The Himalayan region has always held a special allure and mysticism.
The Tibetan Plateau, the roof of the world, explodes into the world’s highest peaks, creating one of the most dramatic and naturally formidable regions in the world. This is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, home to Holy Mountains, high-altitude shrines, and fluttering strands of prayer flags. At the heart of the 10/40 window, this extreme geography has fostered one of the most diverse and spiritually unreached areas of the world, with 461 different Unreached People Groups in the Tibetan-Himalayan group.
This Pioneering Team will be eyes and ears into a region that we have barely scratched the surface of understanding. This team will provide both factual information on the region, as well as spiritual context for what the Lord is doing here.
While a minor focus of this trip will be to find ministry partners for future teams, the primary goal will be to join the Lord in what He’s doing in this region, and to share the Gospel with Himalayan Communities; the training will reflect this. Any ministry partnerships developed or ministry opportunities pursued should be an overflow of the team’s focus on relational discipleship and having Gospel conversations.
This trip will be much more autonomous and loosely framed than the World Race. While still comprising a journey (both physically and spiritually), this trip will be more adaptable to the desires, skillsets, and callings of the participants. The team will be expected to follow the ways the Lord is leading, join Him in His work in this region, and practice what they have learned on the World Race. There will not be set ministry; rather, ministry will be largely as the participant makes it. This trip is for those who believe that life is ministry, and don’t require a schedule or organization to tell them when and what to do. This will require discernment and obedience, as well as self-motivation and resourcefulness.
This trip provides mid-term access and exposure for Alumni who may have a heart for this region, or for Hindu or Buddhist peoples. While not long term, and while long term aspirations are not at all required to join this team, consider this trip a mid-term launch pad. Until all have heard.
Trip Dates: February 2 - July 2, 2018
Training and Debrief: Will occur immediately before and after in Gainesville, GA