Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5
As I said in my last post, working with the Issachar Initiative in 2016, we brought together (aggregated) a group of four ministries to send workers to )as far as we could determine) the last remaining unengaged people groups in the country of Nepal. Reports, after three years, seem to indicate that this was successful, even though there was little collaboration on the field and certainly no integration of process.
It was at this time that I also attended an Unreached People Group Consultation hosted by Strategic Resource Group aimed at starting a conversation among ministry sector leaders (Bible Translation, Orality, Prayer Mobilization, Film/Video Production, Media, Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership Development, and Church Formation) working in one region of the world (the Greater Middle East). We had discussed the need for “end-to-end” approaches to mission advancement (multiple sectors working together toward one common goal), but this was the first time I had seen a major funding group seeking to tangibly bring them together.
Over the next twelve months, I (along with many others) was invited to participate in multiple web meetings on topics covering each of the ministry sectors identified above. What were the best practices? Where was success being observed? How could this strategic region of the world truly be reached? An idea began to form in my mind that was more comprehensive than what we had attempted at Issachar (by then, twice … including a West Africa Engagement Alliance launched in Birmingham, AL) and then I got invited to lunch…. Stay tuned.