It has never been easy to describe our mission in mere words. . . a drop of water, ripples in a pool, rain nurturing the soil – even images fail.
So let’s begin with the beginning.
The Bible in the language of Lumasaaba puts it like this,
“Ne Umwoyo wa Wele aaba nga akyeendaanila khu ngaaki khwe kameetsi.
“The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
It is true – without water, there would be nothing. It is essential to life and makes an excellent metaphor for our work here at Open Chapel International and most people would begin there. But when we say begin at the beginning we mean at the very beginning – before there even was a beginning. And that beginning – is God.
As the Spirit of God hovered over the waters, brooding some versions say, we see not only creation, but thought, intention and yes . . . love. Our mission is to be drops of love to the tribal peoples of East Africa. The reason is simple, we want every tongue, tribe, language and people group to worship God in the unique way He has created them, to give Him glory.
How do you do that?
Isn’t that the big question? Being a river of love seems like a pretty big mission, maybe even just a pipe dream. Wouldn’t everybody love to reach the nations for Christ. Certainly it is a huge task, but we feel God has given us specific ways to reach out . . . little drops of water, if you will, that create ripple effects. Here are our areas of focus:
Evangelize the lost through open air crusades, door-to-door visits, Community Health Evangelism (CHE), public stand for Christ, witness of a righteous life.
Intercede for God’s Kingdom to be established in the land, government, culture and hearts of people.
Plant churches to initiate worship of God and found a body of believers who will demonstrate God’s transforming power in the community.
Equip Pastors and ministers of the Gospel to shepherd, nurture and protect the congregation as well as provide for their own family needs through tent making skills and ecological agriculture.
Record the Bible in audio form using the entirety of Scripture that has been translated into the local tribal languages of East Africa. Use this tool to help preserve languages and redeem cultures.
What about me?
You may be asking this ever important question and we urge you to do so. The Gospel is absolutely not man-centered, but we all have a place in fulfilling the Great Commission. We know you have a call of God on your life and we certainly don’t claim to have the corner market on missions. We would love for you join us or us to join you, however you want to look at. We are all in this together. Why reinvent the wheel?
It’s not about us, but about God. Yet, He chooses to use us in ways we never imagined. I think that’s where Open Chapel International comes it. Let’s face it, you can’t be everywhere at once and neither can we. So let’s work together and multiply our efforts.
Being on the ground, in country, we often experience situations that are not open to the average person. Chances to learn, hear and see needs. We help you make the most of every opportunity. We want to be your eyes and ears on location, looking for ways to help.
I don’t have time to learn a tribal language.
We’ve got you covered. Our team is made up of people who speak the local languages, know the culture and understand the unique challenges of each community. We’re a team of creative, passionate and knowledgeable individuals ready and equipped to make the most of every opportunity. If you are one of our many ministry partners, you can color yourself into the photo as well. We are all in this together.
I’ve got enough on my plate already.
Everyone’s got a plate full. They say if you want something done, ask a busy person. When you partner with us, we actually help each other be in two places at once. I think we could all use a clone now and then.
Are there any super heroes left?
Remember Moses, arguably one of the greatest super heroes in the Bible? God was leading the people of Israel through the wilderness and finally had had just about enough of their rebellion. God told Moses in the wilderness to go on ahead without Him? God would just send an angel with them instead. The people of Israel tried to take off their ornaments to get God’s attention, but it only made Him more mad.
Listen to what happened next in Exodus 33:
We are so NOT about just moving forward with our own plans and asking God to bless what we are doing. Open Chapel International is committed to seeking God’s face to find out what HE is doing and then join Him in it. After all, there are no super-heroes in missions. Prayer takes first priority and is a huge part of what we do. Without the Spirit of God, we aren’t going anywhere.
Is this about getting me to send a check?
Okay, let’s cut right to the chase. The honest answer to your question is, No. Sure we love to eat and have enough money to ride in a car, but no one is eating steak and driver a Ferrari here (more like posho and beans and being stuffed into a public bus).
God doesn’t really need your money, He wants all of you. Remember when they asked Jesus if it was okay to pay taxes. He took a coin with Cesaer’s image on it and said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.” The trick was, the Pharisees knew everything belongs to God.
We are committed to you as a partner, not just you as a piggy bank. After all, the piggy has to be broken before you can get the money out. No one wants shattered relationships because money got in the way. We aim to delight you as a partner, not make you regret the day you signed up for our newsletter.
That means it’s for you to decide what God is asking of you. We don’t use guilt or sensational photos to get your hard earned cash. Frankly, that attitude from anyone would make me angry and I’m sure you feel the same. We hate the one sided conversation where it seems like you’re doing all the giving and we’re having all the fun. But what we do commit to, is helping you fulfill the call of God on your life, whether you give or not. We promise to communicate with you on a regular basis, not just newsletters. We make sure to bring you along on this journey we are on together.
If you’ve made it this far, it probably means you are interested. Why not send us a message? Tell us about yourself. Let’s get acquainted and see where it leads. We know a kiss is not a promise, but we sure would appreciate you reaching out to us today.
Thanks for reaching out.