- Ministry to the whole person that is God honoring, culturally relevant and sensitive
- Empowering and equipping Haitian run ministries to carryout the task of sharing the gospel and caring for those in need
- To minister to the Haitian people in ways that local ministries cannot or would have extreme difficulty doing.
- Provide opportunities for individuals and churches to care for the ”least of these”
- Investing in the spiritual growth of those who step out in faith to go, pray and give.
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[toggle title=”Why We Do What We Do”]A Biblical foundation for short-term missions
Many have debated whether or not short-term missions have any missiological significance. The most recent data suggests participants in short–term missions are in the millions annually and giving toward short-term mission has surpassed giving toward long term missions. Short-term missions have become an extremely popular way to serve. In the scriptures, we see people involved in service to God for short periods of time. Jesus sent out the twelve (Luke 9) and the seventy two (Luke 10), Paul’s multiple stop missionary journeys, the Israelite spies, Nehemiah and his construction team as well as Jonah. These are only a few examples but we do see how short-term deployment and strategies had value in the scriptures. Time and time again, God chose to send out common, non-professionals to carryout His plan. He still does today. Short-term and long-term mission need to work hand in hand to advance the Kingdom. There is no place for rogue or caviler organizations or teams. Critics of Short-term missions cite theses types of groups as being harmful to the work of long-term missions and the local national church. Short-term missions need to operate in light of the greater work of God around the world. Short-term missions has valid strategies with unique strengths. It had a place in the scriptures and still does today. While there is biblical support for both long-term and short-term missions, the sender and goer still have a great responsibility to do mission well. We must not promote western culture and western Christianity and risk damaging or insulting the local national church. Our job is to answer the call of God to go, and as we are going, to serve Him humbly and faithfully as we carry out the task before us.
A Biblical foundation for ministering to the whole person
There is a view that says missions is all about proclamation. At any cost, preach the word. Proclamation is certainly needed. Our knowledge of God in general revelation speaks to His existence, not his work of salvation. Certainly this is enough to convict, but not convert. Proclamation alone though, can be devoid of compassion, ignoring any present physical need. Jesus in Matthew twenty-five clearly conveys that concern for physical needs is evidence of a follower of Christ. Our Savior champions meeting physical needs in His name. There is an appropriate time for both proclamation and meeting physical needs.
“That man who fell among the robbers needed above all else at that moment oil and bandages for his wounds, not evangelistic tracts in his pockets! Similarly, in the words of a missionary in Nairobi quoted by Bishop John Taylor, ‘a hungry man has no ears.’ 1
When we have the opportunity to proclaim, we do it. When we come across the hungry, thirsty, naked and sick, our mandate is to the meet their need in Jesus’ name. Not that we would earn the right to be heard (proclaiming the gospel) but because that is what He calls us to do. Mercy ministry should not be the bait on a hook. Having an ulterior motive in binding a wound and feeding the hungry is devoid of God’s love and hypocritical. It is counter-intuitive and disingenuous to see a brother or sister in need and say, “Go, I wish you well. Keep warm and well fed” and yet do nothing about it. Mercy ministry done in the name of Jesus offers creditability to the gospel. If the opportunity to proclaim the gospel were not offered at the end, would we refuse to feed the hungry child and clean his wound? May it never be!! Proclamation and mercy ministry do work hand in hand, but are never solely a means to each other. We pray that our service leads to an opportunity to share the gospel or lead them to a Haitian pastor or ministry that can follow up. A long-term incarnational discipling relationship is what a believer needs to foster a long-term relationship with the Father. Those remaining when we leave best carry that out.
1 Stott, John. Christian Ministry in the Modern World. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL, 1975, pg 44 .[/toggle] [/accordian]
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[title size=”2″]What People are Saying[/title]
[testimonials]Going to Haiti with Love in Motion has shown me I have a true passion for the Haitian people...I thought we were going to teach the children of Redeemer's Child about Jesus. Instead, they taught us about Jesus!...[/testimonials]. . . My worldview on poverty and cultural awareness were reshaped in ways no other experience could have accomplished.