Through strategic planning, we reach neglected tribes, languages and people with evangelism, discipleship and humanitarian services until the gospel has had its full effect leaving a thriving indigenous church.
Overland Missions has deployed short-term missionaries, raised indigenous leaders and built quality relationships with existing and emerging leaders for several years. We are now taking the mission to the next level by concentrating our efforts into sectors. This method is nothing new to missions, but we have found that in most areas we’re involved there is no apostolic work. Therefore, we have implemented sector management. The DNA of Overland Missions has always been to do the work of God through empowerment, not control. We apply this also to our sector-based missionary work with an emphasis on cultural preservation and sensitivity.
The Criteria that Defines a Sector
Sectors are geographical footprints divided into 10,000 square mile regions which contain unreached and undeveloped people and villages. In a sector, there is a sector manager who is responsible to plan and execute evangelism, pastoral training, church planting and humanitarian efforts in a five-year period of time. The end goal is to reach every home in the sector with the gospel. This is done through equipping, empowering and releasing local leaders to continue the work of the Kingdom of God. A sector can be anywhere in the world, but our first sectors are in southern Africa with plans to expand from there.
The Development of the Sector Strategy
In the past, Overland Missions has approached villages from a lateral point of view which means we have taken responsibility for all villages that we could physically see. For example, we would travel by boat and then follow footpaths to the villages on the banks of the river. However, we would not go to the villages further from the bank because we didn’t know they existed or what their exact location was. The sector management style incorporates a topographical approach. We are using satellite technology to exactly locate villages to reach them based on this available information. With this technology, it is much easier to manage Overland’s people and project strategies.
Six Divisions at Work
- LIFE Project
- OLN (Overland Leadership Network)
- AMT (Advanced Mission Training)
- Water Projects
“Using evangelistic expeditions to take the gospel to unreached tribes and develop indigenous relationships for the long-term work of Overland Missions.”
We deem a young man or woman more useful to the Kingdom of God in villages than waiting in line to preach from first-world pulpits. We take teams of people on short-term expeditions to the isolated and neglected villages of the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We use any type of travel it takes to reach these areas, from airplanes to boats, expedition trucks to local buses and when the time calls for it, our own feet. Missionaries go forward and form relationships, evangelize and strengthen the local church. In areas where we have existing sectors, the expeditions are partnering with sector managers to expand their reach within the region. Parts of the world our teams travel where there is not yet a sector, expedition leaders are also identifying possible locations we can establish a long-term work. We have teams going to southern Africa, Asia and South America. Through the years, hundreds of missionaries have been sent, returning with stories straight out of the book of Acts.
LIFE Project (Living In Family Environments)
“Creating an indigenously led, sustainable system of care; empowering rural villages to thrive within their culture while addressing the needs of education, health and care for the vulnerable.”
The LIFE Project is Overland Missions’ response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, malaria and other diseases crisis. These diseases have devastated the rural villages of Africa leaving parents without the means to care for their children and the elderly without support. The entire productive middle generation is being quickly erased. The LIFE Project seeks to keep the village family structure intact through providing education as well as social and health care for the orphans, widows and vulnerable.
“Researches and creates innovative ways to bring sustainability to rural villages through agriculture, livestock management and market development.”
Sustain is a component of Sector Managment that serves the vision of imparting the culture of Heaven into remote tribes and neglected villages. It exists to walk with people in discovering the abundant life God has for them and in realizing the role faith has in their farms and businesses. Sustain researches and creates innovative ways to bring sustainability through agriculture with better farming practices and improved livestock and poultry management. While teaching on production, Sustain also assists in market development, addressing immediate needs within rural communities. The Sustain division duplicates its work within the sectors that Overland Missions is working in all over southern Africa.
“To support and train local Christian leaders who desire to lead this generation in the work of ministry within their communities.”
The OLN is a non-denominational network of current and emerging indigenous leaders that gather under the pastoral care of Overland Missions within the Sector Management structure. Sector Managers identify who these leaders might be within their sector and begin the work of discipleship, empowering them to expand the Kingdom of God and to raise up their own disciples. OLN consists of Christian leaders that desire to lead this generation in Christ from within their local communities. Through OLN, they create an alliance that transcends denominational boundaries.
OLN serves as our exit strategy for each sector. After approximately five years, sector managers anticipate turning the work in each sector over to the local people. The OLN is the main strategy that continues to work indefinitely in each sector. It is designed to be non-geographic specific and leaders will gather in any location around the world. At this time, most of our indigenous leaders are found in the sectors Overland Missions works in in remote parts of southern Africa.
“Equipping young adults to reach remote locations, communicate the gospel and come back alive.”
AMT is a three-month program that will propel you into the mission fields of the neglected tribes of the earth to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Located at the Overland Missions Rapid 14 base in Zambia, Africa, AMT is not lecture halls and Powerpoint; it’s the practical hands-on missionary training that fully equips missionaries for the field. From welding and diesel mechanics, to wilderness first aid and GPS navigation, more is taught in three months than typically could be learned in years.
Whether your calling is Africa, South America, Asia or beyond, we will train you to effectively and strategically reach different ethnic tribes with the gospel of Jesus Christ. AMT is a starting block that will forward your journey to fulfill God’s missionary dream for your life.
“Supporting ministry in neglected communities by providing sustainable access to clean water.”
The Water Projects division of Overland Missions endeavors to provide neglected communities in rural Zambia with access to clean water by drilling wells, referred to as boreholes in Africa. Our approach to providing water is unique in that we have established a long-term sustainability component in the region. Through our Sector Management strategy, we have Overland Missions staff in place developing relationships with the local chiefs and elders. After ministering among the locals, we can bring in water drilling to compliment our existing work to provide healthy clean water. Through this approach we can not only care for their spiritual and community needs but also ensure the boreholes are valued and taken care of. We only drill in areas we are currently working and not until both components of sustainability are in place. Currently, the Water Projects division operates in southern Africa.