In our age of consumerism and novelty, people buy new things and start new tasks but don’t preserve to “finish well!” On this New Year’s Eve 2014, Paul’s words ring in my mind, “I’ve fought the good fight of faith, I’ve finished my course and I’ve kept the faith! (2 Tim. 4:7) Life is a battlefield, not a playground. Yet we don’t fight for victory but from victory. Christians are “more than conquerors” through our Lord Jesus, the faithful One who started a good work in us, will also finish it. The questions is, “How can we be found faithful to Him?”
For God to direct us and fulfill His purposes, we must unreservedly trust and intentionally acknowledge Him in everything. (Prov. 3:5-6; 16:3) We must seek Him and delight to do His will. How does this look particularly for missionaries? Three things will clearly evidence this: our Priorities, Strategies and Goals.
Our priorities reveal what is first and foremost on our hearts and minds. For OTANers this is determined by what God requires (Great Commission) and our overarching purpose (organization’s mission). OTAN exists to make disciple makers of nationals among the unreached within restricted access nations.
Based on deep faith, commitment and sacrifice, our motto “doing what others don’t, won’t and can’t” clarifies our mission. Our strategy states how (method) we intend to deploy our resources to vitalize our God-given vision. The proof we are “bearing fruit that remains” or our “nationals are reaching nationals” is the formation of sustainable faith communities – we are creating indigenous church planting movements! This is natural, spontaneous, exponential and efficient!
If we aim at nothing we always hit it! Goal-setting is God’s desire and our duty (1Cor. 9:26; Phil. 3:14-15) OTANers definitely need definite goals to clarify our mission and focus our energies on our calling! Goals give impetus and evaluate progress of the individual and organization. Goals must be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound). For example, you could say, in 2015, I will conduct 2 trainings for 40 nationals and mentor 2 leaders (1 in US; 1 in-country). During our Skype we will share with our team these goals we have set for ourselves and the country we represent. Our success significantly increases when we receive encouragement from are accountable to our team!
None of us are as good as all of us put together! – Dr. Chris Gnanakan