I remember when I was in school having great conversations with many friends who spent their summer involved in international missions. Most talked about how life altering or future-shaping those experiences were. The ability for them to spend their summer break serving and growing in a context well outside their norm became such a catalytic experience in their life. The obvious evidence of life change became visible to people around them. It was easy to desire a similar experience.
Over the last few years, as I have traveled internationally and had experiences in shorter periods, I have continued to think and pray about what has become the A1eight Project. This new offering from Servant Life beginning in the summer of 2015 will give 20 something’s an opportunity to spend an extended period with a missionary or minister in an international environment actively growing and learning while making disciples. Additionally, participants will be a part of hosting short-term teams, leading and equipping them to serve during their mission’s experience. It provides a great blend of leading and learning, being invested in and being poured out, while serving God by serving others.
Applications will be available beginning in September. We are currently working on options in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, England, Ukraine, Kenya, Guatemala, Ecuador, Houston, Dallas and NYC. Applicants can apply in an early placement period and be notified of status by December 15th or have their application in by January 15th to be notified of placement by February 15th. Team size is expected to be 3-5 per country and we want to make sure that selected participants have plenty of time to raise funds. Pricing will be broken into a published price for the program/trip costs plus travel. Estimates will be provided with the applications in September. For updates you can follow @A1eightProject on Twitter. Applications will be available at www.servantlife.com/a1eight-project.
Our desire for the A1eight Project is similar to that of our short-term trips: helping mobilize students to make disciples of all nations wherever the Lord has them serving. This new program is one more resource to help all of us accomplish the Great Commission. I continue to be amazed and humbled that in all the ways God could have advanced the gospel around the globe, He designed people to go to people. Those of us that are Christ-followers not only have the responsibility to be gospel advancers, but the privilege as well.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
– J. Roger Davis, Servant Life Executive Director