Love In Motion
Short Term Intensive Discipleship Trips
Monadnock Ministries has been working in Haiti since 1983. Over the years, we have built schools, orphanages and hospitals, fed thousands of people, sponsored over 700 children for school and seen so many trust in Christ as their Savior and have responded to multiple crises resulting from earthquakes and hurricanes. God has been so good. Today, that program is called Love in Motion and our primary mission is to provide short term intensive discipleship experiences to Haiti for teens. We believe God has always been calling His church to action, and we intend to heed the call.
WHO IS LOVE IN MOTION
In 1983, Russ Bryant, then Director of Monadnock Ministries, took his first trip to Haiti after being challenged to consider starting a Christian Camp internationally. He traveled with Dr. Claude Noel to his native country to survey the possibly. It did not take long for Papa Russ (what he later became known as to the Haitian people) to conclude that Haiti did not need a camp, it needed, hospitals and schools and orphanages. And the Haiti ministry was born. First known as Bridge Builders, and now Love in Motion, God has used us to serve the Haitian people both physically and spiritually. We are honored that God would choose us to be apart of what He is doing in Haiti.
OUR CORE VALUES
- Ministry to the whole person that is God honoring, culturally relevant and sensitive.
- Empowering and equipping Haitian run ministries to carryout the task of sharing the gospel and caring for those in need.
- To minister to the Haitian people in ways that local ministries cannot or would have extreme difficulty doing.
- Provide opportunities for teens and churches to care for the ”least of these” through intensive discipleship experiences
- Investing in the spiritual growth of those who step out in faith to go, pray and give.
- Giving perspective to the global movement of God
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
A Biblical foundation for short-term missions: Many have debated whether or not short-term missions have any missiological significance. The most recent data suggests participants in short–term missions are in the millions annually and giving toward short-term mission has surpassed giving toward long term missions. Short-term missions have become an extremely popular way to serve.
In the scriptures, we see people involved in service to God for short periods of time. Jesus sent out the twelve (Luke 9) and the seventy two (Luke 10), Paul’s multiple stop missionary journeys, the Israelite spies, Nehemiah and his construction team as well as Jonah. These are only a few examples but we do see how short-term deployment and strategies had value in the scriptures.
Time and time again, God chose to send out common, non-professionals to carryout His plan. He still does today. Short-term and long-term mission needs to work hand in hand to advance the Kingdom. There is no place for rogue or caviler organizations or teams. Critics of Short-term missions cite theses types of groups as being harmful to the work of long-term missions and the local national church. Short-term missions need to operate in light of the greater work of God around the world. Short-term missions has valid strategies with unique strengths. It had a place in the scriptures and still does today.
While there is biblical support for both long-term and short-term missions, the sender and goer still have a great responsibility to do mission well. We must not promote western culture and western Christianity and risk damaging or insulting the local national church. Our job is to answer the call of God to go, and as we are going, to serve Him humbly and faithfully as we carry out the task before us.A Biblical foundation for ministering to the whole person
There is a view that says missions is all about proclamation. At any cost, preach the word. Proclamation is certainly needed. Our knowledge of God in general revelation speaks to His existence, not his work of salvation. Certainly this is enough to convict, but not convert. Proclamation alone though, can be devoid of compassion, ignoring any present physical need. Jesus in Matthew twenty-five clearly conveys that concern for physical needs is evidence of a follower of Christ. Our Savior champions meeting physical needs in His name. There is an appropriate time for both proclamation and meeting physical needs.
“That man who fell among the robbers needed above all else at that moment oil and bandages for his wounds, not evangelistic tracts in his pockets! Similarly, in the words of a missionary in Nairobi quoted by Bishop John Taylor, ‘a hungry man has no ears.’ 1
When we have the opportunity to proclaim, we do it. When we come across the hungry, thirsty, naked and sick, our mandate is to the meet their need in Jesus’ name. Not that we would earn the right to be heard (proclaiming the gospel) but because that is what He calls us to do. Mercy ministry should not be the bait on a hook. Having an ulterior motive in binding a wound and feeding the hungry is devoid of God’s love and hypocritical. It is counter-intuitive and disingenuous to see a brother or sister in need and say, “Go, I wish you well. Keep warm and well fed” and yet do nothing about it. Mercy ministry done in the name of Jesus offers credibility to the gospel. If the opportunity to proclaim the gospel were not offered at the end, would we refuse to feed the hungry child and clean his wound? May it never be!! Proclamation and mercy ministry do work hand in hand, but are never solely a means to each other.
We pray that our service leads not only in strengthening the local Haitian schools and churches to a more holistic care for Haitians but leads to an opportunity to share the gospel or lead them to a Haitian pastor or ministry that can follow up. A long-term incarnational discipling relationship is what a believer needs to foster a long-term relationship with the Father. Those remaining when we leave best carry that out.
1 Stott, John. Christian Ministry in the Modern World. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL, 1975, pg 44