HEARTWORK MISSIONS BELIEVES IN the RED PROGRESSION:
RESPOND TO AN OPPORTUNITY //
ENCOUNTER JESUS //
DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE IN GOD'S STORY //
Jesus instructs His followers on multiple occasions to, "GO." We see this clearly in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus says, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age," (Matthew 28: 18-20).
In order for us to be a part of what God is doing around the world, we must simply respond to the calling He places on our lives to "GO."
Encounter is a monumental word for Heartwork Missions because we firmly believe that as followers of Jesus we are simply participating in the story of God, which is bigger than the story of ourselves. We believe God is already at work around the world and that we do not need to "bring" Him to places around the world, but rather we must ENCOUNTER Him wherever we go. This is modeled after Jesus in the Gospel of John where He responds to the Jewish leaders saying,“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working . . . Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does," (John 5:17, 19).
Heartwork Missions believes Mission Trips are about coming alongside and encountering what God is already doing around the world.
In our experience, more often than not, we see people growing in an understanding of their purpose in God's story after going on missions. This is especially true for all of our staff members. We also see this validated in scripture as Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will, For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others," (Romans 12:1-5).
Our lives are about something bigger than ourselves. Responding to God's call and encountering what He is doing will help you discover what your purpose is in God's story.