Lost souls matter to God, so they matter to us. Because the Bible makes it clear that God's heart is for every tribe, tongue and nation, we are absolutely dedicated to the call to be a sending church and a missions outpost. But we are also a movement of wisdom. When choosing how to partner and where to go, good intentions are not enough. We recognize that it is possible to have good intentions about helping people, relieving the afflicted, sending out missionaries, but if it is not done in wisdom, we harm the very people we want to help. What does this missional wisdom look like?
We begin by praying through and identifying the actual needs of an individual or community before moving into the realm of helping. A misdiagnosis of the problems related to poverty or brokenness results in remedies that are ineffectual and sometimes even harmful.
Next, we strive to partner with people, and not do for them what they are capable of doing for themselves. This avoids the danger of creating dependence and exacerbating feelings of inadequacy and shame to those in need.
Finally, we embrace a holistic approach to missions. Justice without Jesus is never true liberation. We desire to reach out to the whole person, meeting both spiritual and physical needs, and then connect that person to the local church so they can continue to grow as a disciple.
We are aware that short-term trips can easily do more harm than long-term help and change. We aim to have short-term trips with a long-term focus. We partner with a few missionaries around the world, and try to serve and support their long-term work. The goal of any short-term trip is to work under the authority of local church leaders and missionaries to support the local church. Because of this, every trip varies on length and focus depending on the needs of the missionaries and local church.
Please take time to prayerfully consider the Greenhouse short-term trips available at this time. If you do not see a trip that matches your skill set and interests, we recommend you check out some of the sending organizations listed below.