Hey guys! In the last entry we talked about the Mission Lazarus vision "bringing eternal worth to light." The dream of a future Honduras and Haiti where all people, actions, and things harmoniously coexist to magnify the glory of God is our dream. Imagining this magnificent future coming to fruition is what inspires our actions and plans of today.
That vision paints quite a utopian picture, doesn't it? The great challenge is bringing a grand vision like that from above the clouds down to street level where the action happens. It's like we're able to see the destination looming on the distant horizon, but now we just need a roadmap to get us there. Any old app or AAA folded map would never suffice. We need guidance that will get us beyond all the present and future obstacles and distractions, and will help us overcome every temptation to quit. We need a reliable roadmap that will guide through the desert seasons.
Our roadmap at Mission Lazarus is our mission statement. Our mission statement serves as our compass to make sure that everything we do serves the purpose of making that divine dream a reality.
At Mission Lazarus, we cultivate dignity and purpose so that individuals can live abundant lives now and for eternity.
Every program, plan, action, behavior, interaction, service project, latrine installation, educational curriculum, artisan good crafted, delicious dish served at the Posada, or life nurtured at the Children’s Refuge must pass the mission statement litmus test.
Whether we’re talking about an evangelistic outreach event in Haiti, or perhaps a new leadership development initiative in Honduras, if it does not somehow encourage and equip people to both recognize and respond to their immeasurable value in Christ as well as to pursue a better and more sustainable quality of life, then it’s not our calling. Because we do implement programs and behaviors that really do cultivate Christ-rooted dignity and purpose in the lives of others, we trust that God will take care of rest.
In his book Mission Drift, Paul Geer asserts that “God has called us to lives of faithfulness. And this is the lifeblood of Mission True organizations.”
I'm proud to affirm that Mission Lazarus is a faith-based organization, a family of men and women who are relentlessly "mission true" to seeing, loving, valuing, and serving the everyday forgotten Honduran and Haitian person, and the result is eternal worth is being measurably brought to life!
Do you have a mission statement for your life and ministry? We’d love to hear how you and your organization stay mission true amid all the noise and distractions of this busy world to avoid mission drift!