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Missions, aide & relief, social justice, child rescue, micro finance, community development, humanitarian, refugee work, the list of the world’s “good works and needs” is so long, with each word having a specific definition, focus and purpose, which also requires certain skills and abilities in order to be effective.

Each work has its own value and no work is “pointless or unnecessary”, but the word “wholistic” can cause a blending of these words, or works, together, blurring the definitions and potentially undermining the value of an individual word if it is not seen to be connected to other words.

John 14:12 is a Missions organization. We preach and teach the message of Jesus, with the sole aim and purpose of making disciples, who will go on and do the same.

We might from time to time touch, or be involved in some other aspect of “doing good” that is best defined by using another word, but this is not our focus, it just might need to be done today for this family, individual or even community.

One thing I have noticed about other forms of “doing good”, whether that is student sponsorship or building a home, it does not usually lead to the production of a disciple. It’s a “good thing” and needed to be done, but it usually distracts from our purpose more than it adds to it.

We do many “good things” and we will continue to do many “good things”, Jesus went around doing good, but even for Jesus it did not often equate to disciples being made.

In an increasingly diverse missions world, there are many things we don’t do, but we are aiming at doing one thing very well – we make disciples.

So, let me just restate this –

John 14:12 is a Missions organization. We preach and teach the message of Jesus, with the sole aim and purpose of making disciples, who will go on and do the same.

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