penny_headshotMy life verse is Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.” God has proved this verse over and over in so many instances in my life. In the case with missions, when He called me to global missions as a 12 year old girl, God’s plan was that I wouldn’t go on my first overseas trip until the age of 40. Nine years after that first trip, having visited eight countries over the course of eleven trips, He led me to take a leap of faith to leave the workplace to follow His call to start a global mission ministry. It was during those trips, meeting missionaries and having a passion for encouraging them through prayer and partnership, that God placed on my heart the beginnings of a ministry for people serving in missions ministry. After a year of praying, planning and conversing with missionaries on and off the field, Encouragement Expeditions was born.

The purpose of this ministry is to physically come alongside and encourage those serving on the global mission field. The hope and desire for the field visits from an Encouragement Expedition team is that each visit will bring not only physical relief to those we visit but ultimately spiritual encouragement and refreshment. Teams will visit individuals and families with the sole purpose to help in the home with projects and childcare, bring requested supplies, pray daily and leave them more encouraged in their work than before the team visit. The visit truly is to completely focus on and serve those being visited. Encouragement Expeditions will continue to minister to these mission partners after the visits through regular emails or contact and prayer support.

A special thank you goes to my family for their love and support of God’s call on my life. My husband Fred and I have been married 29 years and we have two adult children, Hayley and Aaron, and one sweet granddaughter. Thank you to special friends who have been praying and encouraging over the years. Thank you to the missionaries who have been my sounding board and given me such great advice and wisdom to refine the ministry to make it most effective. It’s going to be amazing to see what the Lord is going to do and the blessings He has in store for those being served through Encouragement Expeditions.

Encouragement Expeditions needs partners to financially support this ministry! The team visits will only be possible through your donations which will cover the travel expenses and requested ministry supplies for each visit. Won’t you please prayerfully consider partnering with Encouragement Expeditions so you can be an integral part of being an encouragement to ministry workers around the world?

Penny Swanson
Founder, Encouragement Expeditions


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