Establishing SELF-SUSTAINING Samaritan Strategy teams in new areas
I. WHAT WE ADDRESS
In spite of numerical church growth, most believers struggle to serve others and witness about God’s purposes in their areas of influence.
This has two consequences:
Christians who remain immature in their faith walk.
Churches that make little impact for the Kingdom in their societies.
II. OUR PLAN
We equip local churches worldwide to make disciples of Jesus, helping them to witness about God’s purposes in all areas of life.
III. HOW WE DO IT
Harvest’s Samaritan Strategy: To sow the seed of vision, to provide initial tools, to encourage and coach church leaders, to multiply sowers and coaches, and mentors to extend our calling.
IV. GLOBAL RESULTS – IMMEDIATE
People discover creative ways to apply the Scriptures in their areas of influence, using local resources.
Average results per year:
900 churches represented by participants
Total until 2019:
153 projects and 85 meetings (follow-up, regional, and strategic meetings)
V. GLOBAL RESULTS – LONG-TERM
From brokenness to healing, believers grow like Jesus and God’s love touches every area of life where they live.
SEED PROJECTS AND DISCIPLINES OF LOVE
Short, small, and simple activities done by believers (Seed Projects – group activities) Disciplines of Love – (individual acts) to demonstrate God’s love to those outside the church, using local resources.
Average seed projects and disciplines of love per year:
VI. GLOBAL RESULTS – EXAMPLES
In Tanzania, Masai men held their children for the first time and helped their wives with their chores.
In India, rickshaw pullers were helped with shoes and medicines.
In Venezuela, a school for poor children was renovated.
In Kenya, a village was transformed by the establishment of a school.
In Brazil, a tribal group built sanitation and a school in their reservation.
In Nepal, families affected by natural disasters were helped to rebuild their houses.
People become mature in Christ, adopt a lifestyle of service, have a positive impact in their areas of influence, and a movement towards fulfillment of God’s intentions takes place.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Harvest staff trained churches and modeled loving service by cleaning up the streets of Kinshasa. People recognized the importance of honoring the Lord while caring for their environment, and small projects of street clean-up multiplied. This became known by the government authorities, who, touched by the example of God’s people, organized similar actions in large scale. The streets of Kinshasa improved, and God’s purposes for a safe and nice environment were accomplished.