Summer Trips: Paris Team

Summer Trips: Paris Team

Region
Europe
Ministry
Outreach
Duration
Short Term
Religion
Other | Unreligious

What would your 2022 mission trip look like?

Paris, as iconic as it is dreamy, is a city where 12 million people have converged from all corners of the world. You might think of it more as a holiday destination than a mission field. But it is the epicentre of a country where less than 2% of the population know Jesus personally.

This spiritual reality in Paris inspires the long-term team’s passion for the lost. So if you’re looking for a strategic location to serve the Lord, look no further!

This team partners with local churches in order to see other gospel-centred churches planted around Paris. They are passionate about evangelism as well as discipleship. They also seek to be a gospel presence in all sectors of society, from the arts and sports to serving university students and refugees.

As an Edger, you will experience and take part in various ministry opportunities in Paris. You will serve alongside local church and partnering ministries. This will give you a broad picture of what the team does and what serving long-term in an urban context can look like. You will also learn language and culture as you focus on serving and building relationships the long-term team can continue to develop.

Join us in bringing the light of Christ into the spiritual darkness that reigns in Paris, the city of lights.

2022 Edge Trip Activities

* Subject to change
  • Language and culture learning
  • Mentoring and training by the local team
  • Involvement in local church activities
  • Prayer walks in neighbourhoods
  • Relationship building among secular French
  • University student ministry
  • Arts ministry
  • Teaching English to refugees
  • Mercy ministries amongst the homeless, refugees, elderly etc.
  • Evangelism
  • Visit famous landmarks and explore the beautiful city of Paris

Summer Trip: DC Team

Region
Americas
Ministry
Education | Outreach
Duration
Short Term
Religion
Buddhist | Hindu | Muslim | Tribal-Animist | Unreligious

What would your 2022 mission trip look like?

The Washington DC Metro area has a large community of immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Among the students we serve, many have come because their land is torn by war, many have come because of state sponsored genocide, and others from fear of violence. Of the students we serve, 75% are Muslim. With the influx of Afghan refugees in the area, this team will be seeking to serve those individuals as well. Due to language and cultural barriers, immigrants and refugees are often restricted to their homes and families. English classes, though available, are expensive and infrequent. So, much of their community is still back in their home countries, and they have few opportunities to form new friendships.

This team’s goal is to meet the needs of these immigrants holistically through English-learning, community-building, and gospel-sharing. They offer inexpensive classes, childcare, a daily Bible lesson and hospitality events. Adult English classes also provide a platform through which you can share the hope we have in Jesus. In addition, these classes allow those who come to interact with diverse students of similar backgrounds as well as local teachers.

We do not just want to care for individuals, but for the whole family. That’s where you come in. This summer, we hope to form relationships with our students’ children and bring the whole family into our community. We will do this by running a summer programme that provides ESL classes for adults, childcare for preschool kids, and programme activities for youth. Edgers will be putting on the youth summer programme that focuses on art, science, lego building, and drama.

Edgers will be leading the way to forming these familial relationships. They will lead the children in activities during ESL class time, support the team, aid the activity leaders, engage in hospitality events throughout the week and learn to participate in cross-cultural ministry from experienced missionaries.

2022 Edge Trip Activities

* Subject to change
  • Participate in Bible studies
  • Take cross-cultural ministry classes
  • Lead and organise activities in the ministry
  • Put on a youth programme focusing on drama, art, science and Legos
  • Form relationships with children and families
  • Participate in hospitality events (trips to museums, meals, etc.)

To find out more about the DC Team summer trip or any of our other summer trips, get in touch with Pioneers UK’s mission mentors at mobilisation@pioneers-uk.org or ring them on 01302 710 750.

Summer Trip: Surge Team

Region
Europe
Ministry
Outreach
Duration
Short Term
Religion
Muslim | Unreligious

What would your 2022 mission trip look like?

Your parents, your church, your college, your future—picture each of them. Now picture them in an alternate reality.

