A Problem Some Missionaries Encounter…
There are hundreds of mission sending agencies and all have a mission statement that specifies their particular purpose and vision. If a mission candidate desires to be involved in their specific call to mission, and they meet that particular mission candidate criteria as to qualifications, then there is a presumed match. But what if the candidate has a slightly different concept toward a given mission project or approach to fulfilling ‘The Great Commission’?
The candidate may meet most, if not all, of the stated qualifications and he/she feels that for their particular call to mission they are fully qualified, gifted, trained, prepared, ready, willing, endorsed by family, friends, donors, home church, and are ready go to the field. But, if for some reason their ‘slightly different concept’ or ‘approach to fulfilling The Great Commission’ doesn’t quite match the mission organization guidelines or their personnel file is limited in some way due to their background or circumstances– then what? They may be denied the opportunity to pursue their vision.
A Problem Solved…
This is where Ripe For Harvest World Outreach comes in. Ripe For Harvest World Outreach is a inter-denominational mission sending agency, one of a limited number of mission and church organizations that extend to an individual missionary the opportunity to participate in his or her mission placement.
Our vision is to put into practice Ephesians 4:12, “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Our vision is to help our missionaries fulfill their vision – to prepare them for their “works of service.” And in so doing we are responding and fulfilling our Lord’s prayer request: “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Mt. 9:38, Luke 10:2).
If the mission activity or project that you have in mind meets with our primary purpose statement, and your personal life is in keeping with the mandates of Scripture, and you agree with our Statement of Faith, then you have a place with Ripe For Harvest World Outreach. Our primary purpose as stated in our Bylaws is “To propagate the gospel and further the cause of the kingdom of God in the State of Arizona, the United States of America and in foreign lands.”
We will not lower our personal qualifications for candidates but we will broaden the base of opportunities. We must…in fact, Jesus said it himself, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35b).