BEFORE YOU APPLY,
TRIP FITS YOU BEST
NEPAL + INDIA
Illuminate Nations Summer exposure trips are going to the most unreached places in the world to be the tangible hands and feet of Jesus. Our two week long journeys have taken us to places in both Asia and the Middle East where we work with our long term, local partners. These partners are the heartbeat of Illuminate Nations and connect our teams with the real needs of their people, with children’s programs, church planting, supply relief, and village outreach.
We believe short term missions can be effect, impactful, and life changing for both the missionary and the people they go to serve! To prepare and to unify, our summer teams will be spending an additional 4 days with one of our Illuminate Nations bases in Houston, Texas where we will create teachings, practice cross cultural communication, build team unity, learn each others unique giftings, and gather The Lord’s heart for the people he is sending us to.
This Exposure Trip is ideal for someone looking for exposure to working in an area of 1.2% Christian presence in a closed country would look like. This location is ideal for someone looking to explore a calling in pioneer missions. It is crafted for someone interested in immersing themselves in Indian culture, heavily influenced by the Hindu religion.
18 years or older
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We choose to focus our efforts primarily on unreached people groups within the 10/40 window - where Christ has not yet been made famous. In every nation that we work in, we partner wholly with the indigenous, national church on the ground. This means that in Nepal, we work 100% through Nepali peoples - in India, we work 100% through Indian believers. In the Middle East, we work 100% through locals who speak the local languages and dialects, understand the culture, and understand the most effective ways to administer the gospel according to culture and norms. We believe in raising up the national church to reach their own people with the gospel in the mother tongue. As an organization, we are simply a segue, a launching pad, a bridge, a platform to connect what God is doing in America to what God is doing in the nations.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“What I love about Illuminate is that it has taught me to not be afraid to share the gospel and to be a pioneer. Because we might not be here tomorrow to share it and we can change so many lives by just having a loving heart towards people. I was reminded that the Gospel is way too good not to give away, and if we don’t then who will?"
— Illuminate Nations Intern Fall 2016
“I had been on mission trips before, but the Exposure Trip with Illuminate Nations placed a new fire and a new desire in me. It brought forth a new love for people and a new love for the Lord like I had never known. I left that mission field knowing that God wasn’t done with me, in fact it was only the beginning. The Illuminate Nations team is a team filled with leaders who are ALL led by God; every action and every plan was covered by the glory of God. I had learned what it meant to truly be led and what it meant to truly allow God to lead. This organization is one whose sole purpose is to bring glory and honor to God’s name."
— Exposure Trip Member Summer 2016
3.15 billion people in the world live without access to the gospel.
The Great Commission
In the final moments of His earthly ministry, Jesus could have said anything to His disciples - that moment was epic. However, in His last address to His disciples and those who had followed His ministry for years, the risen Lord Jesus gave this imperative: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you ..."
- Matthew 28
The Lord is committed to His name being made famous across the earth (Malachi 1:11). We are committed to taking this gospel message to the nations, tribes, and tongues that have not yet heard it as a continuation of the book of Acts. We believe that Jesus is the only way, truth, and life. Our zeal for Jesus and the keys to freedom from death and defeat that lies within Him provokes us to make Him known - to the nationals by the nationals, in the mother tongue.