To learn more about what we mean, please click on the core values below.
1. We are Christ-centered.
We recognize Christ as our Savior, the Bible as our authority, and the Holy Spirit as His communicator. All that we have and all that we are comes from Him. As a result, whatever we do – in word or deed – we seek to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Col. 3:17).
We are Christ-centered, therefore:
- We seek to serve as Christ served. Just as our Emmanuel, Jesus Christ is with us, we long to come alongside all those God brings to the ministry and be with them as He is with them. We seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Honduras and at home. What we see Him caring about in scripture, we aim to care about as well. With faith, we believe what He said in John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
- We look to Jesus in prayer for direction and discernment for all matters great and small, being anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving letting our requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).
- We will not deny or downplay the centrality of Jesus Christ in our ministry.
- We seek to give God glory for every success.
2. We recognize the Lord as our provider.
In Genesis 22, the Lord reveals Himself as Jehovah-Jirah, the God who provides. He provides Abraham with a sacrificial lamb in response to his willingness to obey the Lord and sacrifice his son Isaac. We believe that – as with Abraham – the Lord often calls us to do hard things, but that He always provides what is needed to accomplish those things. As Hudson Taylor said, we believe that "God's work done God's way will never lack God's supply." And while God’s provision certainly includes financial provision, it is in no way limited to that. Some of God’s most valuable provision to us has been the blessing of the giftedness of the people He brings to us. Through them, He has provided wisdom, talent, creativity and courage and so much more from his unlimited storehouse as we seek first His kingdom (Matt. 6:23).
The Lord is our provider, therefore:
- We will not deny or downplay Christ or His centrality to our ministry in the pursuit of funding or any other endeavor.
- We give God all the glory for any ministry success. (1 Tim. 6:17)
- While we always seek to show wholehearted appreciation to every donor and volunteer, our appreciation is for their willingness to be used by God to fulfill the Lord's purposes (Eph. 2:10). Sacrificial gifts of any size are precious (Luke 21:1-4).
- When provision is given, we seek the Lord’s direction in how it is to be used (Gen. 12:2).
3. We are mission-oriented at our core.
In every aspect of the ministry, we seek to reach out to those in need of God’s love and the knowledge of His unmerited grace. LAMB began first through Suzy McCall answering God's call to go to Honduras and then through God's call of young Hondurans to go out into the world. Our first area of ministry was a missionary training program. While this has played out in different forms over the years, at LAMB's core we are always about sharing the hope found in the love of Christ as Christ Himself commissioned us to do (Matt. 28:18-20).
We are mission-oriented at our core, therefore:
- We will follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
We will celebrate as our greatest victories in ministry when hope and healing are brought to anyone (beneficiary, volunteer, staff, etc.) through their coming to know Christ's love for them (Phil. 3:8-9).
- "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isa. 6:8).
4. We embrace the essential role of prayer in life and ministry.
We were created to be in relationship with God, and as Augustine of Hippo recognized, “our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in [Him].” We believe that our lives and ministry can only be done in partnership with the Lord and that prayer is essential in this partnership. As a result, daily we set our minds and hearts to seek the Lord our God (1 Chron. 22:19). As we do, we have confidence that He hears us (1 John 5:14). We are committed to seeking Him first, and trusting that as we do, He responds to our prayers (Matt. 6:33).
We embrace prayer as essential, and therefore:
- We set a high priority on prayer, relying on the prayers of our staff, board, donors, volunteers and those being served by the ministry to be used by God to accomplish His purposes for the ministry and the lives impacted by it, realizing that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5: 16).
- We set aside regular times for prayer and fasting both privately as individuals and corporately as a ministry.
- We communicate regularly with the Honduran leadership to better inform our prayers for them.
5. We hold integrity to be essential in relationships, finances, and ministry.
In our relationships, in our finances, and in our ministry, we are uncompromisingly committed to integrity – to being honest and transparent. Holding Christ as our standard for honesty, fairness, and trustworthiness, we will set forth the truth plainly, thereby commending ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Cor. 4:2).
We hold integrity to be essential, therefore:
- In relationships, we assume the best in people and seek to choose a humble, grace-filled approach to all those we encounter. Where there is conflict, we will adopt neither a confrontational nor non-confrontational approach; always seeking to speak the truth in love, we will make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (Rom. 14:19).
- In relationships, we are honest and honoring of each other, open in our communications and respectful in our interactions.
