Thank you for responding to what God is stirring in your heart about missions. You may be here because you already know God wants you to serve Him overseas. You may be here only because God nudged you about missions, but you have no idea what that means. Or you may be somewhere in between. No matter where you are, we will help you take your next step.
The Missionary Action Plan (the MAP for short) is a process that will help you sort out what God is asking you to do. God will ask some of you to GO overseas as part of the River Valley 500. But He will ask all of us to:
PRAY MORE for nations in the parts of the world where people do not have access to the Good News about Jesus
HELP SEND missionaries overseas by living more simply and supporting missionaries on a monthly basis or by giving to Kingdom Builders to help missionaries complete projects that will help them reach the unreached.
HELP MOBILIZE people to the mission field as an Advocate for the 500 (You will need training to do that, and Global Project will provide that opportunity for you).
WELCOME people from foreign countries who live right in your neighborhood or in our city, building a friendship with them and sharing your faith with them. (They could wind up being overseas as a missionary to their own people just because you shared Jesus with them!)
Here is what we do know: you have a part to play in reaching the unreached around the world. The Missionary Action Plan is designed to help you discover what your role is.
As you go through the first phase of the MAP, you will be exposed to all of these opportunities to be part of reaching our Bullseye of putting 500 people on the field. The first phase of the MAP helps you grow in your faith and it exposes you to the different roles you can play. Your heart may resonate with one or more of these roles. One thing we know for certain is that God will direct you as you lean in.
We encourage you to register for the MAP (click on the REGISTER FOR THE MAP line on the left side bar).
There are multiple steps in each phase. Don’t let that freak you out. Just take them as they come--or take them out of order, as one of them jumps out at you.
If you know right away that you are called to serve God overseas someday, you can tell us that in your registration process. We will reach out to you about meeting with a MAP coach.
If you are just not sure what God may be asking you to do, just start working your way through the steps and obey God in whatever He asks you to do.
In the meantime, enjoy this journey. Serving God with our whole heart is the greatest joy in the world.
God Bless You,
Your Global Project Team
Please Note - Registering as a married couple requires both individuals to complete Part One (Personal Information and Family Life) of the registration form. Part Two, Callings and Leadership, Church/Leadership Involvement, and References are considered as family responses so only one of you need to fill that section out. In order to complete the spouse portion of this registration, you must log out and have your spouse log in and complete their Part One section.
Vital Relationships for Missions Success
We do not believe that you should go on this journey alone; you need a team of supporters standing beside you. River Valley Church believes in missions, believes in you and wants to help you fulfill the call that God has placed on your life. Here is the support team we highly recommend:
- Global Advocate
A Global Advocate is a trained individual who is both passionate about missions and can walk beside you each step of your journey. They will help you process through key phases and questions and perhaps at times even challenge you to keep going. Ask a current mentor or lay leader in your life to get reach out to Global Project and we’ll provide guidance and resources, so they can fulfill the role successfully.
- Global Support Team
Your Global Support Team is a small group (6-8) of close family and/or friends who will agree to encourage you, challenge you, pray for you and be the ones to remember you on those days when you feel forgotten and perhaps overwhelmed. (Connect with your Advocate for more information.)
- River Valley Church
As your home church, River Valley Church is committed to raising 500 missionaries from our church. We consider it an honor to use our resources to reach the world and will help financially support any approved missionary from River Valley Church.
- Sending Organization/Agency
At some point along the way, you will need to designate a sending organization/agency to partner with. This organization will provide greater training, development and accountability in several critical areas, including financial accountability. (See below more sending organization/agency details.)
- Financial Supporters
In addition to the financial support River Valley Church will provide, as part of the 500, you will need a number of additional financial supporters, including other churches, family members, old friends, coworkers, neighbors, and many others.