“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
It is vital to be intentional about the direction you are heading! Over the past three years Mission Possible has become very intentional with strategic planning. We wanted to be intentional and have a clear path for strengthening our ministry and developing Christ-centered leaders. To start, we knew that we couldn’t do anything without leadership. “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” –John C Maxwell So we had to ask ourselves who is going to do this by equipped several Haitian men and women that had a heart for their people and wanted to see change. Once those people were in place and we had a clearer picture of where we wanted to go, we developed mission and vision statements to help us answer what we do and why we do it.
*Mission Possible’s vision statement is “Equipping the Next Generation of Christ-Centered Leaders.”
*Our mission statement is “Identifying and developing leaders by providing Christ-centered leadership training, positive role models, mentoring, coaching, accountability, and opportunities to demonstrate their character and leadership development through increased practical responsibilities over time. Also, protecting and improving the lives of future leaders by providing Christ-centered education, vocational training, nutrition, clean water, medical care, Christian evangelism, and discipleship.”
These have really helped us focus on what is most important and avoid bunny trails that aren’t what we are about as a ministry. It also led us to developing core values that direct everything we do in Haiti. These core values tell everyone involved with Mission Possible how we are going to do things. They help us make decisions and support what we do. It took us awhile to narrow it down to a few that we liked, but these are what we came up with:
- Christ-Centered- carrying out, acting, and living these values at all times even when no one is looking.
- Personal Responsibility- Doing our best and delivering excellence in everything we do. No short cuts, facing our fears, and doing what is right.
- Integrity- Do what is right, legally and morally.
- Loyalty- Bear true faith and allegiance to God, Mission Possible, and other leaders. Support and stand up for fellow leaders.
- Respect- Treat people as you would want to be treated. Appreciate the best in people.
All of our Haitian students and staff have these core values memorized and hear them throughout the week. Since we know who is going to do it, what we do, why we do it, and how we are going to do it, we have a clear direction for the ministry and can be intentional with all our decisions. “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up someplace else.” -Zig Ziglar I’m thankful that Mission Possible knows the direction it is going and is also being prayerful to see if God leads us to do even more. Thanks for your support for reading my blog. Check back next week for more posts.