ALPHA MISSION TEAMS
ALPHA MISSION TEAMS
Learn what it means to be a frontline missionary to an unreached people group.
An Alpha Mission Team is a practical two-year missionary training programme for single people and families. Each team consists of six to ten people, who are guided and trained by an experienced missionary.
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known …”
Do these words of the Apostle Paul resonate with you? Would you too like to make Jesus known in places where people have never had the opportunity to hear of him? Would you like to be well-equipped to do so?
If so, joining an Alpha Mission Team could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for to launch yourself into cross-cultural ministry!
World Outreach is in the process of forming new teams, which will bring the light of the Gospel to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Alpha is the first word in the Greek alphabet. These teams will be among the first to bring the Good News to an unreached people group.
World Outreach needs couples, families, and single people to commit to serve on an Alpha Mission Team. This will involve relocating to and living among an unreached people group for two years.
If you join one of these teams, World Outreach will help you prepare to go by allocating an experienced missionary who will be your mentor while you raise support and prepare to go. We will find accommodation for you in the country and will assist you in obtaining a visa. We will train you in cross-cultural missions and will provide leadership for your team. We will draw from our resources and experience to help your team in any way we can. Together we will trust God to bring forth fruit for his kingdom!
Bringing the love of God to a dark place is not easy. This is not for everyone. We are looking for people who want to be part of God’s plan and make a significant difference for eternity.
If you want to walk a walk of faith with Jesus, be like Isaiah and say to the Lord, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8). Join an Alpha Mission Team!
From day one of the two-year programme, you will be a real missionary. This is apostolic, frontline work. We cannot promise that it will be easy. You probably won’t become famous. But you will feel fulfilled in playing a significant part in helping to fulfil the Great Commission.
Not sure yet if this is for you? Join us for The Ekballo Challenge – a short trip, guided by a seasoned missionary, to an unreached people group. This will give you a taste of what it is like to live with and minister to an unreached people group.
Single people will stay together, as will each family or couple. You will start off with learning the language of the people. Never done this? No worries – you will have learned how to learn a language in The Nations Course.
Every week the team will get together to worship, pray for one another, and encourage one another.
As you progress in learning the language from the people, your WO Team Mentor will send you assignments to guide you in learning more about certain aspects of the culture. All the time you will be on the lookout for the best way to share the Gospel with the people. You will start loving the people.
Once you are sufficiently fluent in the language, you will start sharing the Gospel with the people in a culturally appropriate way. By the grace of God, we believe you will see people become born again children of God – perhaps the first ones ever for your area! And you will have played a part in making it happen!
While all this is going on, you will be reading more about missions, working through the syllabus on a variety of subjects such as Prayer, Anthropology, Language Learning, Spiritual Warfare, Bible Storytelling, Evangelism and Church Planting, and Disciple Making.
The Lord will be with you during the two years, guiding and encouraging you through the Holy Spirit.
Your first faith challenge will be to proactively go out looking for ministry partners who will support you financially. Trust God for the results.
Droves of World Outreach personnel have been faithfully supported by ministry partners for more than eighty years. You will also be. Ministry partners are people who are involved in your ministry from a distance – by committing to pray for you and/or committing to regularly send money towards your support. In this way they are full partners with you. You are responsible to report back to them all that you and the Lord are doing.
The funds you raise from your ministry partners will cover:
You must trust God that the above will be completed at least three months before the team leaves for the field. At that time, you will be required to have bought your flights, and have deposited the money for your return trip and The Nations Course costs with WO.
If you are interested in joining a team, count the cost with prayer and faith. Remember, the Lord is able and willing to provide for you. Once you have gone through the three to six-month application process, and have been approved by World Outreach, you will receive an endorsement letter that you can show to prospective Ministry Partners. We have found that it takes six to twelve months of intentional effort to raise the required support. So start early!
You could also consider reading Funding Your Ministry: An In-depth Guide for Successfully Raising Personal Support by Scott Morton or Funding the Family Business by Myles Wilson.
World Outreach will: