Mission of the Month for August – Innovista

Innovista exists to see more people in Europe, Russia, and Central Asia experience the hope of Jesus. To this end we identify local missionaries in their 20s and 30s who are presently engaged in mission through the local church, before training them to bring lasting change to their communities through their churches, ministries and community initiatives.

This is the group who know the language, culture, history and unwritten rules of their context the best. They’re the group for whom investment now will have the biggest impact: on them, on the ministries they lead, and on those who they witness to, both now and in the future.

Closer to home, our Thrive initiative seeks to help young people bring hope to life in their disadvantaged communities. The first Thrive team was launched in Barton, Oxford, and consists of a core team of five, including two full-time staff and a placement student who live on the estate. Living in the community provides the opportunity to engage relationally with the most disadvantaged and disengaged young people and to provide positive role models for them, many of whom are from chaotic households.

Ben Smith

See www.innovista.org for more information.