The world has been filled with troubles since sin entered the story in Genesis 3. People around the globe rely on governments, financial markets, military might, technology, and their own strength to provide stability in their lives, yet these things do not prevent pandemics, poverty, war, and other crises from spreading.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is described as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s messianic hope: “... and in His Name the Gentiles will hope” (Matt 12:21). Hope literally means to expect and wish for something. Thanks be to God, Jesus is not just something hoped for, but the Someone hoped for! The Gospel of God's saving grace in Jesus Christ (Messiah) provides the certainty, security, and redemption that nothing and no one else can - a certainty, security, and salvation that the world and its efforts can never provide. It is a life-changing hope for the world that will only be realized when people hear and accept the Gospel through faith in Christ alone and repentance from sin.
The Church's mission is to share this hope (Matthew 28:18-20). That’s why Sun Valley Church’s global missions ministries focus on sending Gospel partners to plant and support biblical churches among the people groups that are still unreached with the hope of Christ. That doesn’t mean we don’t share Christ’s love by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, or protecting the weak. It does mean that while we are engaged in those activities, we boldly share the good news of saving grace - because without the Gospel there is no true hope.
Sun Valley Church is grateful that God has set apart a number of faithful families and individuals who "have gone out for the sake of the Name" (3 John 7) from our congregation. We are honored to send and support them in the Gospel work that God is doing; and we seek to be as intentional as possible in doing so with vigor and biblical grounding. For an in-depth view of Sun Valley's theology and approach to missions, download the Philosophy of Missions below.