Do you want to make a difference in places where the Gospel is still unknown? Do you want to learn how share Christ with people who have never met one of His followers? Do you want to be part of a ministry that is truly innovative?
Innov-Asia offers these opportunities and so much more.
The process begins with two weeks of training in Thailand. You’ll learn how to explore new cultures and discover new opportunities for ministry. Then, you’ll travel to a field site in Asia, where you’ll spend a month putting your new skills into practice. You’ll build relationships, dig into ministry and watch God work. Then, you’ll come back to Thailand and share what God did.
Our motto is: Go. Learn. Reach.Talk to a missions coach to get started!
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for those individuals willing to explore work in Asia, whether in the city or the rural villages. You’ll work among secularists, Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus, as well as with youth, the elderly or those with specific concerns. God may use this to take your faith deeper as a sender, or He might use this to call you to serve cross-culturally. Innov-Asia is an innovation lab. Our goal is to equip you as an apprentice, developing your creative and innovative capacities for sharing Christ in today’s changing world.
What is an Innovation Lab?
“Don’t just study, learn. Don’t just go, make a difference!”
An innovation lab is an intense, interactive, hands-on process. We begin with orientation in Chiang Mai, the second-largest city in Thailand, rich with a diversity of cultures. You’ll spend two weeks learning practical skills for working in Asia. It is an intense and interactive process.
Orientation leads to a month doing fieldwork — exploring what happens in real life with real people. You will be assigned a field site where the team is committed to a creative approach to being salt and light in their community.
Lastly, you will return to Chiang Mai for a week of debriefing and integration. Debriefing is the process of reviewing what you have seen and beginning to make sense of it all! Integration is the process of opening the door to take that learning back to your home. Innov-Asia is not a vacation; it is a life-changing learning process.
How does it all work?
Innov-Asia focuses on three areas:
- Mapping Your Walk — developing a robust faith that sustains you for the long run
- Mapping a New Culture — developing eyes, ears and a heart to read a new culture
- Mapping Ministry at the Edge — developing resources and a framework for ministry among unreached peoples and communities
Where are the field sites?
After Chiang Mai, you will have the opportunity to visit and engage a Muslim, Hindu, secular or Buddhist community. Definite locations are not fixed until early in the year, due to constantly changing circumstances in Asia. Possible locations include:
- A team with mobile medical clinics
- A business in a rural farm community
- A community center in a regional city
What do you need to do next?
First, pray. This will be a significant commitment of your time, faith and finances. You will be challenged and stretched. Pray and ask God if this is from Him for you.
Second, talk to a missions coach! Your coach will help you determine if Innov-Asia is the right fit for you. If it is, they’ll guide you through the application process, from beginning to end. Space is limited to eight apprentices, so pray and apply!