THE EKBALLŌ CHALLENGE
THE EKBALLŌ CHALLENGE
Join a life-changing adventure to an unreached people group.
The Ekballō Challenge is an exciting seven-day visit with an unreached people group. Make contact with local people, learn about their culture and religion, and get a taste of what it’s like to be a frontier missionary. A seasoned missionary will guide you on this challenging journey. It can be a little like the TV show The Amazing Race (but not as physically challenging). Be ready for an unforgettable experience!
Perhaps you are interested in becoming a missionary yourself, or maybe you want to learn more so you can pray and support missionaries better. Come and see the sights, taste the tastes, and smell the smells. Return to your church a changed person. See for yourself one of the places where God is waiting expectantly to make his next move.
“To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from Ekballō. I knew the word meant, “thrust out,” and this implied some sort of adventure, which appealed a lot … I was able to live vicariously as a missionary through our leaders’ stories and experiences, so much so that I feel a little dissatisfied with my spoilt lifestyle back in Johannesburg since I have returned. It feels as though the spiritual richness is gone and has been replaced with material richness, which is indeed a poor substitute … Ekballō deeply unsettled me. It made me restless for more of God’s kingdom. I’m probably in the process of being ejected from my comfortable couch in front of the fireplace. All I can say is, “God, I am willing. Use me.”
“I wanted to thank you both so much for the wonderful Ekballō week. I can’t believe how utterly clueless I have been about the depth of the sacrifice and challenges missionaries face. I am downright embarrassed. I wish I could rewind how I have spent my money and time for the last ten years (at least). I just want a paradigm shift in my own heart and life and in the heart of the church. One of my favourite scriptures is, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained” (Prov. 29:18 NASB). I know I will be praying for the church to catch the vision at a new level. It is hard to articulate the depth of work I feel the Lord has done with Ekballō. ”
What does “ekballō” mean?
[Jesus] said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). The Greek word “ekballō” is translated here as “send out.”
Will it be dangerous?
It could be, but probably won’t be. You are required to sign an indemnity form, follow the missionaries’ rules in each location, and trust the Lord.
Who can join?
You need to be eighteen or older.