What is the relationship between Global Missions Project and missions organizations such as the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention?
- We serve as a bridge ministry between missionaries in the field and those Southern Baptist musicians who are called to serve. We have fostered a good relationship with denominational and para-church organizations such as IMB/SBC, Campus Crusade for Christ, Operation Mobilization as well as independent mission partners to further their strategies for reaching the world for Christ. In addition, we work together to insure the right volunteer music groups are put into the right place of service. Once the request is defined and assigned a project number, we then work within the guidelines established to insure the highest level of success for all parties.
How does Global Missions Project help the local missionary?
- Multiple ways! First of all, we work directly with them to insure ministry compatibility. The last thing they need is to “baby-sit” another volunteer group from the states who have their own agenda and not the missionary’s agenda in mind. We then take on the majority of the planning and implementation of the logistics surrounding each project. Such items as hotel, airlines, transportation and food logistics can be overwhelming to a missionary team who has limited time and resources. We work directly with the missionary team to take on and facilitate these items so they don’t have to. A representative from our office will accompany most projects to the field to further support the process so that you can concentrate on the mission objectives and not logistics.
How does GMP coordinate equipment needed for projects?
- As you can imagine, each project team and their requirements are each unique. GMP will work to assess the situation of the field requests as well as the needs of the teams going and determine an implementation plan for equipment. Once the need has been established and a plan in place, GMP will work with airlines in helping the transportation of equipment or if the renting of equipment is needed find sources in-country. The costs of transporting and/or rental of equipment for the teams or at the costs of each team.
How does GMP assure ministry objectives and compatibility between teams going and the missionary partners?
- Whether their main strategy is general evangelism or indirect evangelism through relationship building, we work diligently in finding the right team for the right request. In most cases, a representative from our office will go internationally to visit each missionary partner to establish goals, strategies and logistical organization for each team going. We bring with us video and still cameras to capture the essence of the project so as to communicate more effectively to those who will be coming.
What kind of music groups do you currently have requests for from the field?
- Currently, we have requests for the following types of music ensembles:
- ADULT CHOIR
- YOUTH CHOIR
- ADULT VOCAL ENSEMBLE
- YOUTH VOCAL ENSEMBLE
- CONCERT BANDS
- PRAISE BAND/TEAM
- SENIOR ADULT CHOIR
- CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUPS
- CHRISTIAN ROCK GROUPS
- CHRISTIAN BIG BAND
- SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES
- YOUTH BANDS
Are the payments I make to my account for my mission project tax deductible?
- Absolutely! The US/IRS code states that generally you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for expenses incurred associated with services performed for a charitable organization. This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the charitable organization pays the expenses for you.