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In May of last year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EFM Board took a couple of big steps. First, they approved a vision statement for EFM. This statement fits well with the mission statement that we already have: Our purpose and passion is to fuel a worldwide movement of people who seek first the kingdom of God, planting churches that live and die to carry out the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment.
Here’s the new vision statement:
Evangelical Friends of North America fully mobilized
to send missionaries who plant groups of churches around the world
that are faithful, sustainable, multiplying, and mobilized to send missionaries themselves.
The second step the Board took last May was to adopt a strategic goal to carry out this vision and mission. Here it is:
We agreed that in launching these new fields we will pursue partnerships with Evangelical Friends groups on other continents who share our vision and wish to work with us.
Please watch our video at www.friendsmission.com/five-year-goal that presents what we are calling the Five-Year Goal.
In the lessons that accompany this cover letter you will see how we are carrying out the vision, mission, and Five-Year Goal. You will be introduced to action steps like…
You’ve probably already noticed that Luke chapter 10 figures prominently in all of these steps. In the lessons you’ll find out why.
The clock for the Five-Year Goal has just started ticking and I can tell you that the goal is stretching us already! It is stretching our faith in the Lord. It’s also causing us to strengthen partnerships in this part of his body called Friends. We are sure as we can be that the Lord wants us to pursue this goal. But will we, his body, fully embrace it? I pray we will. And I believe we will.
I encourage you to use the lessons in small groups and Sunday school classes during the weeks leading up to Easter. Then, on Easter Sunday, your church may choose to take an offering for EFM, or it may encourage individuals and groups to send their offerings directly to EFM. Whatever is given through this offering will be used for EFM’s work around the world.
As you will see in the lessons, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are going to need all the prayers and financial support we can get as well as your time and maybe even your physical presence. In other words, we need YOU!
LET’S GO TOGETHER TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!
Your fellow servant in Christ,
Executive Director of EFM
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