While classroom instruction offers many obvious benefits, most of the fundamental aspects of practical wisdom cannot be as effectively taught, as they can be caught. With this truth in mind, the Joshua Wilderness Institute embarks on monthly application trips where students catch an active passion for simple service, hard work, compassion, evangelism, and sacrifice from experts in the field who embody these techniques.
Whether doing vocational ministry in the Dominican Republic, sharing the gospel with strangers on the streets of Hollywood, or working with deaf children in Mexico each trip provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in classes. True Biblical discipleship moves beyond the concept stage. The mission of Joshua moves from theory to practice as students experience service, culture, and the very place the Bible was written about.
In September our first trip is designed to stretch and grow the students and prepare them for the year ahead. We leave Joshua for a week in order to focus on discipleship, leadership, spiritual disciplines, and a team unity for the year.
We will travel Hartland Christian Camp and do work projects as we get familiar with the work and ministry of this camp. During this trip, students will begin preparing to return later in the year for their final class project which is to fully run a weekend retreat at this camp.
In November we will drive to Guadalupe, Mexico to work at Rancho Sordo Mudo, which is a school for the deaf and hard of hearing. We will assist in work projects, hang out with students, and learn about the Mexican culture. This is a great introduction to international missions.
We will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with Students International. Opportunities include:
- Enabling outreach participants and the poor to discover how God can use them in their occupation.
- Providing outreach participants and the poor the opportunity to be a part of ongoing ministry and not just a short outreach where follow up is difficult.
- Helping outreach participants and the poor understand the value of building personal relationships in sharing the Gospel.
This trip will enable student to put into practice the spiritual gifts that we’ve identified and worked on throughout the year.
While in Los Angeles we will participate in a week of urban ministry which will include working at homeless shelters, ministering to children in the inner city and learning more about various ethnic cultures in the surrounding area. We will also have the opportunity to share our faith in different locations, as we put into practice the evangelism skills we’ve been working on.
Hartland Part Two
Since the last time we were at Heartland Christian Camp, students will be divided into all of the parts it takes to put on a camp, and will have the vast knowledge and resources available at Hume Lake to learn how to do each piece. They will then come together and put on a weekend camp for kids at Hartland, being responsible from everything from food service and cleaning to recreation and speaking. This trip is a culmination of all of the ministry skills they’ve been learning over the year, in the classroom and out.
In the month of April we make our way to Israel for two weeks to walk in the footsteps of Christ. We spend the year studying the Bible and finish the Joshua year being able to experience it firsthand with this once in a lifetime trip. If you would like to help offset the overall cost of this trip, please contact email@example.com for more information.
To learn more about our trip to Israel please visit the following websites:
Brent Graciano: JWI Class of 2007
“This trip changed my life. I will never read the bible in the same way. It’s been such an awesome thing to read a passage from the word and actually see it in my mind. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget.”
Nathan Davis: JWI Class of 2007
“I have stood upon the shores of Galilee where Jesus called His disciples, I have walked the city walls that David walked in times of trouble, and I have even waded in the water where John baptized the Lord Jesus. As a result of this trip, I have been overwhelmingly hit with the realization that what this book called the Bible says is true.”
Laurie Dixon: Mom
“When my son was accepted into the Joshua program and they said they were tentatively planning a trip to Israel I will admit I wasn’t thrilled. Personal safety and the cost of such a trip caused me to contemplate the real value of such a venture, but through many phone calls from an excited student of the Old Testament, I realized that Israel was the perfect conclusion to solidify all that he had learned at Joshua. I could have never imagined the impact the experience would have on him and our family. Watching the students raise their support and seeing the many ways God provided was a huge lesson in itself but the trip was to be the best lesson for all. Walking through Israel and reading the scripture that took place on the very ground they were standing on made the Bible more than just a book to be studied…it came alive. I learned things about the Bible from looking at my sons pictures of Israel that I never learned in 40 years of Sunday school. Our whole family looks at the Bible differently now. When the Joshua students finished their year they were asked what was one thing you wouldn’t leave out for next year’s group and as a parent I would have to say Israel.”