Everything will change. A Ministry of WorldVenture.
The Philippines is a country of extremes from large cities to tribal farming communities. There are many people groups and languages that stretch across the hundreds of Islands that make up the Philippines. It is a land of beauty and tremendous gospel potential. The Filipino people are known world-wide for their friendliness, hospitality, and joyful service. The generosity of the people is amazing. Even though they live hard lives, they choose to serve the needs around them with a glad heart. The Filipino is not afraid of sacrifice and hard work. We as the body of Christ and our Journey Corps teams can learn much from the Philippine Church about what it means to "offer our bodies as living sacrifices."
The church in the philippines is healthy and all about Jesus. The focus is on making Christ known where he is not. There are many types of ministry taking place but they all further this underlying effort. Journeyers who participate in this location will learn how Asia will play a huge role in the future of Global Christianity. They will learn the importance and role of the local church as a foundation for all types of ministry.
Each world area represents a unique learning context, a specific perspective of God's mission. Journey Corps will make several of these learning contexts available to young adults. We believe that as we humbly follow Jesus across cultural barriers He will teach us and transform us for His mission
For many years the Philippines was a church planters training ground. Our WorldVenture leadership in the country are both passionate and experienced church planters. This ethos has passed to the church association that WV started fifty years ago. Now that association is continuing to advance the church into places where it has never been.
The maturity of the Filipino church has lead to a very broad ministry style. There are many needs that are still present in the Philippines. This means that Journeyers have the opportunity to serve in a litany of ministry types. Here is are some examples
Ministry in Asia is very exciting because it is relatively easy to travel in Asia. Travel is affordable. One of the goals of this location is to expose you to Asian culture in general. This may mean taking short term trips to other parts of Asia during your program.
One of the lessons learned in the Philippines is that many churches can be started but it does not necessarily transform communities. Therefore a concerted effort is being made by the evangelical community to be very intentional about community transformation. We see this being applied to Journey Corps in two ways.
First is through being a significant influence in different sectors of society, like family, religion, education, business, arts & media, government, and health. Having Journeyers involved in one or more of these arenas of life will help us to be effective change agents in community transformation.
Second is through Business as Mission (BAM) initiatives. This not only includes challenging businessmen and employees to be “salt & light” in their places of work, but it may also include developing for-profit businesses where the profit is funneled back into the ministry, or assisting individuals in starting their own micro finance projects.
All Journeyers will participate in a training called PDX (Partner Development Express) several months before their intended departure date. This training is located in Colorado. Each team meets again in Colorado for pre-field training the week of their departure. They will all travel together to the field.
Journeyers will participate in 6 weeks at the Training Center initially before they are sent out to their ministry sites. The first 2 weeks will be used for spiritual formation (developing prayer & quiet time), relationship-building, cultural orientation, and training in witnessing tools.
The next 4 weeks will be set aside almost exclusively for language learning, with the goal of helping the Journeyer be able to communicate through casual and basic conversation. The language integration will be 3 hours of classroom study daily, 2 hours of “marketplace” practice, and 1 hour of homework.
Following the initial six weeks of cultural and language learning, and ministry skills training, each Journeyer will go to their ministry location in different cities and islands. They will get acquainted with their host Filipino family that they will be living with, connect to the local church they will be working with, and become familiar with the other ministries they will be engaging in. For the next six weeks they will be involved in on-site ministry. American and/or Filipino mentors will be visiting periodically to see how things are going.
Following the six weeks, all of the Journeyers will reconvene at the Training Center for debriefing and further training for 7-10 days, then they will return to their places of ministry for another two months. This schedule will continue for the whole year.