Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our Mission in a Nutshell

Simply put, we are seeking to fulfill the Great Commission of Mark 16:15 (NKJV) "And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."  We will do this by focusing on four areas - all according to the biblical pattern

1.  Training Preachers 
This will be our primary focus, and it is absolutely key to self-propagation in mission work – training Africans to teach other Africans.  The biblical mandate for this tactic is found in 2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV) "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

2. Personal Evangelism 
Of course we’ll also be doing evangelism ourselves while we’re there, as we are commissioned in  Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen."  One of the things that strongly drawn us to this mission field is the ease with which personal Bible studies can be set up.  There are plenty of people thirsting for the Word that simply need someone willing to teach.

3. Providing Benevolence 
When surrounded by the amount of absolute poverty that is observable in countries like Tanzania, the Christian thing to do is to seek to offer what relief you can.  In describing the Day of Judgement, Jesus says in Matthew 25:37-40 (NKJV) "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."  Apparently, one of the ways in which we will be judged is by the degree to which we sought to relieve the suffering of our fellow man.

4.  Edifying the Churches 
We will also be working to encourage the local churches, thus doing our part in the body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:12 (NKJV) "...equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ".

We hope that you will join with us in these efforts by your prayers, encouragement, and financial support.  Together we will make a difference in the name of our Lord.

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