Declare his glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
1 Chronicles 16:27
The EnterMission experience is a 10 month long program, starting mid-August and ending mid-June, with a three week break during the Christmas and New Year season.
Typically, the standard timeline is an acceptance notification within the first 5 months of the year, followed by support raising until August 1. Then the 2019 schedule is as follows:
August 11 (Sunday). Arrive at Johnson University for welcome, worship together with parents/family, and lunch together followed a time of prayer together before families say their goodbyes.
August 12 – October 17. This time is spent in community; learning, worshiping, and serving together. It is through this time that you will be led through both an inward and an outward discipling process that will shape and equip you to be a blessing to others.
October 18 – December 2. ROAD TRIP! This is the part of the adventure where we travel in teams to learn and serve in different ministries within the United States.
December 2 – December 12. We return to Johnson University to debrief; unpacking and reviewing everything that we have experienced in order to evaluate, adjust and recognize what God has done and is doing in our lives.
December 12 – January 3. CHRISTMAS BREAK. Each participant will return home for the holidays (you must arrange your own travel).
January 4 (2020) – January 17. Arrive at Camp Allendale (Indiana) for a two week time of training in preparation for your ministry overseas. You will have already been divided into teams and given your destination countries.
January 18 – June 12*. RETURN TO U.S. and DEBRIEF. When you return stateside, we will spend more time together at Johnson University to debrief before saying our goodbyes!
*NOTE: Your return to the US from abroad will vary depending on your particular mission’s host country and their visa requirements.
Within the US, you will be serving in various ministries that may include inner-city, orphanages and children’s homes, work among Native Americans, and working at ICOM (The International Conference on Missions). However, all ministries besides ICOM may change year to year depending on their needs as well as the ways in which their needs blend with our own targeted focus.
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and a high school graduate and not over 23 years of age. A college degree is not required. For those who are wanting college credit through Johnson University, this will be assessed at the end of your program through a competency based assessment administrated by the university.
You can apply as early as a October 1. Once the application materials are complete and all interviews and references are received, you should expect a decision within 2-4 weeks. The earlier you complete your application, the better.
For 2019, the deadline for submitting completed applications is Aug. 1. An application is complete when we have received your application, biographical material, conducted an interview, have all of your references and the application fee of $125. It is your responsibility to see that all these get to us by Aug. 1. We may not be able to accept applications after Aug. 1 based on team needs, available evaluators, estimated processing time, etc.; therefore, we cannot guarantee the processing of any application submitted after Aug. 1. Late applications will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee and may take longer to process.
The cost of this 10 month program is $12,000.00 which does not include the cost of airfare for the overseas component (which will vary according to destination). This cost covers all materials, stateside travel expenses, food and lodging.
YES! Like any missions endeavor, you will need to desire to step out in faith, and be willing to be raise support, and for this we recommend the following resources:
People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by Bill Dillon, Published by Moody Press in 1993.
This is considered by many to be THE book when it comes to practical help in support raising. Within this book you will learn how to raise support with a positive attitude and know what skills you will need to be successful. Most helpful is the step-by-step scripts that he provides to help you visualize and run through both phone and personal conversations as well as sample letters.
Friendraising: Building a Support Team that Lasts by Betty Barnett, Published by YWAM in 1991.
Betty Barnett is on staff with Youth With A Mission and trains their staff in support raising from her base in Hawaii. This is a short, but powerful book that centers on what she considers to be the four pillars of support raising: Friend Raising, Generosity, Communication, and Prayer with Promises. This book is one that focuses on not just reaching out for support, but of building relationships that last. She includes testimonies from others who have both succeeded and struggled to raise support.
Don’t forget that support raising isn’t begging for support, but enlisting people to join you in a faith venture. You are stepping out in faith to be molded by God as you are discipled and sent out to ministries both in the US and overseas! You believe that God will use this to mold you into a deeper disciples who will be better equipped to serve the church and you know that you will have the opportunity to bless others as well. So you are sharing the opportunity that you have, this personal challenge and you are inviting them to participate as you Enter Mission!
Finally, it’s important to realize that this is a faith venture and that God has stated that He is with us always and to cast our cares upon Him. Don’t forget the importance and the power that comes from prayer. Ask God to guide you, to strengthen you, to give you both wisdom and words to communicate effectively.