What is Vision 2020?
Empowering Mission ONE partners
Mission ONE seeks to further empower Mission ONE’s 20 indigenous, partnering organizations with Missional Business strategies toward financial sustainability and greater ministry impact, by the year 2020.
- Financial sustainability—The ministry activities of Mission ONE’s partners will no longer be dependent upon donations from North America. Instead, income needed to support their ministry efforts will be generated locally.
- Greater ministry impact—By seamlessly integrating business pursuits with mission objectives our partners will broaden and deepen their holistic impact, gain credibility, mobilize more people to the Great Commission through the marketplace, and expand their relational access to more diverse socio-economic classes of people.
The example of Mekong Evangelical Mission (MEM) / Nathan Trading Company
Mission ONE partner MEM operates a “sacha inchi nut” missional business:
- More than 700 churches in over 2000 communities across 4 different unreached countries in Southeast Asia
- 15,000 acres planted of sacha inchi plants
- Sustaining the churches and reducing persecution
- Raising credibility of gospel witness and the influence of the Christian Community
- Secular entities getting involved
- Creating new opportunities for outreach and the gospel
Dr. Chansamone Saiyasak writes:
Praise God for the sacha inchi project throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and [undisclosed country]. We have begun the growth of sacha inchi plants in 11 provinces. Progress is being made to register with agricultural departments in every province that we have farmers working.
The likelihood of churches becoming self-sustaining is quickly becoming a reality. Because of the sacha inchi project Christians are gaining credibility and influence in the local community, thereby enabling them to become community mobilizers instead of a persecuted minority.
Gospel witness is now penetrating the ruling class. Before gospel witness stayed primarily among the lowest class or outclass. Those in the ruling class are also beginning to participate in the sacha inchi project alongside Christians. The gospel now flows into the ruling class from the common Christians and churches.
Mission ONE partners in various stages of progress
To date, two of Mission ONE’s indigenous ministry partners have implemented Missional Business strategies. Both are viable in all four bottom-line pursuits. Mission ONE is currently providing professional consulting services for its remaining partners to develop Missional Business plans.
- Three plans have been completed with consultants and await funding. Two plans are in the final stages of development with consultants.
- Eight other ideas have been submitted to Mission ONE for approval and are waiting to be assigned to a consultant.
A growing portfolio
Mission ONE’s growing portfolio includes the following types of Missional Businesses plans:
- various animal, fish and cash crop farms;
- a maternity hospital;
- a rental car business;
- a basic computer skills training center and internet café;
- music education, production, and promotion;
- a boutique guesthouse;
- medical records coding;
- a fitness center; and
- a day care center.
For more information, contact Bob Schindler, Founder & Global Ambassador: firstname.lastname@example.org.