Do you want to learn what it takes to make a difference at the ends of the earth? Do you want to learn how to show the hope of Jesus Christ among those who may have never met a follower of Jesus Christ in their whole lives?
Innov-Asia is a unique opportunity to explore these questions and so much more. The process begins with two weeks in Thailand. Then each apprentice travels to a field site in the Asia Pacific Region for a month. After which, the participants return to Thailand for a week of Debriefing and Integration.
Our motto is: Go. Learn. Reach.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for those individuals willing to explore work at the ends of the earth, whether in the city or the rural villages, among Secularists, Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus, and/or 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” with the goal of equipping you as an apprentice to develop your creative and innovative capacities for sharing the Hope of Jesus 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—two weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand, learning ‘laboratory’ 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 Debrief 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 with you 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 and 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, which is the second-largest city in Thailand rich with a diversity of cultures, you will have the opportunity to visit and engage a Muslim, Hindu, Secular or Buddhist community. Definite locations are not fixed until early in 2020 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
- A couple more locations with other models
What do you need to do next?
First, pray. This will be a significant commitment of your time, faith, and monies. 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—and will then guide you through the application process. Submit an inquiry at TEAM.org right away and a coach near you will be in touch. Space is limited to eight apprentices! So Pray and Apply!