Imagine going on a six-month mission trip to places like Nepal, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Now you can by watching the new Destination 10/40 miniseries with hosts Aaron and Lexi Rittenour. They’re videotaping and sharing their experiences on GOTV Missions.
Q: When did the idea to travel to the mission field and create a missions-oriented miniseries first come up?
Aaron: I had planned to take a trip like this alone to raise awareness of Gospel Outreach’s mission. Then Lexi and I talked about traveling together. After praying and asking for God’s guidance, we both felt like this is what the Lord wanted us to do.
Q: How did you settle on six months as a timeframe?
Aaron: A single trip costs much less compared to taking multiple flights back and forth, and it seemed like a good amount of time to be able to produce 13 episodes.
Q: How do you see the breakdown of tasks between you two on a daily basis?
Lexi: We’ll both be filming. I’m better at finding music, answering emails and dealing with logistics, so I’ll do that too.
Aaron: I’ll mainly be working with stock resources, unloading memory cards, and organizing and editing footage.
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Q: What format have you chosen for Destination 10/40?
Aaron: I see the video blog style of filming as the most effective way to tell the story. Bringing viewers along with you and sharing your experience with them is powerful. The goal with the vlog-style format is to keep things real and down to earth.
Q: How will previous international travel factor into this trip?
Lexi: It’s definitely going to make it easier. We know what to expect, more or less, in terms of culture.
Aaron: Language can be a barrier though. Sometimes our only form of communication with Bible workers or families in remote villages is through smiles and hand gestures.
Q: What have you found to be the quickest way to establish camaraderie with people in other countries?
Lexi: Playing with the kids, helping the women with the food—all of that.
Aaron: Even something as simple as taking a selfie with them can be helpful in making connections.
Q: How many days will it take to produce an episode, and have you planned what to include?
Aaron: A week’s worth of filming will take about five days of editing. As we rely on the Lord throughout this trip, I trust that He will send us experiences that will make great episodes.
Q: How important is foreign mission work?
Lexi: It’s crucial, I think. It seems like we’re nearing the end of time.
Aaron: Sharing the gospel is a great way to learn selflessness by giving others knowledge that helps them live lives of peace.
Q: What would you say to other young people interested in missions?
Lexi: You don’t have to leave the country. If your local church doesn’t have a mission outreach program, start one.
Aaron: Use youthful energy to share the gospel. Even small commitments can make a big difference. And, if the Lord is calling you, get your finances in order and see how you can engage with the foreign mission field.
The financial goal of Destination 10/40 is to raise $100,000, which will provide stipends for 55 Bible workers for one year. If you would like to be part of reaching this goal, you can donate at goaim.org/giving and mention “Destination 10/40” in the comment area. Thank you!