In this reality, your parents suffer from PTSD because of the devastating effects of a war they grew up in. You may not have a church, but you definitely have a religion. It’s made up of rituals and empty traditions, however. As long as you can remember, you’ve been taught not to associate with people from other religious groups. They are the enemy.

This is the reality for many young people in this country.

Despite their reality, or maybe because of it, there are spiritually hungry people in this city. People God has already been drawing to Himself. And we need help finding them.

In this city people are always about: strolling down the walking streets, having coffee with a friend. Many of the younger people speak English and are eager to talk to native English speakers. We need help meeting these people and finding out about their lives.

There are a handful of “seekers” with whom the long-term team has been able to begin reading the Bible. But they believe God has more. Will you come and take the initiative with relationships to help them find these people? These are people who would fall in love with Jesus if they were introduced to Him.

As an Edger, you can come help find the people in this city whom God is already drawing to Himself!

This team needs young people who love Jesus, who aren’t afraid to step into new relationships and who will boldly share what God has done in their lives. Are you not someone who shares boldly yet, but open and ready to learn? We’ll help, equip, and encourage you in just that!

2022 Edge Trip Activities

* Subject to change
  • Minister among an unreached people group in Europe
  • Prepare the soil for seeds to bear good fruit by prayer walking
  • Learn to naturally use church-planting tools (discovery Bible study, “shema” statement sharing, and one-minute testimonies)
  • Help the local team search for “people of peace” God has already been drawing to Himself
  • Serve the local church at evangelistic summer camps
  • Partner with long-term missionaries in two additional cities as they serve their local community
  • Start to learn a Slavic language
  • Experience the lush green mountains of a beautiful country
  • Hiking
  • Cooking

To find out more about the Surge Team summer trip or any of our other summer trips, get in touch with Pioneers UK’s mission mentors at mobilisation@pioneers-uk.org or ring them on 01302 710 750.

Summer Trip: Czech Team

Region
Europe
Ministry
Outreach
Duration
Short Term
Religion
Unreligious

What would your 2022 mission trip look like?

You can spend your summer developing friendships with Czech people who don’t know what a genuine relationship with Christ looks like. By teaching English to all ages, hosting summer camps, and playing sports with the youth, you will have opportunities to exemplify Christ through conversations and your actions.

Most Czechs enjoy a fairly comfortable standard of living because the country has a stable economy and the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union. The unfortunate side effect of living a relatively comfortable life is that most people are unaware of their need for God. Christianity is just not on their radar. In fact, a person who genuinely believes in the God of the Bible and directs his or her life according to scripture is often viewed with disdain or even contempt.

The Czech Republic is one of the most atheist countries in the world. Bible-believing and Christ-following people make up less than 1% of the population. But you can make a difference! Meeting and learning to trust a Christian is a significant step for most Czechs, so a large part of your ministry here will be making connections with people. You will be working in areas where Czechs have needs that you can help meet.

You will be teaching English classes and tutoring Czechs. Through that, you will have the opportunity to build relationships. Many Czechs also enjoy exercise and activity, so ministry centring on sports and outdoor activities can give you a chance to connect with unbelievers.

2022 Edge Trip Activities

* Subject to change
  • Study the basics of the Czech language.
  • Participate in English day camps for children and teenagers.
  • Assist with a scouting-type camp for children and teenagers.
  • Help with English-language intensive weeks for adults.
  • Connect with Czech teenagers/adults at a sports day camp.
  • Gain exposure to the broader ministries of the Czech team in various regions of the country.

To find out more about the Czech Team summer trip or any of our other summer trips, get in touch with Pioneers UK’s mission mentors at mobilisation@pioneers-uk.org or ring them on 01302 710 750.

Set Your Inner Geek Free in Eastern Europe

Region
Central Asia | Europe
Ministry
Business or Admin | IT
Duration
Long Term | Mid-Term
Religion
Muslim | Other | Unreligious

An invitation for software developers & professionals to invest in the peoples of Eastern Europe.

