One of the things I love about International Teams is how it feels when God brings the right people together around something important—like our shared commitment to seeing lives and communities transformed by the power of God. That’s what I see happening around the vision for the year 2020. Scott Olson recorded an interview about the 2020 Vision, part of which I'd like to highlight in this post.
There’s tension inherent in our work which is born from the constant collision of frustration and hope. We recognize in our frustration that things are not as they should be, but by faith we see that Jesus is making all things new. We meet a family not only suffering from lack of clean water, but who needs the wellspring of eternal life Jesus offers. We yearn to do something that will change the status quo for this family, to bring the Kingdom to bear in the brokenness—including ourselves and our neighbors. We believe that Jesus can bring this deep transformation holistically for each person in a community.
In this two-minute video interview about the 2020 Vision, President and CEO Scott Olson talks about this vision. Several short reflections on Scriptural foundations that anchor this vision follow.
In short, we believe this kind of transformation is possible where God has placed us, and is sending us, and we’re committed to establishing this holistic approach in 100 communities worldwide by the year 2020. What will this mean? In those communities no one will be invisible, and everyone will have access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.
Our website will be redesigned in the next couple months to present more detail about the 2020 Vision. For now, please engage with the following videos, and post comments below.
2020 Vision (same as above) Scriptural Foundation - Acts 17:26-27 Scriptural Foundation - 2 Corinthians 3:18-4:18 Scriptural Foundation - Luke 4:18 Scriptural Foundation - Luke 10:25-37 Scriptural Foundation - John 4:1-42 Scriptural Foundation - Acts 3:1-10