Vision. It’s such a packed word.
We remember when we first came into missions almost five years ago, hearing this word tossed around by everyone around us… “It’s all about your vision,” “People want to partner with a vision,” “God wants to give you clear vision,” etc. It is something that many people feel overwhelmed with and pressured to obtain, yet it is something that I believe should always be growing and developing as we walk with God.
Vision shouldn’t be so much about what we do, but about a constant abiding in our Father that allows us to follow Him and be obedient to where He asks us to go and what He asks us to do. So, our vision may not always be one constant thing, or a specific, strategic goal that can be measured by the human mind, but it will come from a place of seeking God’s heart and radically obeying His voice.
Reaching the Unreached
Something that God revealed to our hearts soon after we got married in 2014, is that He is preparing us to go into the unreached world. So, our “vision” has really grown since then. He is giving us a passion to take His truth and love to those who have never heard before, and He is speaking to us about creative ways of doing that. We know that His heart is to encounter every person from every tribe and every tongue, and right now our role in that is helping form part of the Frontier Missions team here on our base, helping to run Islamic Studies Seminars, and pioneering a new “Groundbreakers” Discipleship Training School which focuses on training our students to go to the unreached with the Gospel, and help them understand and walk in the role God has for them in completing the Great Commission.
Raising up Relevant Leaders
Part of the vision God has given us is to invest in our community here at YWAM San José, Costa Rica, with the purpose of seeing everyone who steps foot on this campus encounter the truth of God, be transformed by His love, discover their gifts, and live their life as relevant leaders in every aspect of society.
We carry this out by creating a culture of care and unconditional love for one another through facilitating what we call “Staff Development.” We connect each person in our community to both disciple and be discipled through mentorship and small group times, as well as bring in speakers to give seminars that encourage and stimulate spiritual, emotional, and mental health & growth so that those who are serving will constantly be uplifted and challenged to grow in following God’s purposes for them.
Raising up the Locals
Another aspect of our “vision” is to invest in the local church by connecting them to already-existing efforts that reach out to the most marginalized and impoverished populations in the city – this means training them to disciple and share Jesus with children at risk, with people who live on the streets, and with those who are trapped by sexual slavery. We are also passionate about seeing people in the local church trained to go out into all the Nations, and to help them become relevant in taking Jesus wherever they go. We have a great passion and longing to see Latinos reaching the people in Nations who still have not heard the truth of Jesus.
Another one of our passions is using storytelling to make great numbers of people aware of the needs around them. One of our projects is to use photography, documentary and short-story film to make known social issues such as poverty, abuse, and sex trafficking – not to give statistics, but to expose the roots of these problems and encourage people to respond by showing them that there is hope for change, because we actually have found stories of transformation to share with others. Not only that, but we are able to connect people with ministries that we trust, who are truly making a difference in the lives of people who want to be set free from their lives of sexual slavery and other injustices.