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Short-term mission trips are an important part of our larger ministry strategy in the Amazon. Our mission statement makes the difference in our trip strategy because our long-term goals of discipleship and launching well trained seminary leaders into the villages helps to establish disciples that will last. We believe that Scripture teaches this strategy as the best way to make short-term trips be maximally effective in the establishment of long-term disciples who will multiply themselves long after the team leaves.

We would love to have you join in one of our scheduled mission trips or have your group plan a new mission trip of their own. We will help get you here, help you have a successful trip and then we will be here for the follow-up after your team is gone. Please contact us to learn more about the opportunities for ministry that we can provide.

 
 
 

Mission Trips With A Purpose

 
 
Our mission statement makes the difference.

WE EXIST TO MAKE DISCIPLES AND DEVELOP LEADERS, LAUNCHING THEM TO PLANT CHURCHES AND RESTORE COMMUNITIES IN THE AMAZON AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 contr ibute 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 and we also work in partnership with Amazon Outreach and Amazon Hope. If you are interested in leading a new trip, please contact us at info@amazonvida.org.

2018 Trips

Please keep checking back as new trips may be scheduled throughout the year.

Prestonwood Christian academy
with Amazon outreach

Dates: March 3 - 11
Cost: TBD
Trip Leader: Mike Beeson
*Restricted to PCA students/faculty/and parents.


prestonwood Women's Ministry Trip
with Amazon Outreach

Dates: April 18 - 26
Cost: $3,650
Trip Leader: Chrissie Dunham
*Learn more at Prestonwood Missions' website.


Bent Tree Bible Fellowship
WITH AMAZONVida

Dates: May 26 - June 2
Cost: $1,200 + Airfare = Estimated total of $2,500
Trip Leader: Brantley Welborne
*Learn more at Bent Tree's Missions page.


Prestonwood Baptist Church
with Amazon Outreach

Dates: June 9 - 17
Cost: $3,325
Trip Leaders: Darren Abrams
*Learn more at Prestonwood Missions' website.


Bent Tree Bible Fellowship
WITH AMAZON Outreach

Dates: June 30 - July 9
Cost: TBD
Trip Leaders: Phyllis Woodward
*Learn more at Amazon Outreach's website.


First Baptist Dallas
WITH AMAZONVida

Dates: July 31 - August 7
Cost: $2,300
Trip Leader: Michael Perron
*Learn more at First Baptist Dallas' website.


Idlewild Baptist Church
WITH AMAZON Outreach

Dates: August 17 - 26
Cost: $1,800
Trip Leaders: Marty Davenport
*Learn more at Idlewild Missions' website.


Prestonwood Baptist Church
with AmazonVida

Dates: September 1 - 9
Cost: $1,200 + Airfare = Estimated total of $2,500
Trip Leader: Joshua Rolf
*Learn more at Prestonwood Missions' website.


Prestonwood Baptist Church
with amazon Outreach

Dates: November 16 - 25
Cost: TBD
Trip Leaders: Bryan Gibbs
*Learn more at Prestonwood Missions' website.


Brazilian Trips To The Amazon

Assembleia de Deus em Itaipú -  May 03 to 10

Seminário Teológico Batista do Litoral - July 12 to 20

Igreja Batista Jardim Icaraí -  July 20 to 27

AV Trip Application

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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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