Word from the Director
Dear Ministry Partners,
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)
Yes we were thinking about you especially during the first two weeks of May, as Jasmine Torres, our Resource Development Assistant, and I attended a 10-day Partnership Development workshop facilitated by OMF’s Jojie Wong, Jen Chrystman and Yvette Romero. It was emphasized in the workshop that God’s Kingdom is the end-result of partnership development and not us. Our goal is to invite the church around the world to participate in God’s mission. It is all part of the call of “from everywhere to everywhere.” Partnership development is taking the world to the church and the field work is taking the church to the world.
I admit that sometimes, we have the tendency to join in the pity party of the so-called lone-ranger Christians. Sometimes we feel that we are alone in this fight…that we strive hard to perform or even compete with one another. We get hurt. But then we realize IT’S NOT ABOUT US. IT’S NOT OUR PERSONAL CALL. We are not called to perform. We are called to worship! It’s about God’s kingdom. It’s about journeying together. IT’S ABOUT THE CALL “FROM EVERYWHERE TO EVERYWHERE”. Our main goal is not to bless our own ministries, but how we can use our ministries together to bless the nations. This workshop reinforced one of the most important aspects of mission: PARTNERSHIP.
Partners, we pray that you’ll see 180 Degrees as a ministry that you can trust, and that you see the value and the hard work of training and mobilizing these young people to take their part in the fulfillment of God’s kingdom.
Please also join us in prayer for Batch 10, as we continue to process what we’ve learned about evangelism through Evan Tell. We just finished all four sessions and so far, we’ve seen changes in their perspective about evangelism and how to overcome fear in sharing the gospel. One of our young people testified, “I still struggle with sharing the gospel but I’m glad that 180 Degrees is helping..” This June, we are applying what we’ve learned by actually sharing the gospel to a nearby park and a shopping mall. May the young people see the evident work of God and the Holy Spirit as we share the good news.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP! Every time we think about you, we think about how God is encouraging us to continue the work He started in us and in you and also through YOU!
In Christ’s name and fame,
Executive Director, 180 Degrees Music Team, Inc.