Here is a glimpse of what EFM experienced at the National Luke 10 Think Tank on November 2, 2022 in Wichita, KS.
Who Came? Forty-three leaders, future missionaries, and people with missions experience representing seven regions/yearly meetings in the U.S. and ten Luke 10 Exploration Trip teams.
What Happened? Worship. Prayer. Luke 10 study. Reports. Observations. Recommendations to keep exploring! Affirmation. Inspiration. Discerning what it means for Evangelical Friends to be faithful.
Seven teams who completed exploration trips from April-October 2022 summarized what they saw for EFM’s CAN GO Criteria and recommended that they continue to explore because of potential they identified for launching a new field. Three more teams go out December 2022-March 2023.
What Were the Results? The EFM Think Tank and EFM Board affirmed that each team continue exploring for full CAN GO Criteria. Champions will mobilize follow up Luke 10 Exploration Trips in 2023. EFM also commissioned focus groups for further study into best practices for partnerships with Friends in other countries and potential multi-culture missionary teams.
What is Next? In November 2023, EFM will approve which fields are ready to prepare for launching. This includes a commitment and announcement to launch along with recruiting persons of various gift sets and experiences who are called to fill needs on pioneering teams.