Bethany Teams exists to facilitate excellent, strategically-planned, short term cross-cultural mission trips that impact people around the globe with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by sending teams that serve long-term missions workers and integrate into existing missions efforts, by equipping sending churches to further engage in long-term missions work, and by challenging mission trip participants to fully embrace their own role in the Great Commission.
Bethany Teams is a department of Bethany International. The mission is Bethany International is to take the Church to where it is not by recruiting, equipping, and fielding followers of Jesus who are transformed by the Cross, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and effectively prepared with intercultural educational experience, who lead by serving with global partners to transform people and communities, delighting God’s heart, and extending His Kingdom!
If you’re interested, read Bethany International’s Statement of Faith.
Message of the Cross
United with Christ. Living in His victory. We are transformed through union with Christ who was crucified for us, as us, and in us. We live daily in the victory of Jesus – cleansed by His blood and freed from sin’s control by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Get down on your knees before God and surrender all that you are, and have, and ever will have, and your own will besides…get up from your knees believing that God has received your surrender.”
—Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender
(I Corinthians 1:18; John 15:5-8; Romans 6:22; Ephesians 1:17-19; Galatians 2:20)
Centrality of Prayer
Loving God. Praying His kingdom come. We believe living the Great Commandment precedes fulfilling the Great Commission. Daily surrender, worship, on-going prayers and intercession empower God’s people and advance His Kingdom on earth.
“Make us a part of your plan to evangelize the world. We give ourselves completely into your hands to do what we can to further the gospel throughout the world, and, Lord, we pray that you will make us immortal until our work is done.” Ted Hegre and Ernst Dahle
(Matthew 6:9-10; 9:35-38; 22:37-39; Isaiah 62:6-7; Isaiah 56:6-7; Luke 18:1-8; John 14:15-21; Acts 1:8)
Finishing the task. Hastening His return. We take the Great Commission literally – to reach all peoples in all nations, through all areas of society, and for all generations. We demonstrate and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in all the world – hastening His glorious return.
“I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.”
(Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; 2Peter 3:11-12; Revelation 7:9)
Joining God. Working together. “Count us in!” We abandon everything to join God in collaboration with others in the global Body of Christ. We love, honor and respect each person’s unique part in God’s plan of extending His kingdom to where it is not.
“No matter who we are, where we are, or what our abilities are, we have been offered the privilege of working with God. We are called to be workers together with God in His great program of rescue and recovery – the evangelization of the world.” Ted Hegre, Founder, Bethany International “Count us in!”
—Our five founding couples
(Matthew 16:24-25; John 17:20-23; Romans 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:15-16; Philippians 2:2-8; Psalm 133)
Doing what we can do. Trusting the Holy Spirit. We do what we can do and give what we can give as acts of worship. With creativity and excellence we give our best efforts in mission and business initiatives, trusting the Holy Spirit for exceptional results.
“If God had given this vision to a bunch of theologians, they’d still be talking about it; but He gave it to some businessmen, so they did something about it.”
—Harold Brokke, Past Bethany President
(Nehemiah 4:6, 14; Mark 14:8; Ephesians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:23-24; Hebrews 11:6)