“We continue to be amazed at all that God revealed to us during our trip. The ministries resonated with us. Recognizing the link to the past from our church’s gifts to the current ministry was a true blessing. Our hearts and prayers have such renewed passion for these people.” That was the response of one of the couples who joined in the One Challenge Asia Vision Trip, November 2016. The trip encompassed two cities in Indonesia and two in the Philippines. President Dean Carlson and his wife, Kathie, hosted 10 travelers, joining co-hosts Greg and Denyse G. as well as Rich and Marla H. in their respective countries.
The trip included meeting local One Challenge workers and seeing their ministries. Additionally travelers experienced some of the cultural uniqueness of each place, visiting an MK school, and some touristy fun. The trip gave participants the opportunity to see what God is doing in two Asian nations where One Challenge has a long history of fruitful ministry. One participant summed it up like this, “We loved the opportunities to meet the mission workers and spend time with them, hearing their hearts and the history of God’s work in each place. We loved meeting the national workers and hearing their passion. We celebrated with them what God has been doing through their ministries, as well as prayed for them. So many additional highlights that I don’t think I could list them all.”
It is a great joy for One Challenge to connect our stateside supporters with our global workers. When that connection happens on the field where the kingdom work is, that is very special. Without these co-laborers at home, the ministry would not be funded or covered in prayer, both of which are crucial. One mission worker said, “On the field we are very aware of the depth of partnership we have with our supporters. However, the oceans that separate us can make that feel distant to those stateside. When supporters can come and see what their prayerful support is doing for the kingdom, I think it creates a special connection.”
Here’s what one participant said, “My biggest take away from our time was the impact the people we talked to are having in kingdom building. Frankly, I was blown away with the number of conversions, the singular goals of pointing people to Jesus, and the details of their approach in training and approaching their world with things of Christ and their salvation.”
One Challenge does not have another vision trip scheduled just yet, but there is talk of one in 2018. If you are interested in joining a group on a vision trip, please contact us at email@example.com.