Through the years, The Lord has led Servant Life to four Core Values that shape all the work we do. They are: Gospel-centered ministry, long-term strategies, one-on-one relationships, and a focus on youth and children. Every missionary in our global network is prayerfully and specifically selected by the type of ministry they are doing. We are highlighting each of these Core Values in a four part series. Let’s talk about “One-On-One Relationships.”
Ministry is 100% about relationships. Whether that relationship is with a missionary in Ecuador, the person sitting next to us on a plane, or a child in a remote village in East Asia – all of these relationships are conduits through which ministry occurs.
Jesus told his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” in Matthew 28:18 and we view this act of “making disciples” as sharing life in Christ with the world. The primary method that The Lord has chosen to spread His Gospel to the ends of the earth is the voice of His people (Romans 10). We are his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Therefore, our trips are structured in such a way to leverage the time we have towards developing relationships with lost souls that can open the door to Gospel conversations. Though this is a simple command, it can be an uncomfortable one to obey. Sharing life often pulls us out of our comfort zone; but, within these one-on-one relationships, people hear and experience the Gospel.
Our goal is to provide mission experiences that allow students to have extensive, saturated time to build relationships with those they are serving. Whether it is serving as support staff at a camp, ministering to orphans, or teaching English to a refugee from an unreached country, we want trip participants to form meaningful relationships as a platform to share the life-giving Good News of Jesus Christ. Sure, it would be easier to go overseas, build a house, and come back home. You would probably even feel good about yourself, but people are not saved by seeing acts of kindness. Sinners are saved by repenting and believing that Christ’s finished work on the cross is their only hope from righteous condemnation. Will you tell them the Good News that they may believe?
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
– Ryan Childress, Servant Life Director