What is a mission project?
As well as sending out mission partners, we support indigenous partners running projects in their own countries. Currently we support 17 projects, all involved in training bible trainers or direct evangelism. Our mission projects face fewer barriers in background, culture and language, so this kind of gospel work can be more effective, and cost-effective, than sending out mission partners. In some cases, it may cost more to send one British couple overseas than to employ 10 locals to do the same work.
To encourage mission projects to continue independently of Crosslinks, we work with them for a set duration (usually three years). Often, we taper our financial commitment to encourage local believers and churches to own their mission work more fully. By giving our mission projects prayer and financial support, we encourage local people to build local initiatives in local mission. We can also offer British and Irish churches and individuals the chance to become involved in these projects through partnering.
How does Crosslinks choose mission projects?
We select only the most strategic ministries and the best, most reliable leaders. Mission projects go through an application process, satisfying a number of criteria. They must also come commended by an individual we know and trust, such as a Crosslinks staff member or mission partner. This person then gives local oversight and provides financial accountability.
How can I get involved?
It’s great for our mission projects to know that others around the world are praying and concerned for their work. They also value the financial support of gospel partnerships. Without this, much of the work could not take place.
In Britain and Ireland, we look for churches and individuals to commit to partnerships with mission projects, usually for the duration of our support period. We put supporters in direct touch with mission projects, enabling them to build a relationship.
Partnerships involve regular two-way communication by email, letter or phone, and reciprocal prayer. It may involve supporters giving financially. If you or your church would like to explore a partnership with a mission project, please get in touch.