Mission: At our core, XMA is about experiential missions – about helping American Christians obey God’s desire for us to take the Gospel to all nations. As Jesus tells us in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit…” You have heard God’s call and we can help you answer that call.
Our volunteers share the love of Jesus with overlooked people in remote locations around our world and help with human needs such as medical, dental, clean water, construction, educational and other basic needs. Our lives have been changed for the better by what Christ did for us. We now want to help others with their physical needs but more importantly to show them how they can have lasting peace in their lives.
God has put within each of us a desire for excitement, a need to rise above the mere everyday existence, a passion for adventure. We might suppress the burning urgency of this passion so that all that is left is a small glowing ember. Or we may try to satisfy this need with vicarious, second hand adventure such as Facebook and YouTube. But that God-given desire is still there. It is still part of our basic make up. It’s part of our DNA.
God has also given each of us a purpose. We are here for more than to just get all we can get. Each of us have God-given talents and skills – evangelism, medical, teaching, prayer, listening and caring. Our purpose and true satisfaction is found in using our unique gifts to help others, especially those who are not able to help themselves, those trapped in systems of spiritual darkness, poverty, and injustice..
XMA’s calling is to combine these two often suppressed life needs into an Adventure with a Purpose. On an extreme missionary adventure you’ll get all of the adventure you want but it’s not just adventure for adventures sake. It’s an adventure with a purpose. It could be preaching or showing an evangelistic film to the unreached, showing love to abandoned children in a small village orphanage in Honduras, a medical/dental team working in villages along an Amazon tributary in the Peruvian jungle, giving educational assistance to a pastor or teacher in a remote village in the mountains of Asia, or maybe helping rural Central Americans improve their standard of living with farm assistance projects. Most importantly, through all of these and other activities, showing others how Jesus can give purpose, peace and meaning to their lives.
About 4 years ago, a lifelong friend invited me and a few guys from our church to go on a mission trip he was leading to Nicaragua. He had recently joined XMA staff and we had a fantastic trip. We all pitched in a few extra bucks and purchased 200 pairs of used prescription glasses, along with an "eye doc in a box" kit. We were able to use this kit to measure the vision of villagers in need and give them an appropriate pair of glasses. At the same time a physician and a pharmacy owner teamed up to run a medical clinic. During the evening, we showed a film in Spanish that clearly presented the gospel and a member of our team gave a talk about how to have a relationship with Jesus. It was a great time and soon after I got back, I was asked to serve voluntarily on the board. Since then, I have been on two other trips to Honduras - one using my skills as a dentist and the other was a pastor-training retreat that we put on for the local pastors of house churches.
If you are considering a mission trip with your family, church group, or just a group of friends, I highly recommend XMA. A staff member will help you plan your trip and then lead it for you. They are very flexible to the needs and desires of the group, but also have experience and insight to the local areas that they go. In short, XMA trip leaders and office staff make your trip planning stress free.