The work of these brothers is woven together as God has ordainded each of us with unique gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:28) For the mission board serving this work from within the U.S., the gifts of prayer, love, support and organization compel us to bring support to see the work completed in Costa Rica.
For the Jones’ brothers, their gifts have led them to callings that serve the needs of the Church. Each plays a key role in translating, teaching, evangelizing, yet each share these same roles when ministering to the mountain people. The mission statements below outline the specific vocational mission each has been called to serve.
Mission Statement (as stated by Timothy Jones)
- Making disciple of these nations by:
- Translating the entire Bible into Cabecar and other languages as we see necessary.
- Producing audio recordings and developing teaching materials in these languages.
- Aggressively training disciples to contend for the kingdom (Training takes place in everyday life and work, as well as formal teaching, and organized outreach)
- Networking /organizing these people for pushing the kingdom forward.
- Developing a center where many of these aspects go on or originate from.
- Giving ourselves no rest until His bride, his Jerusalem has become the praise of all the earth. (Isaiah 62:6,7)
- We do not have as a purpose simply gathering people together into communities of faith (churches) and meeting their needs. Rather we as the church have the purpose of invading every area of society through everything we do for the one goal of establishing his kingdom.
Mission Statement (as stated by Philip Jones)
- ABIDE. We know this vision is impossible in and of ourselves, but we believe that as we abide in Christ we will bear much fruit (John 15:5). To this end we meditate on the written Word, work, pray, and BELIEVE. Then we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season . . . Whatever he does prospers.” (Ps. 1:3) We relate these streams to the River of God seen in Rev. 22:1-3 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” As we focus on the throne of God and of the Lamb and draw our life from the River that comes from Him, we will bear much fruit, and our lives will be for the healing of the nations. The curse will be lifted and there will be no more night. (Rev. 3-5).
- WORK What we do may take on many forms depending on our abilities and the needs at hand, but I believe that whatever we do in faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading will produce fruit. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Eccl. 9:10)
Mission Statement (as stated by David Jones)
- Making evangelistic trips. Hikes that are as short as one night and as long as two weeks depending on the location of the geographical areas being targeted. Depending on the area to be visited, the lay of the land usually allows us to cover several outreach points on the same trip. As people turn to Jesus, small house churches begin to develop, so the focus on hikes into the mountains becomes largely discipling the Christians as well as ongoing evangelism.
- Forming leaders in the mountains. By training people with humble hearts that love Jesus to help there own people in the communities where they live by being elders and teaches in the churches, we greatly multiply our efforts in remote communities.
- Building disciples through vocational training. We help our disciples learn skills that can be used in their world to generate income and for their personal benefit in making their living conditions better. We teach them to saw lumber with large chain saws and simple construction. Our goal is that Bible teaching and discipleship is combined with vocational training.
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