We’d be happy to share with you upcoming information sessions or arrange a time to meet and discuss this initiative.
Feel free to email Cathy Meister at CathyM@FaithMa.org.
When working cross-culturally in missions, it can be tempting to enter a community and meet needs directly. The problem with this approach is that it side-steps the local church. Local believers are experts on their communities – and they will continue to live in that community long after cross-cultural visitors leave!
THE PEACE PLAN TAKES A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO WORKING
GO TO SERVE THE LOCAL CHURCH
For many Christians, we’ve thought the best we can do to serve globally is pay for missions efforts, pray, and stay out of the way. However, we believe that when Jesus commanded us to go in Acts 1:8, he actually meant go! We live in a unique time in history when it’s never been easier to serve in our neighborhood or around the globe. Every believer has something they can contribute to the body of Christ.
BRING OURSELVES, NOT “STUFF”
It can be tempting to focus on giving resources, but as Jesus modeled, the greatest transformation comes from relationship. We each have much to learn from each other cross-culturally in the body of Christ.
FOSTER LOCAL OWNERSHIP OF LOCAL PROBLEMS
When we shift our focus on empowering local believers with tools and training, the outputs of cross-cultural work are sustainable and reproducible. When they become the hero in their context, the local church is seen as the source of hope for that community and God gets the glory.