Riverwood Church is looking forward to hosting a Vision Trip to Eswatini, Africa for Lead Pastors and spouses who are ready to lead their church in a strategic partnership with Children’s HopeChest Canada. This experience will be facilitated and financially covered by Riverwood as a way to contribute to the growth and expansion of an organization that has had a tremendous impact on us. As we plan towards this trip and gather potential pastors and churches, we have established the following “guiding criteria” to help us determine who would be eligible for this experience.
For a community-to-community sponsorship to be successful we have found that it is critical for the church to have the endorsement and engagement at the highest level of leadership. Therefore, this Vision Trip is specifically intended for Lead or Senior Pastors and their spouses in an effort to help them to engage personally with the project, people and organization. However, if there is a person other than the Lead Pastor’s spouse that would be a better fit for the trip, we would love to welcome them onboard!
We realize that the whole purpose of experiencing a Vision Trip is to assess the fit and compatibility of this venture with your church. However, good stewardship of the resources we have available for this venture means that the participants and their church are seriously looking for a cross-cultural mission opportunity.
Carepoint sponsorship is a long-term community-to-community commitment that requires the successful sponsorship of 40+ children on a monthly basis (depending on the size of the carepoint). However, because of the community-to-community dynamic, you can expect high engagement from your church! When Riverwood first returned with sponsor packets, we had so many people wanting to sponsor children from our Carepoint we were forced to run a lottery! If a church isn’t sure they have the capability to sponsor all the children but they feel passionate about this mission, they could potentially be partnered with another equally passionate church to sponsor and serve a single carepoint.