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Mission with Through the Roof

Mission with Through the Roof

When we go on mission we believe that:

God is in Charge

  • You are not taking God to this place; rather, God is taking you! (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 139:1-10)
  • God has been at work in this place long before you arrived.
  • God has a plan for this community, this people, and each person (Jeremiah 29:11; Timothy 2:3-5, 2 Peter 3:9).
  • Follow God’s lead, not yours.
  • God will always be with you (Matthew 28:20b, Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5).

To Be Open

  • An open heart is free to be filled by the Holy Spirit and overflow with love (John 14:15-17; Acts 13:2-4; Romans 5:3-5).
  • An open heart is free to be broken by the injustices and poverty of the world (Deuteronomy 15:7-8; Psalm 9:18, Psalm 82:3-4; Galatians 2:10).
  • An open hand is ready to receive.
  • An open hand is a sign of good will and humility (Galatians 5:22).
  • An open hand cannot clutch a clock, a schedule, or a stereotype.

Just Be

  • Be like Jesus. Walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6; Matthew 5:1-16; John 15:1-14).
  • Be human beings not “human doings”! (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Focus on people, not just on the task (1 John 3:18).
  • Work on building relationships, not monuments (Romans 12:9-15).
  • Take a deep breath when things don’t start or end on time; there are more important things in life than sticking to a schedule.
  • Be flexible – things will rarely go as you planned.

Servant-Hearted

  • Learn from your hosts; honour them and God by serving them (John 13:12-17).
  • Find out what your hosts pray for, and commit to praying for that, too (James 5:16).
  • Accept the leadership of your hosts. You are not the one in charge.
  • Practice humility (Luke 22:24-27; James 4:10).
  • There are many ways to do things; yours is only one way, and it may not be right for this time or place.
  • Be adaptable – try new things, set aside biases, and work on fitting into the culture.

 

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Through the Roof is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2015