Why, What, How?

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September 1, 2019

Vision, Mission, Core Values

Why does an organization need to work so hard to communicate clear vision? Didn’t we already have a vision and mission from the beginning of All-Nations Bible Translation?

The vision for All-Nations was strong in 2010, and it still is. But since that, almost 10 years later, we have sensed a need to further clarify that vision. We came to realize that we must determine what our “laser focus” needs to be, as we seek to continue answering the fundamental question of why All-Nations Bible Translation exists.

The overarching vision, mission, and core values of All-Nations can be articulated as follows:

Our Vision:

Communities of believers in every language group living out the Word of God

Communities: not just individuals, but just like in the book of Acts, groups gathered together, breaking bread from house to house, continuing daily in the Apostles doctrine, and fellowship, and prayers.

Believers: there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved—Jesus Christ the Lord.

Every language group: many languages remain unreached; they have no scriptures in their own language and instead must use a language of wider communication if desiring to access God’s Word.

Living out the Word of God: not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom but he who does the will of my Father—teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.

Our Mission:

We partner with churches to send teams who facilitate Bible translation and community development while working to establish indigenous churches.

Teams: Teams are sent ultimately to make disciples of Jesus and plant local churches. Every team member is involved with church planting.

Bible Translation: Church-planting teams include members trained to work with mother-tongue speakers in translating Scripture into their language and making it available in accessible formats.

Community Development: Church-planting teams include members trained to help the people identify and develop God-given resources in areas including agriculture, economics, and health. Teams also facilitate literacy initiatives.

Indigenous Churches: The overarching goal of all efforts is a maturing church that is set apart to God yet reproducible within its cultural context.

How core values help us navigate: It has been suggested that “vision” answers the question of why an organization exists; it is the ultimate destination. The “mission” of an organization answers the question of what an organization does and shows the pathway that must be traveled in order to reach the vision or destination. Then finally, the “core values” of an organization answer the question of how the pathway or roadmap must be traveled as we navigate toward that destination.

Our Core Values:

Tradition and Innovation
Embracing our Anabaptist heritage, acknowledging its values and strengths,
while stepping forward boldly to take new territory in Jesus’ name.

Humility and Confidence
Prayerfully dependent on God, acknowledging our inadequacy and the impossibility of the vision,
yet assured of God’s call to make disciples of Jesus in every nation and to equip his people for the task.

Collaboration and Conviction
Working together with others, acknowledging that we are not called to work alone,
but willing to stand alone for values that honor our Lord Jesus and His Word.

Will you help us take the name of Jesus to those who have never heard? Maybe God is calling you to participate in some way? Revelation 7:9 tells us that one day all nations and languages and tongues will be gathered before the throne to worship God throughout eternity. Let’s labor together for the fulfillment of that vision!

—Joel Martin

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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10