Beam me up, Jesus

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A visitor tours the World Vision Experience truck. (Photo: 2015 World Vision)

Our new interactive World Vision Experience truck transports you virtually to three of the harshest places on earth: to witness despair and hope in a brothel in Bangladesh, see how God is working in the midst of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Uganda.

Earlier this month, pastor John Torres and Goodwill Church in New York hosted the Experience truck. See what this eye-opening experience is like, and how you can participate!

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From June 4-7, we had the equivalent of a Star Trek transporter in our parking lot at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY. Instead of making people disappear and then reappear in tiny fragments of sparkling light, however, the World Vision Experience transported our ideas of mission.

Many of us in and around churches still have a flannel-graph concept of missionary work. We give money to the good cause of missionaries telling people “somewhere else” about Jesus, and then sit patiently through a brief, annual report of their work on a Sunday morning. No matter how well this is done, it puts missions on the “nice-to-do” shelf in our minds and hearts. The World Vision Experience truck used a simple, insightful mixture of video and audio, set in an authentic ambience, to replace “nice-to-do” with “need-to-do.”

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Visitors of the World Vision Experience will virtually meet Sonali in Bangladesh, the daughter of a sex worker, who plays and learns at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in the midst of brothel shacks. (Photo: 2015 World Vision)

 

I went through it three times! One impression remains fresh in my thinking, nearly a month later. It’s time for us as Christians to become better informed and to act on what we know, not just about the world, but about Jesus Christ.

For example, our news media gives excessive coverage to whatever masses of people “click on” via their devices. So, although the ongoing, real tragedy in Syria, with its countless thousands of victims, cannot compete with celebrity trivia in our nation’s conscience, we as Christians remain accountable. We are not off the hook.

When “what are they going to do about it?” is asked, it’s time for us to realize that we are the “they.” And I, on behalf of Goodwill Church, am grateful that World Vision shows us like no other organization on earth just how much of a difference we can make through Christ and service in His Name.

John Torres is the senior pastor of Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY.

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The next generation of our World Vision Experience mobile exhibit is traveling to churches across America, inspiring visitors to embrace Jesus’ call to be light in a dark world and to live out selfless love for the well-being of everyone, everywhere—especially for the most vulnerable.

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The World Vision Experience truck. (Photo 2015 World Vision)

 

During your 20-minute journey, you’ll witness despair and hope in a brothel in Bangladesh, see how God is working in the midst of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Uganda.

You’ll be inspired as you hear what Jesus hears, see what He sees, and come to understand that you are serving Jesus Himself when you come alongside those in the midst of today’s greatest needs.


Come journey with Jesus among those suffering in the margins of our world in the World Vision Experience. You’ll never be same. See the World Vision Experience truck's tour schedule and learn how you can book a visit to your church!

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