The operations of Christian Enablers will concentrate on the planning for, conduct of, and follow-up of Christian mission trips to Tanzania. The Company anticipates that each mission trip will include a combination of activities, all intended to support the overall mission of discipleship partnering.
The initial planning of mission trips will consist of a combination of the following activities:
- Establishment and development of peer to peer relationships between US and Tanzanian mission team members (discipleship partners),
- Participation in culturally significant activities by mini-teams of discipleship partners,
- Visitation of Tanzanian missions, assistance, observance, and participation in mission significant activities (as determined appropriate on a mission by mission basis),
- Involvement in single day safari adventures,
- Sharing in daily fellowship, including spiritual meditation, discussion, story-telling, and prayer,
- Daily documentation of individual experience,
- Daily documentation of mission team (as a whole) experience and impact,
- Opportunity for individual local exploration, such as local town or park visitation,
- Opportunity for personal devotion and/or free time,
- Opportunity to communicate with loved ones,
- Opportunity for extended stay additional safari.
The specific itinerary and agenda of each mission team’s trip will likely vary. Based upon experience, the length of each mission trip may be adjusted from that of previous mission trips. Refer to the appendix for mission trip component descriptions and options. A sample mission trip itinerary follows:
|Monday||Participate in culturally significant activity||Participate in culturally significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Visit by Mission Leader, Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Tuesday||Visit mission, Extend compassion||At visited mission – participate in culturally & mission significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Wednesday||Participate in Town Tour||Participate in culturally significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Thursday||Safari Day Trip||Safari Day Trip||Update Journal, Picture Book||Visit by Mission Leader, Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Friday||Visit Mission, Extend Compassion||At visited mission – participate in culturally & mission significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Saturday||Culturally Significant Food Market Shopping, deliver to cook for afternoon preparation of evening meal||Relax, inter-personally and in group, compare experiences, catch up & expand documentation of week’s experiences||Fellowship Exercise, Campfire type re-telling, sharing personal stories||Fellowship Exercise, Campfire type re-telling, sharing personal stories|
|Sunday||Morning Worship||Free time, relax, possibly visit mission like hospice, share compassion||Free time, relax||Visit by Mission Leader, Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Monday||Visit Mission, Extend Compassion||At Visited Mission – Culturally & Mission Significant Activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Tuesday||Participate in culturally significant activity||Participate in culturally significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Wednesday||Safari Day Trip||Safari Day Trip||Update Journal, Picture Book||Visit by Mission Leader, Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Thursday||Visit Mission, Extend Compassion||At visited mission – participate in culturally & mission significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Plan CS Prepare for Next Day|
|Friday||Participate in culturally significant activity||Participate in culturally significant activity||Update Journal, Picture Book||Fellowship Exercise, Prepare for Next Day|
|Saturday||Review as a group experiences, update documentations, document lessons learned and friends made||Plan and coordinate return home. Logistics oriented.||Free time or prayer, mingling||Free time or prayer, mingling|
At the heart of discipleship partnership lies the peer to peer relationships that missioners will be challenged to develop. Upon arrival in Tanzania or shortly thereafter, each US missioner will be introduced to a Tanzanian Christian disciple of the same gender and approximate age. Throughout the mission trip, discipleship teams will participate in mission activities together. Discipleship partners will assist each other in the accomplishment of activities, the rendering of compassion, the observance of mission programs, the exchanging of stories and life experiences, and the development of friendships.
Missioners from the United States will be challenged to participate in various culturally significant activities. Each activity will mimic an activity that commonly illustrates a part of life in Tanzania. Where practical, these activities will be structured to create miniature friendly competitions. In all cases, they will be structured to create an educationally entertaining experience in a safe and monitored context.
A photographer (cinematographer) will accompany each mission team, and will take pictures and videos of missioner participation in culturally significant activities. Pictures will be printed locally and made available to participants within a day.
Each participant will daily document their experience with pictures and their own documented re-telling in a picture book and journal that they will take home with them. Each culturally significant event will serve to create an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime, thereafter.
Each mission trip will include missioner visitation of multiple missions carried on in Tanzania. Where a US missioner’s church participates in the support of a Tanzanian mission, mission visits will include visitation of the missioner’s church-supported mission.
Where practical, each missioner will be asked to participate in a pre-selected mission activity. For example, if a missioner visits an orphanage, the missioner and discipleship partner may participate in a typical game with one or more orphans. It may also include the joint participation in song and dance, orphans asked to teach the disciples a song or dance.
At a hospice, a missioner may be asked to accompany a nurse in his/her routine of patient care. A patient’s story may be shared with the missioner. The discipleship partners may participate in a special prayer for the hospice patient. Disciples may receive an introduction to a family member. A short lessen in the transmission and effects of AIDs may be offered to visiting disciples.
Although the purpose of any mission trip will emphasize discipleship, the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure should always be made available. There exists several safari adventures that a person or group can take in a single day. These include visitations to;
- Tarangire National Park
- Arusha National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
Other lesser known safari adventures may provide alternative experiences.
Each mission trip will include the scheduling of multiple single day safaris. At the conclusion of each single day safari, story-telling and experience sharing will be included in the time devoted to fellowship.
At the conclusion of each day, a time of fellowship will be provided. Fellowship will involve the exchange of adventures, experience re-telling, and compassion-sharing. Fellowship will also include simple activities, such as language sharing, pre-trip life experience trading, Bible study, meditation and prayer.
When the next day’s schedule involves a visit to a mission, a mission representative will be given the opportunity to join the fellowship period to explain their mission and to prepare discipleship teams for the next day’s anticipated mission involvement.
An objective for each discipleship experience will include the creation of unforgettable experience. Although each activity will seek to create its own special remembering, the accumulation of activity after unique activity will likely compete for prominence in each missioner’s mind.
Each missioner will be provided a journal and a picture book. Each will be challenged to contribute new remembrances daily to these documentation receptacles. Pictures and mementoes will add greatly to each person’s ability to later remember, appreciate, re-tell, and virtually re-live his experience. Therefore, documentation of mission experience will constitute an important part of each mission trip.
In addition, each mission trip will include the overall chronicling of team experiences. Videos, photos, and mentor comments and discussion will contribute to each mission’s documentary. Each documentary will be provided to Mentor, for group presentation and informing of sponsoring churches.
Disciples will be given the opportunity to walk through the streets of Arusha. US disciples will be accompanied by Tanzanian disciples so that local culture, vendor interactions, and potential shopping can be done with the application of local wisdom. Overall town exploration will be supervised by US and TZ mentors, to ensure safety and recovery from possibly awkward circumstances.
Although each mission trip will involve significant structure and design, time will also be allotted to the exercise of a bit of personal freedom, devotion, communication back home, and rest.
One or more US missioners may elect to extend their trips to include a multi-day safari adventure, such as through the Serengeti National Forest of Tanzania. Although such extensions will not be scheduled as part of the mission, some may elect to take further advantage of their trip to Tanzania in order to experience additional safari adventure.