OMS Outreach Jan-Apr 2013 - Page 3

Office of the President Being the Hands,Feet AND Voice of The mission statement of One Mission Society provides a clear mandate. Our mission is to make disciples and multiply churches. This sets us apart, in a sense, from organizations that focus solely on holistic ministry. So, from time to time we get questions about whether OMS is involved in humanitarian work. The answer is an emphatic “yes,” but in order to be aligned with our mission statement, humanitarian work must be secondary to that prime directive. Maintaining this priority is an important discipline. Too many organizations set out to proclaim the Gospel only to have that imperative eclipsed by humanitarian work … and sometimes lost completely. We will not let that happen in OMS. Yet, we know that humanitarian efforts are ordained by God. We see this throughout Jesus’ ministry. When he described his ministry to John the Baptist, he said, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:5). How do we address the critical humanitarian needs we face in our fields of ministry while remaining faithful to our calling? We do so through or in coordination with the local churches and our national partners on each field of service. This does two things. First, it allows us to integrate a humanitarian response into our ministry. Seco ][\ܚ]H[\ [[XX][H\XZ[\H]YY]H[YYوZ\[][]K][و\[و\\\[Hܛ]HH\HY[X]Y H\HXKY\\X ][\H\X[]Y\\ۙ[X[]\X[YYˈ\[HXY[\\YHوT]XXXY^[HX]]\[و\^HZ[\Y\]]HHۙ\\[ۘ]H\Y\\[Z[[YHT\H[[Y]و\\H[YY[HXHو\\HYYX\H]\[ܙوH[ \\‚\Y[ ۙHZ\[ۈY]B‚