For the past two years we have been praying and planning for the next mission. In that time, we have had numerous ideas, several that were ours and finally one we know to be from God. The mission is quite simple, Jesus plus nothing.
Missionaries have been setting out for two thousand years now to spread the “good news” and what started out as a celebration of Jesus and all He had done for those missionaries has turned into a global business burdened by dependency and non-sustainability. In most part, due to a lack of local ownership and the inability to follow the original mission’s model.
The Apostle Paul should be our model for missions work and the mission must be Jesus plus nothing. In researching his travels and ministry, we find that he traveled lightly, generally with another man to his destination where he began to proclaim the mightiness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to the people of the land. After some time there, The Spirit would guide him in choosing another man from that land to perpetuate the Gospel so he could travel to his next destination. Paul repeated this same pattern until he was put to death.
What can we learn from this model? To put it simply, as missionaries today, we must adhere to the original plan set by Jesus himself. Our mission is, according to Matthew 28:18-20 “18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This is the mission. How then have we gone so far astray? How can we go against the Savior’s command and expect our works to be blessed? We must reverse course and change our methods, so the message is heard loud and clear. ArchAngel Farms’ mission is to get the people to follow Jesus and as quickly as possible get out of the way and let The Spirit of The Lord take control.
During this time of prayer, we have been guided and directed to Uganda. The Father has done most of the hard work already by connecting us with people and organizations in Uganda who are in a position, and willing to help our mission in any way possible. The originally proposed project was for AAF to take a lead role in the construction of a village for young men that have legally aged out of orphanages, following the Antioch model, which on its face looks like a great idea, but does it follow Paul’s model? Not exactly.
God’s proposal for Uganda is this. We find our man, help him establish an NGO there, train and mentor him, assist in procuring the land, then finally leave him to be led by The Spirit to raise disciples in his village. The creation of the discipleship village should take less than one year with a minimal one-time financial investment. The village will be mostly self-sustaining, and they will be able to sell or barter crops they grow for daily necessities they are unable to make on their own.