- i would be sent out as a missionary to ecuador from this church, not through a different missionary agency like the one i went through to go to peru.
- the church would be a forwarding agent for funds...meaning any money intended to support me (provided by myself or anyone wishing to contribute) goes to the church with a little note saying "amy-ecuador" and dfcc deposits the money into an account from which i can withdraw in ecuador. i then provide an account of all the money withdrawn to dfcc, specifying for what purpose said money was withdrawn creating financial accountability between me and church and financial accountability between church and contributor. also, tax write-offs.
- the church would provide prayer support for me and my ministry in ecuador, as it would be considered a sort of "overseas ministry" of dfcc.
- the church (or specifically the elders and/or missions team or specific person from either said group) would act as an emergency contact, provider of overseas health insurance, and communications liason between me and the local church body, as i would be expected to communicate regularly with the local body in downey about my ministry and life experiences in ecuador (my plan is to use all kinds of media to do this, blog posts, e-mails, pictures, videos).
do you see the difference? i really think we are in a place to do this. we have put a lot of priority in missions over the years, and i think this is the next step. it is obviously beneficial to me (even though it means a lot of work, since this trip will lay the groundwork for many trips to come), but it is beneficial to anyone in this church with a desire to try their hand at ministry in a foreign country in the future. and it is beneficial to this church because it will add a new dimension to our short-term missions program and it will establish a process for sending out independent, short-term missionaries.
so that was my proposal to wwo in november, and wwo recommended the proposal to the elders in december, and the elders have approved the proposal which means it's going to happen! and i'm very excited. from this point on, i am going to try my best to document the process that i go through, and i may be coming to my blogging friends from time to time with questions about the best way to transfer media files of different sizes, or the best kind of video camera to buy in a certain price range...or i may ask you to take a survey on what kinds of things interest you/don't interest you about foreign culture/missions work/the ways in which missionaries communicate and what kinds of things they should communicate back home. and i will greatly appreciate your input because i trust you and because your opinions matter. except yours...you know who you are.