Prayer, seeking communion with God’s heart and with like-minded Christians around the globe, is the starting point of our missionary enterprise.
Matthew 9:36-38; John 17:20; Acts 1:8,14; 2:37-42; 13:2-3; Ephesians 6:18-20; The Essentials of Prayer, E.M. Bounds
Growing in Christ
We commit ourselves to a growing relationship with God, remembering that we cannot learn about being Christ’s personal representative from worldly cultures or philosophies. Kingdom culture is learned by knowing and following the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-21; Colossians 1:10-14; Hebrews 13:7-9; 3 John 1:11
Making God Supreme in Missions, Piper; Abandoned to God, Oswald Chambers; Finding Common Ground, Tim Downs
We recognize that each person, in whatever life situation they are in, is God’s special representative; and that as each learns to love Him and serve Him in their native environment, He may send them cross-culturally in the same capacity to continue bearing witness for Him (for they remain the same unique individuals).
2 Corinthians 2:14-17; 5:17-20
A Reluctant Missionary, Margaret Hayes; Life of Hudson Taylor; Operation World – PB 2010, Jason Mandryk
The local body of New Hope should rally around and follow together as much as possible the direction that God is leading and gifting individuals to spear-head kingdom-expansion.
Deuteronomy 31:7-23; Luke 8:13; Acts 13:1-5; 14:26-28; 15:40-41; Romans 10:14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:14; 16:10-11; 2 Cor. 11:8; 3 John 1:5-8; Bruchko, Bruce Olson
Family to Family Partnerships
Encouragement and sharing of life between missionary partners and families within our church body strengthens a larger core value that God has ordained – that He blesses the nations through families in which Christ reigns supreme.
2 Corinthians 8; cf. Acts 16:4; Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 6; Galatians 2-3; Ephesians 6:4
Culturally Sensitive Servanthood
We can learn better how to follow and serve God from Christians in other cultures, so when we go, we go as listeners and servants (e.g., the persecuted Christian can teach us how to stay true Christ and serve one another in times of great stress).
John 4:1-42; 13:1-17, 34-35; Acts 11,15; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Luke 10:29-36
Cross-Cultural Servanthood (Duane Elmer); A Chance to Die: The Life & Legacy of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth
Keeping the Gospel Central to the Task
We prepare ourselves to take every opportunity we can to verbally communicate the Gospel to indigenous peoples. This communication will be carried by an attitude of friendship, sacrifice, courage and every effort to use words appropriate to the hearers heart language – words that are faithful to historical, grammatical, and evangelical interpretations of God’s Word.
Romans 1:16-17; Acts 2:5-6, 32-33; Philippians 1:27-30; 2 Corinthians 4
We will not deny martyrdom to ourselves or our children. If God so directs, we will lay down our lives for Him and will not prevent our children from doing the same.
Matthew 10:22,28,37; 5:10; John 15:20; 16:33; Philippians 1:21; Hebrews 11:36-38
The Triumphant Church (Wurmbrand, Piper, Martin); Shadow of the Almighty (Elliot); Jesus Freaks, DC Talk