MISSION DESIGN, by William R. Cruz, Sr.
I. PHILOSOPHY OF MISSION: “What Jesus would do, Christians ought to!” “Seeing the people, Jesus felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
II. MAIN AREAS OF MISSION WORK: A. Spiritual Nourishment: “…He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) B. Educational Empowerment: “Whoever loves discipline, loves knowledge.” (Proverbs 12:1) C. Compassionate Program (Feeding/Clothing): “…for I was hungry, and you fed Me; I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink; I was a stranger, and you welcomed Me; naked, and you clothed Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” (Matthew 25:35,36) D. Fiscal Integrity and Accountability: “He who walks in integrity walks securely.” (Proverbs 10:9)
III. BREAKDOWN OF AREAS OF MINISTRY A. Spiritual Nourishment: 1. The resurrected Lord commanded, and empowered His disciples to “Go therefore, and make disciples…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19,20) 2. A compassionate ministry without the preaching and discipleship in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is similar to government or community feeding and/or entitlement programs: void of spiritual dimension. Christians are not called to duplicate government entitlement programs, but to share with the less fortunate in His Name. 3. We do not organize a denominational congregation, as legally we are not a church, but we work to build up Christian individuals and families by instilling in the people we serve a desire to become and live like Jesus, showing in the everyday life the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5:22,23). 4. We accomplish spiritual growth in the people we serve by the regular, weekly preaching of the Word, praise, Bible studies and devotions.
B. EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT: 1. We greatly encourage preschool education for minority children, ages 2 to 5, to help them develop a sound educational base for regular schooling. 2. We look for donors interested in a Scholarship Program that may enable students to continue studies through high school and college, to pursue a well paid career that may bring success and independence to minorities.
C. COMPASSIONATE PROGRAM (Feeding and Clothing Distribution) 1. Jesus never charged when feeding the crowds. He never asked for IDs, photos or birth certificates. Of course, we keep accurate records of all mission contributions and items distribution, but we do not deny assistance to the needy if they do not have a personal ID. It is Christ’s example we follow by “passing away” the blessings that donors bestow on us to “bless the poor”. 2. We do not barter work for food, as this is contrary to the law for non-profits and to the Christian ethics we practice. We feed and clothe the needy, with no strings attached. 3. Food distribution and help to the needy assistance (money to avoid rent evictions and electric cut-offs) are top priorities in our ministry, budget wise, knowing that our clients are mostly below the poverty line people. We believe that non-profit budgets should stress programs for the needy more than excessively high salaries and perks for staff and office expenditures. 4. Knowing that income to spend in food diminishes in times like these, we help people through an ACCESS Department, where our trained staff assists clients in requesting benefits, through the Internet, from county, state or federal programs they may be entitled to and for which they qualify. We also assist people in need of job employment, applications, translation of official documents, legal aid, medical referrals, etc.
D. FISCAL INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND FUNDING: 1. We hire certified professionals to carry our accounting records regularly. 2. We hire an accountant to audit our accounting books every three years. Internal audits are prepared yearly under the supervision of a certified accountant. 3. We provide receipts for all donations, big or small. We keep receipts for all purchases, big or small. 4. In non-profits, income lags most of the year, thus expenses usually exceed income, during the first three quarters of the year. Consequently, it is necessary when income exceeds expenditures, usually the last quarter of the year, to save as much as possible, so as to balance the budget at the end. Also, we need to develop an aggressive fund raising program through: a. Newsletters and local and county newspapers b. Personal written notes and telephone calls to regular and prospective contributors. c. Speaking engagements at church circle meetings and mission conferences in area churches. d. Websites/Internet use to promote our non-profit projects and outreach. 5. We sincerely believe our ministry is a unique, specialized missionary tool of the church and the community, ministering to the less fortunate. Thus, it is the responsibility of the church and the community to support this ministry, not the government. Furthermore, our mission is the only local, non denominational compassionate ministry to the poor. We serve the needy with no restrictions at all!