Evergreen Missions: Why we do what we do
Evergreen Missions’ desire is to reach the unreached people of the world with God’s redeeming love by empowering the indigenous peoples in carrying out the gospel of Jesus Christ from generation to generation.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
We believe the indigenous people have all it takes to be flourishing ever-green trees, planted in the house and courts of the Lord. We believe there is a grace on Evergreen Missions to sow the seeds of God among the unreached people and maintain the fields until there’s a great harvest of God’s fruit for the nations.
In most nations around the world, the indigenous people have a sorrowful history of being mistreated by city dwellers and foreigners. They have become defensive due to the years of being exploited and suppressed. In defense, the welcoming of the gospel has been shunned by tribal elders. Yet, there is always an underlying desire for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in people’s hearts. In the history of most indigenous people groups, missionaries have brought the gospel, preached the gospel and taught the gospel but they have not empowered the locals. Their ministry was very good, but it left all of the locals (indigenous people) to continue to depend on the missionaries. Once the missionaries left, the locals return to their indigenous beliefs. Therefore, the ministry of the first missionaries was like a seed that was planted but no one has watered the seed.
To add to that, nationals from the closest cities have exploited the indigenous people of their land, their culture and trade. Most indigenous peoples have been kicked out into the far flung areas where they have had to fight for themselves and live off the land.
The overall vision & mission of bringing the Kingdom to indigenous peoples by helping to enable them to live out the Gospel abundantly in their own lives, the lives of their tribes, and ultimately the lives of their nations.
The Gospel is hidden in everyone’s cultural belief system; it just needs to be revealed and redeemed to God. Therefore, the act of bringing the Gospel and leaving is not enough; Evergreen Missions is also interested in revealing the God given Gospel that’s already been hidden in their culture for centuries. That way, the people take ownership of the Kingdom and it’s not a foreign thing, it’s theirs!