When A.T. Pierson, "father of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions," forged his convictions about frontier ministry, he was struck by the parable of the nobleman and minas (Luke 19:11-27), reading verse thirteen in his translation as "occupy till I come." No cross-cultural disciple maker working on a foreign field is responsible for converting his or her new neighbors. Rather, we are to "do business until" the Lord returns—providing a tangible, relevant, genuine, and truthfully incarnate witness of the Incarnate God. We declare the Gospel, and we strive to be known for our love (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-21; John 13:35; Acts 1:8).
We pursue disciple-making in communities centered around prayer, fellowship, and the inerrant Word of God given to us in the canonized Scriptures. Our ambition is to create contexts and communities conducive to such a radical change of worldview and behavior. We invite our new neighbors to read the Bible themselves, ask questions, engage in meaningful conversation, and obey what they learn in the Word—just as we are to do the same.