Overview of Adventures In Missions


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An overview of Georgia-based nonprofit Adventures In Missions, a short-term missions organization that mobilizes young Christians to travel all over the world to serve the poor in the name of Jesus.

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  • **Blue – countries we have worked in over the past decade. **Red – new countries that we have recently gone into (2009-10)
  • Overview of Adventures In Missions

    1. 1. Adventures In Missions Changing lives through Short-Term Missions
    2. 2. History of Adventures In Missions <ul><li>Founded in 1989 by Seth Barnes in a small garage office </li></ul><ul><li>1992 – over 1,000 people join AIM on summer mission trips </li></ul><ul><li>Today – over 80,000 people sent out on short-term mission trips since 1989 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Where we go… over 80,000 participants sent out 70+ countries 20 years
    4. 4. The Vision <ul><li>“ To raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Christ” </li></ul><ul><li>Change lives the way Jesus did through a focus on discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Listening for God’s direction in our work among the poorest of the poor </li></ul>
    5. 5. Youth Group Trips <ul><li>“ We came into the trip expecting to help others, but we never realized how much we would actually get out of it.” </li></ul>
    6. 6. Youth Group Trips <ul><li>Trips ranging from 3 days up to 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of group needs </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-trip training and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Complete trip management, allowing leaders to focus on discipleship of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Debrief of the trip experience </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up ministry </li></ul>
    7. 7. Adult and Family Trips <ul><li>“ I’d read the statistics. But then I traveled to Swaziland and I held a statistic and talked to a statistic…It was totally different.” </li></ul>
    8. 8. Adult and Family Trips <ul><li>Vision trips </li></ul><ul><li>Men’s/Women’s groups </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Break trips </li></ul><ul><li>Family-oriented trips </li></ul>
    9. 9. Ambassadors <ul><li>“ During my daughter’s time with AIM, she learned to pray and be content…She came back loving God, those in need, and her family in a bigger and deeper way.” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Ambassadors <ul><li>Ages 14-18 </li></ul><ul><li>Trips ranging from 2 to 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Designed as an exposure to awaken teens to the concept of calling and discipleship </li></ul>
    11. 11. Real Life <ul><li>“ I know that I am ruined for doing anything other than reaching out to the hurt and the lost of this world.” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Real Life <ul><li>Ages 18-22 </li></ul><ul><li>Trips ranging from 1 to 3 months </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to take young adults further in their growth with God </li></ul>
    13. 13. The World Race <ul><li>“… is about saving me. Saving me from a life of complacency. I’m starting to find the true person that God created in me.” </li></ul>
    14. 14. The World Race <ul><li>Ages 21-35 </li></ul><ul><li>11 month trip to 11 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Uses adventure and pilgrimage to initiate young adults into a Kingdom-minded life </li></ul>
    15. 15. Disaster Relief <ul><li>“ There is a space to fill. There’s an open window for us as the Church to go and fill that space. I can feel the holy anticipation in my spirit whenever I think about Haiti.” </li></ul>
    16. 16. Disaster Relief <ul><li>Hurricane Katrina </li></ul><ul><li>Haiti Earthquake </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Church-to-church network </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. The AIM Difference <ul><li>“ To succeed, we must constantly attempt things which are doomed to fail without God.” </li></ul>
    18. 18. AIM Distinctives <ul><li>Interdenominationalism and Unity </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership through the local church </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Discipleship vs. Evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Church without walls </li></ul><ul><li>First to the poor, the oppressed, and the hopeless </li></ul>
    19. 19. How can you help?
    20. 20. How can you help? <ul><li>Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go on a trip, Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spread the Word about AIM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To your church, friends and family </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff members, Programs, General Giving </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. To contact us or stay informed: <ul><li>Website: www.adventures.org </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (770) 983-1060 or 1-800-881-2461 </li></ul><ul><li>6000 Wellspring Trail, Gainesville, GA 30506 </li></ul>
    22. 22. Adventures In Missions Changing lives through Short-Term Missions