Based on the story of a biblical figure in Act 16: 6-10, the Macedonian Call Initiative (or MCI, as is called) was first conceived in 2009 in response to what God was doing in BTBAB. The idea remained hidden behind the scenes of our work for a number of years. By 2014, an increasing number of our volunteers wanted to be part of something bigger than just another 2wks mission. The MCI, still in its infancy, was then used to facilitate Karen Shaw going to Burundi to help mentor a local person into becoming a beacon of transformation.

Thereafter, Katy Read also felt she wanted to do more than just another two weeks mission. Her journey eventually took her to Tanzania where God used her to lead a team that eventually led to the construction of a play area for school kids in three village schools.

But neither of these two volunteers fully benefited from the MCI programme. As a result, in 2017, we officially launched the MCI training programme as an intentional way of facilitating volunteers who feel compelled to do more than just another two week trips but instead take missions to another level by being the agent of transformation in communities plagued by poverty and injustice. Our MCI programme is now 6-12 months training initiative based on the discipleship modelled by Jesus. The volunteers come and live on our base for a minimum of 6 months discerning more about themselves, their calling, God’s heart for the nations and community living (to prepare them for living in the developing world). The MCI workers are also taught on how to raise support (working in partnership with their home-church) and also learn creative ways on how to live by faith. For more information, please see our training brochure (attached into this page). Thereafter, they are sent out as MCI workers into the developing world for a minimum of 3 months and up to 1 year. For some, it’s a gap year to do something radical for God before going to university or a full-time career. For others, it is a stepping stone into a life in full time missions. 

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