ETeam and CMP Update 2020

Lauren Biggs

ETeam and CMP Update 2020

ETEAM and CMP Update


The advance of the new strain of virus called COVID-19 around the world and now in the US has affected all of us in tremendous ways. Efforts to contain and control its spread are extensive. Anxieties have increased, routines have been disrupted, and plans have become uncertain.

It seems there are still more questions than answers about the disease and the duration of its effect.

We are aware that there are also questions concerning the impact of this situation on ETEAM and CMP trips planned for this summer. The Leadership Team at IM wanted to let you know how we are processing the situation and how we will proceed to make the necessary decisions concerning our plans for this summer.

  1. We are praying and hopeful that the duration of this crisis will be short-lived and our plans will not have to be altered. We would encourage you to work on that assumption and continue to raise your support and make your plans as usual.
  2. The Leadership Team of IM will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis. We will meet again on ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ to reassess how things are progressing. Our hope is that the threat of the virus will have declined significantly. If at any time we determine that plans must be altered or trips must be canceled, we will notify you immediately.
  3. A final decision will be made concerning ETEAM by ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿต. Decisions about CMP trips will be made 40 days prior to planned departure. The wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. We will not send out teams if there is any level of uncertainty concerning your safety.
  4. If you decide that you no longer desire to participate in ETEAM or CMP this year, you can withdraw from the program prior to ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿต (ETEAM) or ticket purchase (CMP) without penalty. All monies given by you will be reimbursed. Support given for you by others will be returned to the donors. This decision will not hinder future opportunities.
  5. If the difficult decision to cancel trips has to be made on or before ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿต, you will be contacted immediately and given instructions on the options available to you.

Please understand that we are taking this very seriously and monitoring it as closely as possible so that we can make the best and most informed decisions. The safety of our students is our highest priority and will ultimately be the deciding factor in every decision we make.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity. We are thankful to have you as part of our IM family. You are in our prayers. Please pray for us as we seek the Lordโ€™s wisdom and leading.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜† ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป,ย ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—œ๐— , ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ., ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜†@๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ.๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด.



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Let Them Go

Stacie Compton

Let Them Go

โ€œWhat do you want to be when you grow up?โ€ I asked my daughter as we drove through town.

โ€œWell, maybe a doctor for animals or a teacher, or maybe a missionaryโ€ she answered.

โ€œOh, wow! Those all sound fun,โ€ I replied nonchalantly. โ€œWaitโ€ฆa missionary? That would mean you would have to live far, far away from Daddy and me. Are you sure you want to do that?โ€

The truth of the matter was I wasnโ€™t sure I wanted her to do that. Sure, I meant all the things I vowed when we stood before the church and committed ourselves to see her discipled and raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. However, in that dedication service, Iโ€™m not so sure we meant that.

The deeper reality is, we at IM find parents all too often want their children to serve the Lord whole-heartedlyโ€”just on their terms and near their homes. People around the world are dying and going into eternity without hearing of Jesus Christ. And, quite honestly, itโ€™s our own fault. We have the answers they need. Yet, we often hold tightly to the reins of those gifted with the opportunity to go.

Never in my wildest dreams, when they laid my baby girl against my skin in the delivery room, did I imagine she might one day walk through airport security with the intention of boarding a plane to a far-away land to share the gospel. Our girls are only seven and 11, but this reality hit me right in the heart.

Mommas, hear me loud and clear: itโ€™s our duty as parents to let them go.

The call is clear: โ€œGo into all the world to preach the gospel.โ€

Each summer, hundreds of teenagers are given an opportunity to go. We must support them in this. Their Heavenly Father is calling. Our obedience matters as much as theirs. Will you let them go? Eternity is at stake. Your son or daughter might be the one who shares the life-changing message of Jesusโ€™ love for the world.

Pray hard, hug them tight, and let them go.


Excerpted from an article by Stacie Compton in ONE Magazine. Use the link to read the full article. Learn more about ETEAM and other short-term opportunities or about career missions.

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