Elliott Phillips

I serve with Josiah Venture ministry called EXIT Tour. In some of the most atheistic places on the planet. Yet, God is miraculously opening doors into public schools, giving Josiah Venture the opportunity to share with thousands of young people how scripture's truth and the love of Christ offer the only way out.

Who We  Are

Josiah Venture is a missionary team with a vision to see a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. We pursue this vision by equipping young leaders to fulfill Christ's commission through the local church. Young people were the primary energy and momentum behind the revolutions that broke the power of communism in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 80's. But a revolution that changes the government doesn't change the hearts of people. The work is only half done. Young people in this region must be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The energy of the youth must be mobilized into might force for the Kingdom of God. The potential is clear. Central and Eastern Europe's young people have already proven they can change the course of history. Now they must change the course of eternity.

What I do

I serve with a Josiah Venture ministry called EXIT Tour. In some of the most atheistic places on the planet, here in Central and Eastern Europe, teenagers can feel like there is no exit for the dangerous paths they walk down that ultimately lead to death. Yet, God is miraculously opening doors into public schools, giving Josiah Venture the opportunity to share with thousands of young people how scripture's truth and the love of Christ offer the only way out. Using an innovative prevention program, EXIT Tour is our ministry that brings lectures, concerts, and workshops full of Biblical values into students' lives. EXIT Tour is an innovative ministry highway that brings a healthy, Christian perspective and local church resources to un-churched young people in schools across Poland. We've seen students take complete u-turns and exit dark roads in order to pursue the better plan God has for them and we pray that EXIT continues to inspire even more personal and societal transformations in the future.

Requests & Reports

Prayer Requests

  • I spent lots of my first year in Poland investing in stability. Pray that God would use my language, relationships. local church, and EXIT Tour ministry to bring Gospel fruit in the lives of students. 
  • God has given me some incredible Polish friends in my church and my city. Pray that he will bring fruit, encouragement, challenge and deep spiritual growth in all of us as we seek Him together. 
  • As I enter the back half of my 20s, pray that I will spend this year investing in the character and rhythms I need to live a life full of faithful, healthy, God-honoring service now and in the future.
  • 2019 brought many new trials of balancing life, ministry, and my spiritual health. Pray that 2020 will be marked by my communion with God - that in and above all things, I would be still and know Him. 
  • I am kicking off my second year in Poland in an amazing local church. Pray that I will dive deeper into discipleship with two young Polish guys and have the change to bring one along on an EXIT Tour.

Celebrations

Over the course of five EXIT Tours in Poland 2019, our team works with over 4,000 Polish teenagers and was able to directly share the gospel with over 750 of them. This year we have seven EXIT Tours booked and are incredibly excited to equip those seven local churches and their youth groups to evangelize and disciple youth in their cities.
On a personal level, in February 2020 I reached my one-year mark on the field. After devoting hundreds of hours to learning the Polish language during my first year, I've been able to teach in Polish and go deeper in discipleship with high school students from my local church. After a year of investing in Polish and laying down roots in my EXIT Tour team and local church, I am incredibly excited to see how God uses those things to bring fruit for the Kingdom here in Poland this year.

How can we help?

At the current moment, I do not have any pressing financial need, however monthly and / or one-time gifts are always a huge help.  Any support beyond my full need goes into a surplus that I must use directly in my ministry on EXIT Tour and with students - taking them out for coffee, bringing them along on tour or to conferences, etc. I also always love receiving care packages, snail-mail, and reminders of home!
You can view Elliott's most recent mission update here.

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