategies, we've designed our short-term trips to be maximally effective in the establishment of long-term disciples who will multiply themselves long after we leave.

Trips that come directly through AmazonVida have the following characteristics:

  1. Prioritize Ministry Effectiveness: As a matter of principal, our primary goal is to make disciples deeply rooted in the Gospel. Though we believe we can accomplish that while also ensuring safety and a good experience for the trip participants, all decisions are made with the understanding that ministry effectiveness is the uncontested number one priority. In other words, if we ranked our goals for a trip it would look something like this: 1. Ministry effectiveness, 2. Safety, 3. Impact on the participant.
  2. Relational Discipleship: We believe that stronger disciples are made when our team breaks down into small discipleship groups of 2 people. Those small groups focus on building personal relationships with the people we are serving while helping new believers take the first few steps of the discipleship process. This requires a high translator ratio of 1 translator for every 2 non-Portuguese speakers.
  3. One Village Approach: For similar reasons as above, each of our teams will stay in one village for the full 5 days of ministry. This allows us to teach new Christians how to study the Scriptures for themselves, share their faith with their friends and family, and fellowship with other new believers in a local church. The responsibility for long-term discipleship and church planting is then passed off to local leaders that we are training/equipping through our Leadership Institute.
  4. Strong Team Training: We believe that we are all more effective in ministry when we proactively grow our knowledge of Scripture, cross-cultural communication, and discipleship/ministry methodology. Thus, our pre-trip training will include required meetings and required reading. Regardless of your experience level, we hope that you’re willing to learn and grow along with us, so that we are prepared to be as effective as possible. We want our teams to prepare well, both in their spiritual lives and ministry skills. This allows the trip’s focus to be on the long-term impact in the Amazon for God’s kingdom. 
  5. Lowest Possible Cost: AmazonVida does not make money off of the trip cost. Your trip cost goes directly to the operating costs of the trip and follow up expenses for the Brazilian staff. We believe that this allows the trip participant the opportunity to focus more on trip preparation because the lower cost requires less fundraising. Furthermore, if you over-raise or feel so led, you can contribute more money to the follow-up costs of AV ministering in the villages year around.

We would love for you to consider applying for one of the trips below! We have a number of trips that come directly through us. We also receive some trips in partnership with Amazon Outreach. If you are interested in leading a new trip, please contact Michael Shell at mshell@amazonvida.org.

2017 Trips

Bent Tree Bible Fellowship                                       with Amazon Outreach

Dates: July 1 - 10

Cost: $3,300

Trip Leader: Brian Johnson

*More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Bent Tree Bible Fellowship                                       with AmazonVida

Dates: July 1 - 8

Cost: $900 + Airfare = Estimated Total of $2,300

Trip Leader: Jenna Street

*Learn more and register at the Bent Tree website.


First Baptist Dallas - Young Adults  WITH AMAZONVida

Dates: August 10 - August 17

Cost: $1,221 + Airfare = Estimated total of $2,120
 

Trip Leader: Michael Perry

*More information will be posted as it becomes available.


IDLEWILD BAPTIST CHURCH                                          WITH AMAZONVida

Dates: September 29 - October 8

Cost: For Idlewild Members - $2,000
For non-members - TBD

Trip Leaders: Marty and Christina Davenport

*Learn more and register at the Idlewild Missions website.


Idlewild Baptist Church                                          with Amazon Outreach

Dates: August 4 - August 13

Cost: For Idlewild Members - $2,000
         For non-members - TBD

Trip Leaders: Marty and Christina Davenport

*Learn more and register at the Idlewild Missions website.


PRESTONWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH - Young Singles WITH AMAZON outreach

Dates: November 17 - November 26

Cost: $3,300

Trip Leader: Chase Simms

*Learn more and register at the Prestonwood Missions website.

AV Trip Application

Instructions:

Thank you for your interest in serving God with us! We ask that you carefully read and fill out this application. All information on this application will be kept private.

An Important Note:

The ministry that we have been entrusted with by God is, obviously, very important to us. Short-term mission trips are a small, but important, part of our larger ministry strategy in the Amazon. As a result of looking at Scripture, following the guidance of our Brazilian leadership, and studying other mission strategies, we've designed our short-term trips to be maximally effective in the establishment of long-term disciples who will multiply themselves long after we leave.

Our short-term mission trip method is dependent on at least two things:

  1. We need trip participants who take their Christian life very seriously. We hope that you desire to grow in your faith prior to our mission trip. We all need this, right? If you don’t intend on proactively pursuing spiritual growth prior to the trip, then you may want to wait for another trip with us down the road. None of us are perfect Christians, but we do have standards for the people we are willing to introduce to lost people in the Amazon. If you realize that you need to grow a lot before the mission trip, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply! It just means that we all need to start this process with the intention to proactively grow in our intimacy with God. An important thing to understand is that these trips are designed for effective ministry to the Amazonian people. It is not intended to be a ministry retreat that prioritizes its impact on the American team. Almost all of our local church activities are geared towards our spiritual formation. We believe that a mission trip is an opportunity to prioritize the spiritual formation of those we are ministering to, instead of our own experience.

  2. We need trip participants who are sharp tools in the hands of God. In other words, we believe that we are all more effective in ministry when we proactively grow our knowledge of Scripture, cross-cultural communication, and discipleship/ministry methodology. Thus our pre-trip training will include required meetings and required reading. Regardless of your experience level, we hope that you’re willing to learn and grow along with us, so that we are prepared to be as effective as possible. Here is one way to think about this: The Navy didn’t send SEAL Team 6 to raid Bin-Laden’s compound so they could have a training experience. Rather, they trained intensively in order to effectively execute their mission. Similarly, we want our teams to prepare well, both in their spiritual lives and ministry skills. This allows the trip’s focus to be on the long-term impact in the Amazon for God’s kingdom. We hope that you join us in our effort to be used by God for this exciting purpose!

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