Virtual Mission Trips — from a Zoom meeting to a fully formed mission experience
We talk with Rev. Jim Bell and Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil, from International Ministries, about how they have developed vibrant virtual mission experiences for people involving everything from a couple of hours to a multi-day mission experience complete with training, cross-cultural interaction, and follow-through.
Reverend Jim Bell serves International Ministries as Associate Executive Director for Global Mission, providing oversight and support for IM’s global personnel, programs and partner relations. A graduate of Barrington College and Southern Seminary, Jim developed a passion for engaging the local church in cross-cultural mission while serving as a Youth Pastor and Church Planter/Pastor in Southwest Ohio for 21 years. He was called to IM in 2005, and served as a Mission Partnership Coordinator and Director of Vocational Development before stepping into his current role in the fall of 2017. Jim lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, with his wife Karen and daughter Katie as well as their black lab, Lily, and Bernese Mountain Dog, Twyla.
Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil is an ordained minister with ABC-USA. She joined the International Ministries Division of the American Baptist Churches USA in April 2017. Her passion for missions was formed as a result of her missionary life, as Third Culture Kid living in several African countries and Italy, from 1963 to 1980. Mexico, Peru, The Netherlands as well as within the United States. Since the 2019 Hurricane Dorian, she now travels frequently to The Bahamas on special assignment, to help facilitate trauma counseling and minister to local pastors, pastors’ spouses and guidance counselors.