27 Jan 2020 Vision: A Look at MUR’s Future
By Phil Waldron, CEO, Mission UpReach, Inc.
In referring to James 4:13, one author wrote, “The problem here is not making the plan- James doesn’t go on to say that planning is sinful, or foolish. The problem is an attitude of self-reliance. “Tomorrow, I will do this or that.” James exhorts us to have an attitude of subjection. It seems that he was referring to the same spiritual principal that Paul talks about in Romans 8:28, where he says that “all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Here at MUR we have never been more confident in God’s active providence than when we look back over His blessings on our feeble efforts in these past ten years. As we muddled through, He directed our footsteps.
With the departure of 2019, we have just completed 10 years of “boots on the ground.” We pray that God will continue to direct our footsteps in the next ten years for His glory. Following are just some of the things that we are dreaming about accomplishing:
- Reaching a solid financial footing with our investment in our Moses Project agriculture so that the income from ag-activities will pay for all of our overhead costs and 100% of donations will go to direct cost of ministries and programs.
- Expanding our discipleship and Christian leadership trainings to help spark a restoration type revival throughout the western part of Honduras that leads to one church in each village in this generation.
- Expanding our school for deaf to include both adults and children.
Begin running a Christian Bible camp for children and pre-adolescents that runs year-round with a combination of week-long camping, sessions combined with multiple three-day, weekend retreats for the same children that attend the weeklong sessions.
- Opening a permanent surgery clinic to serve the needs of the poor who do not have access to many basic needed surgeries, that are literally life changing, that are commonly available to us in the US.
These objectives are goals that have been forged through many trials, and some spectacular successes over the last ten years. We believe that with God’s blessings and a firmer, financial foundation from our stewardship of the Moses Project ag-businesses; we will see hundreds and even thousands of the poor and needy becoming Christians. At the same time many of them will be learning, practical every-day skills that will help them earn a living and support their families without the need to migrate-illegally to the United States just to be able to survive financially.
None of this would be possible, without you, our donors and supporters. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support over these last ten years. “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” Amen.