The Journey program is a cross-cultural missions simulation experience that helps participants know what it is like to become a cross-cultural missionary. This past Saturday BTL (a partner organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Kenya) had about 90 people from local churches attend their Journey program.
Participants started in the comfort zone–a room with snacks and cartoons playing on a TV. They went from there to the call where they learned more about missions and Bible translation. Then, they experienced simulations of going to a local church to get financial support, and participated in simulations of Bible school, and language and cross-cultural training.
Each of these training courses had to be paid for with Journey money they received from their local church. If they ran out of the money on the way, they had to go back to their local church and raise more financial support. When they completed all their training, they were commissioned by their local church to go.
Then, participants worked to secure passports and visas. Their experience was topped off with a meal featuring foreign foods, their arrival to the foreign land where they were sent (including getting hassled by people pretending to be customs agents), and time to interact with a group of people they were called to serve.
Even though the whole experience was only a few hours for each participant, it still had characteristics of what we experienced as we went from our home to here. If you ever have the chance to do it, we recommend it.
Carol Kamau, Resource Development Manager for BTL, said, “…many of the participants renewed their resolve to be more involved in missions…. For some the Journey made them realize that missions is not for a select group of people. Even they, too, needed to be involved. Others resolved to begin supporting missions through prayer and finances.”
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