Research: An Overview
Why Gather Information?
Research is useful at several stages in the adoption process. It provides
the basis for selection, for encouraging prayer, and for becoming familiar
with the people. Library and Internet research is readily available for
most groups. Some groups conduct on-site research. A trip provides a level
of understanding unavailable any other way - the faces, sounds, smells,
and touch of the people, as well as learning first hand from them.
Research forms the basis for the prayer profile, a summary of information
and a short vignette of the people with prayer needs highlighted. You can
find out if one already exists for a particular people by visiting
Sources in this program or by visiting the Bethany<>
Prayer Profile web site to see if a profile exists for your people.
Where do I find existing information?
Several organizations may already have researched the people in which you
are interested. For assistance in knowing how to find information about
unreached peoples on the Internet and in the library, see How<>
to Locate Existing Information. For information sources,
People Information Sources.
How do I conduct on-site research?
The Caleb Project and the AD2000 and Beyond Movement have prepared a training
manual, Life Changing<>
Encounters, specifically to aid short term Joshua Project 2000
research teams. Another Caleb Project book, Exploring<>
the Land, is a more extensive tool for research preparation. You
may order either book from them (see agency list).
An onsite research trip should not be attempted without guidance
from an experienced mission agency. Contact your denominational mission
and other agency before planning your research trip to see how they can
assist your team.
Sharing information about a people is a basic function of both networking
and advocacy. Before taking a research journey, talk to other churches
who have adopted your people to see how cooperation can enhance your on-site
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