The primary way we we engage in Mission Outreach is through responding to Macedonian calls that come in from around the world. Often these come from those contexts where the Holy Spirit is moving to bring awakening and Kingdom advancement in churches already established.
We have sponsored and sent longer term missionaries into particular strategic areas but generally we have been involved more on the short term basis partnering with local church leaders.
The Nature of PRMI Trips
PRMI’s short term mission trips are strategic opportunities to advance the Kingdom of God. Our approach is to discerns a kairos moment in a country and discern if the Holy Spirit is calling us to step into it and how. Often our response is to by sending a short term mission team.
The purpose of PRMI teams is to teach about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. As in all PRMI teaching, this includes not only presentation of materials, but also practice of the principles taught, inviting God to pour out the HS and supporting the experience with prayer. This also includes teaching about and modeling the concept of cooperating with the Holy Spirit.
These trips don’t just exist in and of themselves. They are a means of fulfilling some larger goals as articulated by the Missions Vision Implementation Team:
- To equip church leaders around the world to do ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit and to teach others to do the same.
- To carry out mission outreach as ministry (mission team members and their supporters/churches grow in understanding of the Great Commission, in ways to do it effectively, and into a deeper relationship with Christ).
- To inspire team members and their supporters to creatively renew home congregations.
- To build financial, spiritual and prayer support for PRMI administrative services and full-time workers in foreign countries.
- To raise up new teams for more countries.
A Philosophy of Partnership
PRMI’s philosophy is to build cooperative relationship where we’re partnering with people from other countries. This means that we not only go to places where we have been invited, but that we purposefully involve and develop local leadership.
Development of this cooperative relationship can be initiated and developed in a number of ways, therefore there can be several different kinds of mission trips depending on the stage of development in the relationship and local needs. Some examples include:
- A Pioneer trip, to discern if there is a kairos moment (small team of 1-2 people). This may come out of an invitation to PRMI or a personal relationship with someone in the Dunamis Fellowship. It might be in the form of an invitation to speak at a conference or simply a visit to meet and discuss possibilities with leaders.
- A Prayer tour which focuses on doing prayer work on site. The focus is not on formal teaching but to do spiritual preparation, breaking ground in the spirit realm and developing personal relationships with local people.
- A follow-up trip to respond to an opportunity may involve limited teaching, like an Ignite, or more extended teaching, such as a Dunamis Project seminar. The topics are negotiated with the local leaders. This usually involves a larger team.
- Doing a series of trips to implement a full Dunamis track.
Discerning Mission Opportunities
The process of discerning where, when and who should go is seldom an orderly process of sequential steps, but rather an ongoing creative process of prayer, presenting vision and seizing opportunities. Some indicators about whether now is a kairos moment and who the team leader should be include:
- Are the doors open? Is PRMI invited?
- Responding to a given opportunity
- Is this from the Lord? For now? For our ministry?
- Creating opportunity by prayer, presenting vision, seizing opportunity
- Dynamic discernment process by the VIT
- Are one or more people burdened for this country and moment?
- Describe the opportunity. Is the purpose clear? What is the goal for the nationals when the trip is over?