With experience in secure payment platforms, a Pioneers team member has established a software development company which currently employs twenty locals. An open door now exists for field workers to come work part-time in management roles, or in teaching Western culture to facilitate helpful client relationships (clients are currently predominantly located in Australia, the UK, and the US).

The founder longs to create a business culture with impact far beyond the daily grind of work hours. Many of the country’s young, talented IT professionals end up leaving home to work in the West. They have a hunger and a longing for more – more that can only be found in Jesus. Apart from investing in relationships with local co-workers, you could use this door to reach into universities, mobilise local believers, locate unreached people groups in the city, and trust God for a church planting movement.

City Snapshot: The second largest city in the country and a growing hub for tech companies, young professionals, and IT specialists. Nearly 1.5 million people, with half of the population under 20 years of age. Over seventeen national universities and many more technical and private universities. Considered a cultural centre, as it hosts numerous music and film festivals yearly and is home to theatres and art galleries, as well as numerous authors.

UPG Snapshot: While the country has a growing body of evangelicals, much of the population remains orthodox. There are 26 UPGS in the country, including Tatar, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Roma, and more.  Specifically in this city, there are over 8,000 Jews yet to know the hope of their Messiah.

Potential Roles to Fill

  • Client Account Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Teaching English language and culture, etc.


Useful Skill-sets 

  • Experience in start-ups
  • Team-builders
  • Culture & Language Professionals
  • Knowledge of the following: JavaScript, NodeJS, Angular, ReactNative, and more.

Positions are paid, whether part-time or full-time, according to the cost of living for locals in the city. Foreigners may want / need to raise supplemental support.

Is this team a fit for you? Drop us a line to find out more!

Not exactly what you’re looking for? Pioneers has hundreds of cross-cultural mission opportunities available — far too many to list on our website. Get in touch with our mobilisation team to find an opportunity that’s right for you!

 

Photo by Markus Spiske.

Plough the Hard Ground in the Balkans

Region
Europe
Ministry
Education
Duration
Long Term
Religion
Muslim | Unreligious | Catholic

Our team is doing church planting in a town in the Balkans in a secular Muslim environment.

We would love to welcome new long- and short-term team members to spread the Good News widely in this hard ground.

Who are we reaching?

We are seeking to reach the majority Albanian population in our country, of whom just 0.05% trust in Christ.

We seek to break through their mix of Islamic and secular beliefs by shining the light of the Saviour among them.

Vision

There are currently no native believers in our town.

Our vision is to raise up a locally-led church which will be able to reach out to this region, to ethnic Albanians in the Balkans and ultimately be used powerfully by God for His global purposes.

Values

We are helpless to do church planting without the work of God through His Spirit, recognising the Bible as God’s Word and our final authority. A key part of our team’s strategy is to be part of the local community. As a result, we place a high value on language learning. Team members work together closely, encouraging and supporting one another to use our individual giftings towards a common goal.

How?

All God-given skills and abilities can be used in this task; from professional qualifications to hobbies and personal interests, in order to build relationships and trust, serve the community and win a hearing for the Good News.

We have opened a community centre in our town, from which we run various activities: English classes with youth and adults, one-on-one adult English lessons, English book clubs, computer programming and robotics courses, a youth club, craft activities, Bible Studies and more.

We also run other activities outside our centre, such as teacher training (in local schools), medical teaching (at local health centres), palliative care community projects, baking, mountain biking and summer camps.

We work closely with the local church in a nearby city, sharing resources and encouraging each other in our work and spiritual growth.

There are so many ways in which this community can be served. Get in touch to find out more. We’d love to hear from you.

Photo by Arild Vågen and is licensed under the Creative Commons.

