AV Trip Application
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 Brasilian 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:
- 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.
- 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!