FAQs

Please review our FAQs below to find information on grants

General Grant Information (4)

Why does The Vessel only support individuals who are going on mission and raising support for first of second time?

The Vessel is intended to be an encouragement to people taking those first, scary steps of faith as they try to raise significant financial support and stretch their faith. Raising support is an important component of missions work, just like learning to fully listen to Him and to trust God for every detail.

We believe that once a person has done this a couple of times, they have seen God at work (in amazing ways). They have a powerful testimony to share with supporters and a growing network of prayer and financial supporters. The Vessel will have done its job of launching individuals into lives on mission!

Why does The Vessel only make grants to individuals, not to organizations?

The Vessel is focused on the person going, not on the agency, NGO, church, choir, medical team or organization that is organizing or underwriting a particular mission/humanitarian trip.

We do carefully vet the sending organization to verify their track record of integrity and of properly running missions (of doing what they claim to be doing).

Why does The Vessel only support "short-term" mission trips (12 weeks or less in duration)?

Longer trips typically include internships, gap-years, mission/adventure travel, and longer trips of discernment to help an individual determine if they are being called into full time missionary work. While providing important experiences, these are beyond the goals and funding scope of The Vessel.

Why does The Vessel only support individuals going on mission?

Unlike most mission organizations, The Vessel's focus is on the person going on mission, even more than on those being served. We believe that going on mission is one of the most powerful ways to learn that we have nothing to bring, and the Holy Spirit supplies all of our needs, when we open ourselves to Him. That's why we invest in the people going, not in the sending organization. We pray that YOUR life will be transformed, for life. You come back changed, ready to be a force for change at school, in your social group, at work, play and in your neighborhood. You are ready to join a growing movement of people who intentionally purpose to live all of their life ON MISSION. You are becoming a “Gardener of Peace” (reconcile.world)

About The Vessel (4)

What is the purpose of The Vessel?

To help individuals give to God's purpose for their lives by serving worldwide.

What does "Lives Changed. For Life." mean?

Our prayerful hope is that every individual going on mission would return changed...for life. Not just a because of experiencing poverty, health crises, other beliefs and customs, but changed by the Holy Spirit, for the rest of their lives, ready to be a force for change. Ready to become a “Gardener of Peace” (reconcile.world)

What scripture most inspires the work of The Vessel?

We believe that regardless of the actual project or the work of mission, fundamentally, any missionary is an ambassador of the Most High God - our Father. We have been reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ and now have the opportunity to invite others into that reconciliation. In 2 Corinthians 5: 17-20, Paul says it this way:

17So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! 18And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, 'Be reconciled to God!'

This has inspired The Vessel to undertake a project of compassionate conversations aimed at sharing stories of reconciliation or focused on bringing God’s reconciliation to those in need of His Grace and Mercy. - reconcile.world/reel

What is the relationship between The Vessel and the Gardener of Peace project (reconcile.world)?

"Gardener of Peace: In Pursuit of Reconciliation", is a project of The Vessel. Using the Gardener of Peace Prayer as a focal point, we engage people in conversations about personal reconciliation experiences or about their desire to find reconciliation in their lives today. These stories and insights are accompanied by still and video portraits, w hich are available at www.reconcile.world and in an upcoming book. We invite you to personally engage in this project by sharing the Peace Prayer with someone and asking them the questions on our Prayer Card. For a brief video overview of Gardener of Peace - reconcile.world/reel