What is MAP?

Picture2MAP is a year-long opportunity for young adults to learn about and serve in overseas mission. There are various ways to take part: as a Church team, a youth group, or an individual with support from the Elim Missions department.

Whether you've just left school, are starting university, or working full time, this journey of learning will help you develop your understanding of international mission alongside work or study. MAP provides short-term missionary training to prepare each participant before taking part in a mission trip overseas.

Applications can be made at any time.

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Picture3Who is it for?

For Church Teams or Youth Groups who are interested in participating in God’s global mission through international ministry.

This course is for those in full or part-time work or study, those who feel like they are still working things out and those who have it all together. It is for all those who are ready to go on a journey discovering the power of Christ across the world and how they can play a part in His plan.

What will I get out of it?

  • An understanding of missional living.
  • Knowledge and experience of overseas mission.
  • A spiritual and physical journey to explore God's heart for the lost.
  • A new perspective and outlook on life.

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The content of the training is designed specifically for those who may not have had vast previous experience of serving oversees. Each applicant has their own mission booklet and there is a specific team leader’s booklet that contains further guidance for team building activities etc. that can be used throughout the course.

The training timeline can be adapted to fit your group’s situation. There are 10 sessions, which can be delivered over a timeline of your preference. To ensure appropriate time for the practical preparations of an overseas trip, we would recommend starting this process at least 3 months before your departure date.

The idea is to journey through the everyday challenges of work and study, putting into context how the two can work hand in hand.

Content Includes:

  • Practical Guidance
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • God’s Mission for the Church
  • What is the Gospel
  • God's Heart for the Lost
  • Understanding Culture
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Sharing with a Translator
  • Ethics of aid
  • Team Dynamics

Cost

The training course is entirely free for Church / Youth Groups. All expenses for MAP are specifically to cover the overseas placement. The cost of each placement varies, depending on your choice of location. Click here for a list of approximate placement locations and costs:

If you do not already have a valid criminal record check through Elim, we can do this for you at a cost of £15.

Placement Locations

Elim Missions has a variety of placement options available to you. Elim Missions staff would be more than happy to discuss the different options available to explore which one could be the most appropriate for your team’s gifting, skills and budget.

Next Steps

If you are an individual who would like your church to be involved, contact your youth group leader or Church pastor. If your Church cannot participate, have a look at the option for Individuals on MAP.

If you are thinking of leading a team with MAP, we would love to hear from you to discuss next steps. Please email us at missions@elim.org.uk

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Who is it for?

MAP is aimed towards those between ages 16 and 25. The programme is flexible to your needs whether you are working or studying full or part-time. If you are in the process of figuring out your next steps or even have it all together this programme is for you. It is for those who are ready to discover the power of Christ across the world and how they can play a part in His plan.

Benefits of participating in MAP

  • An understanding of missional living.
  • Knowledge and experience of overseas mission.
  • A spiritual and physical journey to explore God's heart for the lost.
  • A new perspective and outlook on life.
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Training

MAP is a one-year course from September 2022 – August 2023. Training is part-time and designed to fit around your work or studies. The course is entirely online and takes place over zoom, on the first Thursday evening of every month from 6.30-7.30pm.

The idea is to journey with you through the everyday challenges of work and study, putting into context how the two can work hand in hand.

Content Includes:

  • Practical Guidance
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • God’s Mission for the Church
  • What is the Gospel
  • God's Heart for the Lost
  • Understanding Culture
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Sharing with a Translator
  • Ethics of aid
  • Team Dynamics

Cost

There is a £50 deposit which covers a contribution towards to the online training. If you do not already have a valid criminal record check through Elim, we can do this for you at a cost of £15. All other expenses are specifically to cover your overseas trip and so the cost may fluctuate depending on flights. The average MAP trip through the Elim Missions office to Eastern Europe costs approximately £500.

Placement Locations

The Placement for MAP 2023 is Romania with our missionary Liz Face at Fundatia Corabia/The Corabia Foundation.

Picture5 The foundation is based at Casa Sperantei (House of Hope) in the village of Sardu near Cluj-Napoca in northwest Romania.

The main focus of the work of the mission has always been to bring the good news of salvation to the children and teens of “Zona Sanpaul” (an area of six villages including Sardu. This began with team mission visits from 2002 until Casa Sperantei was built in 2005, providing a permanent base for the work which was first stated by Glenn and Tracy Wilson then Bob and Edith McDonald and currently Liz Face, who lives in the house and heads up the work of the mission. As the work & ministry grew, a youth centre was added in 2009 followed by a centre in the Roma community in Sanpaul in 2014.

As well as the regular activities each week, there are children`s clubs in the different villages, teens` social night, a Bible study for all ages and involvement in the Sanpaul Roma Church. The Foundation hosts mission teams from the UK, Europe and America who join in the work with the children and teens, evangelism, teaching, and practical work. Following the rebuild in 2018 (due to a fire), teams of up to 20 can be accommodated (depending on how the team is made up and their requirements). The Foundation also provides short- and long-term placements for individuals and is particularly keen to offer placements to those considering going into long term mission.

There is a team of people involved in the work including Bob and Edith McDonald (now based in the UK), Bogdi Pop, Gabi Boanca and Iulia Dancan from Sardu and Paul and April Lawrence from the USA, as well as Liz Face. The Foundation has made strong links with the local Pentecostal church and a Baptist church in Cluj and other Christian ministries in Romania and churches in the UK, Denmark and America.

In recent times the Foundation has been involved in both facilitating and delivering training, particularly in the areas of mission, discipleship and church leadership. The house, Casa Sperantei, and youth centre have been made available to local churches and Christian groups to run camps and Bible study weekends, when not hosting visiting teams.

What’s Involved for your MAP placement?

Assist in the children’s ministry

Assist in the teens club

Outreach into the Roma communities

Construction work

Help in the summer camps

Assist in the Education Centre to support families

Assist in the church

Next Steps

We would love to hear from you. If you have any queries, please email us at missions@elim.org.uk

MAP visit to Macedonia Autumn 2018