Why Mission Matters?
For many, going on mission, especially overseas or cross-culturally is either a distant memory or a dream waiting to be realised. As the reality of COVID-19 has well and truly settled into our minds, as an organisation, we have begun to ask ourselves how we can respond to this challenge, and, more importantly, the importance of embracing the possibilities for the future. Thankfully, there are ways that we have been able to do just that.
At ReachAcross Brisbane, our small, but dedicated team has been able to identify ways to connect further with young people who are asking very similar questions about the future. Despite the limitations and restrictions imposed during the pandemic, we are still reaching out online, over conversations and at conferences and events, whenever possible, one of which is the upcoming Missions Matters 2020: Seeing Clearly conference.
Having been part of this conference over the past three years, I can personally say that it has been an amazing opportunity to connect with young and old alike, from different backgrounds and parts of the country, all coming together to share stories and discuss the importance of mission. As an organisation, we will also be representing our mission during the course of the three-day conference, which will also be made available online.
As we continue to expand, we also hope to provide opportunities for young people especially to come and engage with us in a more interactive and engaging environment, and especially to reflect and reimagine how missions can be done in a new light post-2020.
To this end, we will be presenting new approaches to mission, such as our cross-cultural training days, virtual volunteering platforms, and our exciting India project to be launched very soon - so please be in prayer for these and continue to seek ways you can also be involved!
From the desk of the Brisbane Manager,
Joseph F. Kolapudi