Mission StatementFirst of all, let us begin by saying that we believe God has a plan for each of our lives, but has also given us free will. Some choose to do nothing. Some are busy about many things, but never stop to consult God. Both have missed God's plan. This is not God's failing -- it is ours. Jesus said He only did those things He saw the Father doing. We accomplish nothing without Him. God is not controlling. He has given us all authority over our lives and situations.
A former pastor, Owen Cain, used to say, "There are times in your life when your faith is firmly established by something." It may be a situation where God has made a way where there absolutely was no way. It may have been God speaking to your spirit, and you knew it was Him. There can be many of these, or few. God deals with each of us differently. But these are faith builders. Owen used to say that, at these times, you drive a stake into the ground. Any time fear, doubt or unbelief tries to creep in, you go back to that stake and you can say, "I know that I know that I know."
Since God has dealt to each of us a measure of faith, Paula too has a few stakes in the ground and would like to share one of them with you in this mission statement. "Shortly after I began my walk with God, I heard Him speak to me as clearly as I ever have. 'Paula, I am coming to My temple, suddenly. Prepare My people.' I believe this is my mission."
One can't begin to describe how beautiful the beginning walk with Jesus is. It is actually being born again in the spirit - old things are passed away - all things have become new. It is that first love where you can't be around the one you love enough -- where you long to do every little thing that pleases the object of your love. God wants us to experience that first love perpetually; but sadly, just like human love, we settle in. We get too comfortable, too familiar, and begin to take things for granted. It's not that God quits speaking to us -- it's that we quit listening. As a believer you can choose to be either Martha (was always busy about many things), or Mary (who sat at the feet of Jesus to learn and adore). Refer to Luke 10:38-42. This is a believers' decision. It doesn't affect your salvation - it just affects your maturity and unspeakable joy that is experienced as your union grows deeper. Wake up! Seek the better part. Jesus is coming soon!
Paula has seen much abuse heaped upon people by the very church that is supposed to nourish and mature them. People are being neglected, outcast and belittled in some churches. They are being judged and condemned by their own brothers and sisters in the Lord. God loves His church. It is His body. He has said "Come unto Me all ye that labor and I will give you rest".
The Word of God clearly defines what our purpose is: "For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ." Eph. 4:12-13
The purpose of this ministry is to free and lift up the body - till we all come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Until we become those mature sons of God doing the works that He did - just as He prophesied we would. I know Paula had no idea where all the Lord would lead her when she began this magnificent walk with her Savior - but God knew. All it takes is someone who says, "Here am I Lord, use me".