is sending individuals and groups to foreign countries and to places in their own homeland for the sake of Christ.“Mission [is] understood as being derived from the very nature of God. It [is] thus put in the context of the doctrine of the Trinity, not of ecclesiology or soteriology. The classical doctrine of the missio Dei as God the Father sending the Son, and God the Father and the Son sending the Spirit [is] expanded to include yet another “movement”: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit sending the church into the world.” 1
This sending can be long-term, even permanent, or short-term for a matter of days or weeks. It involves not only evangelization, but supplying basic human needs like food and shelter. Missionaries do construction, well-digging, economic development, literacy, education, health care, and provide housing and care for orphans and widows.
Although the primary purpose is to lead people to Christ, aid is given without requiring religious conversion. “‘I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matt. 25:36-40 (ESV)
The members of Vancouver Household of Faith Church love missions. Some families have been sent to the mission field. Other families go on short-term missions, either in the United States or in foreign countries. Many of our families have made missions a way of life by adopting children who might otherwise never learn about Jesus or be raised in a Christian home.
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