Welcome to Relevant Expeditions
Relevant Expeditions is an international missions organization. Our founders, Jim & Pat Harris, live full time in South East Asia. We provide humanitarian relief through daily feeding programs to widows, orphans and those with leprosy. Presently we provide over half a million meals each year to people in need. We also run a full-time children’s home for 40 children in Cambodia, many of whom were rescued from human trafficking. We have coordinated building construction, emergency food and shelter distributions and emergency response to many parts of Southeast Asia, India and Nepal. We have provided logistical insight and support following natural disasters to organizations like the United Nations, UNICEF, Samaritans Purse, the RED CROSS and others. We have responded to floods, tsunamis, typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
We train indigenous Christian leaders to provide ministry to their own people. These leaders are involved in outreaches to widows, orphans, and those with leprosy. We conduct crusades that instill an everlasting hope in the hearts and minds of people who have very little hope of a better tomorrow. We mentor and build up these key team leaders to have the foundational skills and biblical basis for the work they do. In addition we provide support to a number of indeginous missionaries who have dedicated and often risked their lives for the sake of the Gospel. Our desire is to train up leaders to forward the message of faith, hope and most importantly love.
Because we are Christian missionaries the focus of our work is always about sharing the love of Christ to those with whom we connect. We don’t believe in forcing Jesus on people, however we are never ashamed to let people know that it is Jesus who has brought them the help we bring. We are always eager to share the Gospel and lead people to the Lord. We do our best to follow the example of Christ by first showing love. We believe the best messages ever preached are those without words. “They will know we are Christians by our love.”
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They will know we are Christians by our love
We believe that the greatest preaching is the preaching that is done without saying a single word. The phrase, “They will know we are Christians by our love”, is the central focus of our ministry.
We are not perfect people at all, but we do everything that we can to show people that we are not all talk and no action. There was an event in India once and I was helping to set out some chairs for the event. It was hot and dirty, and through the sweat i was enjoying working with the local people who were hired to set up for this conference. An Indian security guard came up and asked me if I was American. I said, “Yes, I am from the Untied States.” He shook his head, and said, “I have never seen an American come here and do physical work…they only tell Indian’s what to do.”
That moment struck deep in my heart. Because I had not realized that my simple act of setting out chairs was ministering to someone who was watching from a distance. We believe that if we are indeed here to introduce people to Jesus, then we must show them His love, well before we tell them about his love.