- We honor God by operating on a prayerfully-generated and board-approved budget whose goal is excellent stewardship of the resources He has entrusted to us. In addition, we choose to follow God in faith when His guidance calls us to trust His provision when that provision is not yet evident.
- We will not borrow money to pay for something that has not been provided for through donations. Therefore we will seek the Lord’s will as to establishing our budget from year to year.
- We maintain accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) (or current accepted organization which establishes standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance for nonprofit organizations) as a means of adhering to accepted objective standards of financial integrity.
- We make public our financial statements annually on our website and to individuals or organizations who request it.
- We keep private any information that is personal or confidential where it relates to those with whom or to whom we minister. We will honor our children, staff, volunteers, and those we serve by guarding their confidential or personal information.
6. We are intentional.
We seek to run the ministry by decision, not by default. We are thoughtful and purposeful in our approach.
We are intentional therefore:
- In ministry, we seek to find a godly balance between discernment and action. We seek to be wise and make the most of the opportunities the Lord gives us (Eph. 5:15-16).
- In communication, we try to see the other person’s point of view. We aim to be thoughtful and to say things in a way that the person needs to receive it, not necessarily the way we want to say it.
- We think about the impact of our public communications on everyone involved. In particular, we think through the ways we depict our children and other beneficiaries of the ministry so that we are always honoring them. Always ask, "How would (s)he feel if (s)he read this story or saw this photo?"
- We are intentional about spiritual growth within our board and staff. As C.S. Lewis wrote in Screwtape Letters, "It’s no different in the Christian life. Spiritual growth requires an intentional effort. Spiritual stagnation and decline require no effort at all." We must abide in the vine in order to bear fruit (John 15:4-5).
- We are intentional and prayerful regarding those who will serve alongside us in ministry, agreement with our statement of faith, being requisite for positions of leadership.
7. We are relational.
Each and every relationship is significant to us at LAMB. Every boy, every girl, every man, every woman, every staff member, every volunteer, friend, and donor is deeply loved by God Himself. And so by us as well (1 John 4:11). We are all growing in Him together. Created in His image, we are – each one – His image-bearers (Gen. 1:27; 2 Cor. 3:18). We understand the importance of community and the body of Christ. "For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individual members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." (Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4: 4-7)
We are relational, therefore:
- We value our relationships within the staff and board. We strive to be "completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Eph. 4:2). With that as our starting place, we seek to encourage each other to"acts of love and good works" (Heb. 10:24-25) and to excellence in our work, doing all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
- We value our relational partnership with the Honduran leadership and staff. Our relationship with the Honduran ministry is defined first and foremost by our partnership in the gospel (Phil. 1:3). It is our mission to come alongside them and – through humility and love – to do all we can to aid them in the work the Lord is calling them to do.
- We value our relationships with all those served by LAMB.
- We value our relationships with each person called to come alongside the ministry in service or giving.
8. We honor every person as precious and worthwhile.
In Romans, we read that “God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom.5:8). We are instructed, then to be devoted to one another in love, honoring one another above ourselves (Rom. 12:10). We are sinners, called to love other sinners. Yet God sees each one of us as precious. We then aim to respond with the love of Christ to each person that God brings to us, meeting them where they are with the transforming knowledge that the God of the universe knows them and loves them deeply. We strive to seek and serve Christ in all persons.
Each person is precious and worthwhile, therefore:
- We value each person – those whom we serve and those whom we serve alongside, seeking to honor them with our words and by our actions, being kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us (Eph. 4:32).
- When there are disagreements or misunderstandings, we choose to look beyond the outward behavior to the heart, and make every effort to heal, to restore, and to affirm – relying on God’s mercy and power – and imitating Jesus who reconciled us to Himself and has given us a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5: 18).
9. We believe God still does miracles.
We see God at work as He provides for this ministry, protects our staff, rescues and restores our children. We recognize that it is His hand at work in each provision. Sometimes He works through hands we can see; sometimes He works through hands we cannot see. We will credit the Lord for His amazing acts.
We believe God still does miracles, therefore:
- We will credit Him for that which seems miraculous to us. We will not seek to explain away that which is unexplainable, but will give Him the glory He deserves. As the psalmist says, the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes (Ps. 118:23).
- We will look for opportunities to share stories of God’s miracles as a means of furthering God’s Kingdom.