e3 Partners plans virtual mission trips and other digital ministry as the COVID-19 pandemic prevents traditional overseas travel.
But e3 Partners plans to conduct mission trips virtually. “I think it’ll be something that will continue when this is over,” Jim Shannon says. “Because not everybody can hop on a plane and fly 16 hours.”
Shannon describes the virtual mission trips this way: “Let’s say this is a week-long virtual mission trip. Starting Sunday night, we would have a one or two-hour session on Zoom. We would have the national partner on the line, and let that partner talk about what God is doing in that location. What his challenges are, what his success stories are.”
Attendees will receive remote training for how to share the Gospel well. Shannon says, “We’ll be doing virtual prayer walks. In other words, if they’re going to go out into a neighborhood, we’re going to get the coordinates on Google Earth and we’re going to do virtual prayer walks. While those teams are out there sharing the Gospel, we’re going to be prayer walking with them on Google Earth.”
People joining virtual mission trips will interact with partners and pastors on the ground, learn from them, and accompany them digitally as they minister. “Just because we can can’t go abroad physically, that doesn’t mean that we can’t participate in what God’s doing around the world,” Shannon says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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