Questions and Answers
- 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