G. The second task in the Quest is a mission trip to serve others in poverty, and the farther and more discontinuous from the apprentice’s home environment, the better. Third world experiences change lives, but experiences within the United States may also be utilized. This experience models Matthew 10 and Matthew 25 with the goal of being able to see Jesus present in the person who is hungry, thirsty, sick, or a stranger, in poverty or in prison.
Example: Our diabetic JUMP group on a mission trip will also examine the needs of diabetics in the ministry context where they visit. All health problems are exacerbated by poverty. Perhaps they will be fortunate enough to work directly with diabetics.
 The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.
   
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