In 2017, 43 men and women completed our Advanced Mission training. Wesley Phelps, an August 2017 AMT graduate, shared about his experience during his 3 months in Zambia. AMT was an amazing, life-changing experience! We hit the ground running. After landing in Livingstone, Zambia, we almost immediately traveled straight into the bush, the remote, undeveloped country-side, to do ministry for one week. During that week, everything I thought about ministry was shattered, all the fears that I had about speaking in front of people were removed, and any thoughts I had comparing myself to others were stripped away. I realized that those lies and fears were completely irrelevant when walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our first day of ministry ended with a futbol (soccer) game against the local school. In the middle of the game, a staff member came up to me and said, “When this game is over, you are preaching.” I reluctantly agreed, but in my mind, I doubted. I didn’t have anything prepared. The staff member looked at me and said, “We did this on purpose, because we don’t want you to rely on what you could come up with on your own. We want you rely on the Holy Spirit to speak through you.” That statement shifted my understanding of ministry. God works through those who are willing, even when in the natural we feel unprepared.
AMT is not just a missionary training, but rather its purpose is to equip believers with the knowledge and revelation about our identity in Christ and align ourselves with the purposes of God, which leads us to be bold wherever we are in the world. Hebrews 10:10 tells us that Jesus died once and for all, and we have been sanctified through his offering. When we understand the magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross, it changes us. My favorite passage is Galatians 2:20 which says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” I encourage you to take that to heart and come do AMT and be a part of the team!