Our goal in the United States is to start and strengthen churches. We are committed to helping churches, not only by developing and sending out leaders, but also by developing leaders within an existing local body.
To accomplish this goal in the United States we may use many forms. We work with individual leaders and elders of other churches to assist in their development while learning from them at the same time. This creates some very close bonds. Examples are: The Bridge Community Church in Ruston, Louisiana, and Twin Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Our staff is actively involved in training young leaders for both domestic and foreign missions. Domestically, we are often invited to equip church leaders at their sites and future leaders at Kanakuk Kamps. Currently, three of our staff members teach future missionaries at the Center for Pioneer Church Planters (a division of To Every Tribe). You can learn about this mission training organization at http://toeverytribe.org/.
Additionally, we provide church-based theological training via video conferencing. This is a great tool to help pastors and others obtain a seminary degree while remaining in their local church body. Lake Valley also works with other churches and teams, partnering resources and gifting to accomplish the church startup and strengthening goal.
Other forms of mission ministry in the US include sending teams to an area where a natural disaster has occurred and then walking alongside a local church within the disaster area. This was done by many Lake Valley members in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently, Hurricane Harvey. Our teens have also traveled to other cities, such as Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans.
Lake Valley is committed to starting and strengthening churches in the United States. The primary resources we give to this effort are staff time, lay member time, money, encouragement, and prayer.