Did you know Watermark now launches about a dozen international trips each year? Individuals and groups, families and ministry areas, specialty teams and others continue our impactful partnerships by trekking to these nations, building relationships, sharing the Gospel, and accomplishing other important tasks.
CORE VALUES FOR OUR DISCIPLESHIP TRIPS
- The “good news” should accompany “good works" - as we serve, we want to provide for people's spiritual needs while meeting many other needs.
- We want to work through, empower, and support local (indigenous) churches and ministries.
- We focus on developing people and restoring systems – not just on providing relief.
- As we seek to disciple others, international trips are a powerful opportunity to disciple our own people, as well
UPCOMING TRIPS WITH OPEN INVITATIONS
- Haiti Family Trip: Nov. 17-22, 2016 (applications due now)
- Haiti Young Adults Trip (tentative): Nov. 19-26, 2016 (applications due now)
- Haiti Family Trip: Feb. 16-21, 2017 (applications due this fall)
- Haiti Single Adults (30s-50s) Trip: Feb. 25 - Mar. 4, 2017
- Haiti Medical Trip: Mar. 13-17, 2017
- Ethiopia Trips: Summer 2017 (applications due this fall)
- If you're interested in taking a different trip in the future, please email email@example.com to let us know.
Several Haiti trips are taken throughout the year to join Mission of Hope Haiti in its work. Anyone is elegible for a trip if they are a Watermark member, in an active Community Group, and serving internally or externally. Family Trips are for any two members (or more) of a family. If this includes kids, they must be 3rd grade or older. Medical Trips are for medical professionals and their family members.
Applications for Haiti trips can be found below. Team makeup is across the spectrum of Watermark Church, and there are often trips planned around life stage or specific ministries (such as Family Trip, Porch Volunteers Trip, etc.). We're also excited to help Community Groups or Foundation Groups go together to Haiti. Read about past trips at watermarkblogs.org/haiti.
If you're interested in one of the trips listed at the top of the page, please check out the following:
- Read this first: "Everything You Need to Know" handout
- Haiti Info handout
- For all trips, you'll need to fill out this application
Through our relationship with E3 Partners, Watermark members help plant churches, build relationships, and share the gospel directly in Ethiopian villages and cities. Our Discipleship Trips to Ethiopia focus largely on evangelism and relationship-building in conjunction with indigenous churches. Watermark members have seen hundreds of individuals make decisions for Christ in the last few years. Following our visits, our church partners in the area continue those relationships and discipleship opportunities. (For a video from last summer's trips, click here. Or visit watermarkblogs.org/africa and use the links on the side to read about past Ethiopia trips.)
There are two to four Ethiopia trips each summer, but selections begin in October / November. Anyone is elegible for a trip if they are a Watermark member, in an active Community Group, and serving internally or externally. Because E3 Ministries handles selection and training for these Discipleship Trips directly, contact Tim Coblentz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Or to apply, use the links below:
- Read this first: "Everything You Need to Know" handout
- To be notified about next year's trip application process in the fall, contact email@example.com
ALARM AFRICA TRIPS
Watermark’s efforts with ALARM are viewed as our best leadership and discipleship opportunity. Because of the nature of what we’re teaching and the location of our teaching, a great deal of prayer and thought is given regarding whom we ask to take part. Because an African pastor often views anyone teaching from our teams as teaching with the authority and wisdom of a pastor or elder, those who go must have shown themselves worthy of the opportunity on a local level before an invitation is considered or extended.
To be part of these ALARM trips, a person must be a member, in an active Community Group, and be leading in ministry with Watermark either internally (i.e., teaching an equipping class, leading a foundation group, on leadership for a ministry) or externally (i.e., serving as an External Focus Lay Leader). Those who go must also be comfortable and capable as teachers for audiences of 100 or more Africans. Finally, they must also have demonstrated an ability to apply scripture to difficult issues and circumstances, because that is at the core of all our teaching.
You can get a great picture of what's been happening through blog posts from past trips at watermarkblogs.org/africa (use the links on the side to choose past ALARM trips).
The process of becoming part of an ALARM trip begins with nomination by a staff member or ministry leader. All nominees are reviewed by the EF International Directional team, the trip leaders, and the elders to be sure there is no known concern. Once the final nominating list is developed and vetted, invitations are sent with the hope of creating teams that are as effective as possible.
Please contact the External Focus Team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY IS MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED FOR TRIPS?
While we encourage anyone to invest in needs around the world, Watermark's short-term Discipleship Trips are reserved for those who have chosen to go "all-in" with us through membership. Why?
First, trip-goers are representatives of both Christ and Watermark, and they're participating in projects and relationships that Watermark has been building for many years. Second, we know that it's important for people to have community around them who can help them process this opportunity, help them prepare, and pray for them throughout the process and during the trip. Third, it's important for people to be plugged into service locally before they seek to use their gifts and talents overseas. Finally, we truly want to disciple participants through the preparation, the trip itself, and the follow-up after the trip. Membership is important for the commitment and accountability involved.