Mission Housing Ministries - Guatemala
Our Philosophy and Core Beliefs

Statement of Faith

God:  We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible:  We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition: We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ:  We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ:  We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit:  We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church:  We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living:  We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return:  We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny:  We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Putting Faith in Action Through Partnership

Covenant of Partnership
This covenant is our pledge to God and each other to pursue what partnership means and to practice it as God gives us strength. We believe partnership is… God’s mandate. In giving us the Great Commission, God calls us to partner with him in global mission. Partnership reflects God’s nature and demonstrates Christian unity.

Mutual
Every partner has something to give and something to gain. What they give, they do so sacrificially. What they gain, they receive humbly. No partner is greater than another.

Diverse and Dynamic
No partnership is static or exactly the same as another. Relationships change over time. Most effective through multiple networks. No single agency can provide all the resources necessary to meet the needs of God’s people. God values humility over pride and collaboration over isolation.

Measurable
Healthy partnership is not afraid to measure the benefits of partnership. We affirm the value of asking questions and acknowledge the need for mutual transparency and accountability.

Relational... and Messy
Partnership is as much about relationship as it is about strategic outcomes. But we live in a fallen world where personalities and cultures clash. We are called to pray for one another, to suffer with one another, to rejoice with one another.

Used with permission: Partners International

Lifting up Local Leaders 

One of the principles that we at MHM hold dear is that lifting up local leaders in ministry builds communities.  When we travel to Comitancillo, we do so in support of local leaders and local ministries.  Our goal is to bring some excitement and outside influence which will give pastors and leaders a platform for growing their ministries.

This approach is also one of multiplication.  We can train, guide and encourage local leaders and they will do a better job ministering in their own culture and communities than we could ever do.  And at a much lower cost.  Which means that we can effectively reach more people with God's Word.

Providing Exceptional Financial Stewardship
Speaking financially, we are a small charity, with total donations of $266K in 2015.  But while we are small, the Lord has continued to bless the ministry and allows us to bless others through his generous provision.  Looking at the past year, some of our metrics and milestones included:
  • Mission Housing Ministries hosted 14 short-term mission teams.
  • FTE adjusted to a 50% shortfall in funding and actually increased enrollment to 166 students, 77 of whom are studying theology.
  • Purchased a new 16 passenger van and extended cab pickup truck to transport visiting teams and supplies.
  • 54 under scholarship through the Hand-Up children's scholarship fund.
  • Third successful cataract surgery team from CBN, Operation Blessing hosted at Ovidio's eye clinic.
  • Two AWANA children's ministry programs are supported and running at local churches.
One thing that sets MHM apart is that each leader in the US works strictly on a volunteer basis which allows us to have an exceedingly small financial footprint in the US, and a much greater impact in Guatemala.