The life we have in Christ is a journey. It is not a destination, or an experience. It's not a trip.
From the day we are born, God knows us intimately and creates us for purposes that He alone prepares in advance for us to do. As we look at the journey of our Life in Christ, one of the blessings He has given us is to be a part of His Kingdom work. Whether that is here or across the ocean in a faraway land, we are called to be His witnesses, and are commanded to go and make disciples.
At Bent Tree, we have been blessed as a church to be a part of what God is doing around the world. Through His spirit within us, we pray, we send, we go. It is a divine sending. God uses these opportunities to draw us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him as we see that He truly is a God of all the Nations, and our lives are never the same. It is indeed a journey!
Bent Tree is honored to come alongside you as you take your first steps in this journey.
To ensure that the participants, leaders, and overall team are fully prepared for the journey, we want to explain the process, next steps, and requirements that are necessary. The following requirements are mandatory pre- and post-journey. By submitting an online application, you agree to complete the following steps:
Choose a journey and submit the appropriate application below. The journey leader will contact you within 72 business hours of submission. If you've filled out a full application in the last 12 months, there's an abbreviated application for your convenience.
Please Note: The online applications will automatically log you out after 30 minutes without notification, and your work will be lost. Please have your passport and health insurance card on hand before you begin.
Bring the following items to the mandatory meeting for all teams on March 2. Attendance is required.
- Participant Forms (Notary Public will be on-hand at the meeting)
- Copy of Drivers License
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of Health Insurance Card
- $150 Deposit
Attend pre-journey meetings as designated by your journey team leader.
Obtain immunizations based on destination requirements. See journey leader for complete list. (Immunization costs are not included in the price of the trip and may range from approximately $100-$500 depending on a person's current immunization status and personal insurance coverages.)
Raise individual prayer and financial support for your Mission Journey.
Still have questions? See our FAQs document for more information.
CHOOSE A JOURNEY
Click on the buttons below to find out what mission journeys are available for each focus area. Learn more about the four Cs of Bent Tree's mission strategy here.
Be part of a team that works with local Brazilian church partners in establishing relationships with villages along the Amazon River. For more information contact Brian Johnson
or Phyllis Woodward
Dates: June 28-July 7, 2013.
Informational Meeting: January 20, after second service in the church offices
Maratha-focused vision trip to acquaint Bent Tree members with the country of India and the ministry that is happening in the state of Maharashtra through church planting. The team will have a chance to prayer walk, participate in a Sunday church service, and attend Downpour (worship service). In addition, this will be a time to encourage our brothers and sisters and meet the current group of new church planters at the Bible college. We hope to assist in a vacation Bible school for children in some of the cell churches in Pune. For more info contact Kurt Baxter
or Lisa Bryant
Dates: June 20-30, 2013.
Informational Meeting: January 27, between services, on International Side of Bent Tree
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This Mission Journey will have a dual purpose to serve alongside one of our global partners and missionaries, Michael and Florence Kyomya. The team will assist with a vocational training program that will teach youth how to construct a basic shelter using earthen building techniques. This will help Hesed build into the community they live in and provide opportunities for young men to learn a needed skill. In addition, part of the team will have the pleasure of investing in some of the woman leaders through interactive teaching. For more information contact Kristi McCallon
or Shane DePaul
Date: July 18-29, 2013.
Informational Meeting: January 27, after each service (location TBD)
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Through this Mission Journey you will be exposed to many of the different cultures that collide and coexist in London. You will gain skills to "read a city" and understand strategic ways to live out the gospel in an urban context where you live. You will have an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and stretch your mind at the same time as you are exposed to issues, people, and the needs of the city. Bent Tree will come alongside Matryoshka Haus, an organization whose vision is to design creative solutions for social change. The group's members have a keen understanding of the strategic and missional significance and opportunities of the city. In addition, the team will have the opportunity to see first-hand the ministry of Telling the Truth
(via Premier Radio) as a part of the Mission Journey. For more info contact Michelle Attar
Date: June 14-23, 2013.
Informational Meeting: January 27, between services, in church offices
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Bent Tree will be partnering with Kids Alive International as it provides Christian care for orphaned children and people who have suffered from the effects of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. The Clearing* will lead Bent Tree in this Mission Journey as we see first-hand the needs of the community and assist with much-needed construction in the village. For more information contact Grant Miller
or Kevin Malone
Dates: June 7-16, 2013
Informational Meeting: January 31, 8:30 pm (after the Clearing) in the Treehouse
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*The Clearing is Bent Tree's ministry for 20-somethings to connect people, build disciples, and lead the church.
Impact of Hope
and Quiet Corner
Come alongside Bent Tree missionaries Murli and Usha Menon as they minister to children in need. Participants on this Mission Journey will not only learn about the needs of children at risk around the world, but they will have an opportunity to invest in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children through a week-long outreach. The team will live on the campus of Impact of Hope and will spend a few days focused on prayer with supported missionaries Thomas and MaryKutty Samuel at Quiet Corner. For more info contact Aaron Bensko
or Jenny Bensko
Date: June 13-23, 2013
Informational Meeting: January 27, 12:45 pm. Meet at main office reception desk.
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Potential Mission Journeys
For additional information on Mission Journeys, contact Marganne Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brittany Montgomery at email@example.com.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…" Isaiah 61
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