Photo by Larry McCrary
The Upstream Collective is a ministry that helps churches and individuals think and act like missionaries. One part of the work they do this is host Jet Set trips that take local pastors and leaders out of their local context and into a foreign culture to prompt missionary thought and practice.
For the last 10 days they have been on the ground doing this very thing in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with Ed Stetzer, the President of Lifeway Research. Larry McCrary and Rodney Calfee, two of the four authors, have been putting practice to the missionary skills they outline in their book, Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission such as mapping, contextualization, finding persons of peace, etc. You can get the book here.
Equipped to Go works closely with The Upstream Collective and we thought you might be interested in some of the ministries visited during their time in South Africa.
The Door of Hope, in Johannesburg, seeks to help meet the needs of abandoned, abused and orphaned children in South Africa, by providing loving and stable Christian environments, so that they may grow up to be people that have a positive effect in South Africa and the world.
You can watch a video here: The Door of Hope
Living Hope Ministry, in Cape Town, uses a holistic approach to support those both affected and infected by HIV and AIDS, and other chronic diseases through four ministry areas: Living Care (health care), Living Grace (homeless and substance abuse), Living Right (prevention), Living Way (economic empowerment).
You can learn more about this ministry here.
One Community, one of the many One Life Matters projects, seeks to transform a community by loving orphans, caring for the dying and bringing hope to those who live in poverty and despair. Many children become the head of their household because the parents have died of AIDs. In child-headed households, the oldest child raises the younger ones and therefore doesn’t go to school.
Learn more here.
The Upstream Collective’s next Jet Set is unique since it is here in the States. The Portland Jet Set trip, October 13-17, is a look behind the curtain of the social experiment called Portland as seen in the episodes of Portlandia. They will use Portland as a living laboratory to study missiological thinking and develop missionary skills. Visit Jet Set, to learn more about how you can participate in this and other future trips with Upstream.