Our vision is not within the reach of children of dust who are feeble and frail. As such, we must turn our hearts and minds upwards to God who is able to do far more abundantly beyond what we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21). We also realise that we cannot parachute a new strategy into these areas without working with the local pastors and ministers who have been on the ground for a considerable number of years. As such, our mission can be summarised in one word : Partnership. We are committed to partner with faithful bible teaching pastors in these areas, primarily in the following ways.
We will seek to be diligent to offer ours prayers before the Lord for the ministers of local churches in these areas to maintain purity and simplicity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3), His word (Acts 2:42, Colossians 3:16) and His mission to reach the lost (Matthew 28:19-20). We must start here or all our efforts are in vain (Psalm 127), even if we succeeded humanly speaking. We believe only the Lord can provide plentiful harvest from his field, but the responsibility is ours to pray earnestly (Matthew 9:37-38). There is no higher privilege than the opportunity to pray for the servants of the Lord to be protected from the evil one and his schemes, to be clear and bold in their proclamation of the word and for the word they preach to prosper and awaken many souls to eternal realities (Colossians 4:2-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Romans 15:30-31, Ephesians 6:19).
Prayer is a humble recognition on our part that we cannot offer any help to any local church pastor greater than what God offers to His people in the Word. To divert the attention from God as the provider of all good gifts to His people (James 1:17) is to be proud and treasonous. Only in the posture of prayer should anything be attempted for God (Psalm 33:10, Job 5:12, Proverbs 19:21).
We will by all means within our reach constantly provide encouragement to the pastors (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) through regular contact and by building accountability friendships (Proverbs 27:17) in order to stir their ongoing love for the flock they shepherd (Hebrews 10:25), remind them of the promises that are ours and theirs in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20, Philippians 4:13), stimulate their endurance in the ministry amidst all their hardships (Romans 15:5, 13), and bear their burdens (Galatians 6:2).
It grieves us and undoubtedly mars the reputation of Christ and His gospel to see men disqualified from the ministry because of sin, but nothing weighs down our hearts more than when we see qualified and competent men leave the ministry because they are joyless and discouraged beyond comfort, often due to lack of physical and emotional support. We believe the ministry of encouragement is vital to ensure the comfort of God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) is extended through us to His ministers who often bear anxieties and fears untold.
As the New Testament Scriptures make particularly clear, a pastor who is devoted to teaching the Scriptures is worthy of double honour (1 Timothy 5:17-18, 1 Corinthians 9:14). This is not a new teaching as the Old Testament Levitical priesthood had their meals by sharing in sacrifices offered by the general population of the Israelites (Deuteronomy 12:19). Most churches in these needier areas are not able to sustain the financial needs of their pastor for various reasons including their own unmet basic needs. Some of these pastors are already not viewed highly by their communities because their livelihood is below that of an average household and this may sometimes result in many lost gospel opportunities.
Of course we do not advocate for a comfortable life of ease for a gospel minister way beyond the average community member, but we also desire to see these men live in dignity and with adequate financial support in order for them to fully focus on the Lord’s work of preaching, teaching and discipleship.