Water Sanitation in Rural Southeast Asia

Region
Southeast Asia
Ministry
Agriculture | Engineering | Community Development
Duration
Long Term | Mid-Term
Religion
Buddhist | Tribal-Animist | Unreligious
Water Sanitation in Southeast Asia: This is an opportunity to use your skills to improve living standards and help develop sustainable infrastructure, all while maximising opportunities to share the gospel.

Access to household water is the greatest material need in rural villages in this area of Southeast Asia. The mission and vision of the team is to see a holistic transformation of communities through training and equipping local leaders in order to establish a community development model.

If you have any expertise or skills in community sanitation, agriculture, horticulture and/or water systems, this would be an amazing way to use those skills for the kingdom. Train the locals so they can have healthy lifestyles, all while encouraging unity and reconciliation in the local communities.

If you’re interested, get in touch today!

Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development / CC BY

One-Year Internship: NYC Immerse

Region
Americas
Ministry
Business or Admin | Engineering | IT
Duration
Mid-Term
Religion
Buddhist | Hindu | Muslim | Other | Tribal-Animist | Unreligious | Catholic

Spend a year in New York City working alongside experienced church planters to gain practical ministry experience, mentoring and an understanding of a Biblical worldview of mission. Gain a firm theological foundation and put it into practice by:

  • evangelising and discipling cross-culturally
  • launching house churches through Discovery Bible Studies
  • learning the DNA of reproducible church planting
  • seeing the power of the gospel among the unreached

Wherever you’re coming from or going to, NYC Immerse will prepare you for ministry in your neighbourhood or a city across the world.

Contact us for more information.

F.A.Q.

What is NYC Immerse?

Immerse is one year of training believers in church planting and cross-cultural ministry in New York City. The idea behind Immerse is to give you the practical tools to share your faith, disciple people from diverse cultures, and plant churches – all in English while living in America. What you learn here at Immerse can be applied to a future ministry wherever the Lord leads you.

What will I be doing during the year?

You will spend 10 months in New York City working amongst an unreached people group (UPG) community, and working with international students, to engage them with the gospel with the purpose of seeing a reproducible church planting movement. This includes activities such as leading Discovery Bible Studies, meeting with unbelievers, being involved in an existing house church, developing as a team, and participating in seminars.

What is the focus of the training?

The focus of the training is organic, reproducible church planting. Each team will work to begin house churches during their time in NYC. This is a cross cultural ministry church planting training program so church planting will happen with either internationals from various people groups or with Muslim immigrants living in the city. There will be a high focus on evangelism and discipleship.

The three main elements are:

  • Theological: Get grounded in your understanding of Scripture, Redemptive History and Mission
  • Practical: Learn the skills needed for reproducible church planting
  • Character: Be transformed as you reflect on the Gospel for every area of life and ministry

Who is this training for?

This training is for anyone who seeks to reach the lost and learn how to start churches (Biblical communities of believers) in any city, town or village.

This training is highly recommended for anyone who wants to do cross-cultural church planting. Many go overseas to do church planting without having an understanding or experience of church planting prior to going. This training will give you the experience and a philosophy of church planting prior to arriving on the field.

When does it start and end?

We recommend that Immerse participants move to New York City by July 15, but the official trainings begin August 1 and end May 31.

How much does it cost?

Expected costs of the program are £1500-1800 per month. This includes housing, meals, local transportation, health insurance, and all ministry expenses for the months spent in New York and abroad. What’s not included is: your transport to New York City, transportation to orientation and debriefs in Florida that bookend your summer trip, personal spending money and souvenirs.

How do I apply?

Start the application process by filling out a Preliminary Information Form.
There will be a phone interview, an application and references to complete the application process.

Can I get academic credit from NYC Immerse?

NYC Immerse will provide courses in hermeneutics, Old Testament, New Testament and Systematic Theology. These courses are not accredited by a college or university degree program, but they count toward Pioneers’ Bible requirements for long term appointments.

Is there an age requirement?

The minimum age for this program is 21 years.

Click here for a video on NYC Immerse!