Others may call it – logo but we know it as Laos (λαός), the Greek word for “The People” and by implication, God’s people, moving in the right direction and making progress one step at a time.
The missio Dei (a Latin expression for ‘the mission of God’, ‘God’s mission’ or ‘the sending God’) is a quintessential concept for resolving the disparities of views that have long beguiled the Body of Christ about the meaning and significance of mission, and has narrowed the spectrum of divergent perspectives. In a nutshell, God is the initiator and sustainer of His mission. Within the broader mission of God, however, is missions (the specific assignment that is performed by the local church, individual mission agencies, or other missionary organizations like PHGM).
The execution of missions is only possible when the required resource is available, and that resource is people. The responsibility for executing and realizing the goal of missions, therefore, rests on the people of God everywhere. This calls for faithful participation in line with the blueprint of the initiator.
The blueprint is stated in Isaiah 43:6b-7: “… Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone called by My name and created for My glory, whom I have indeed formed and made.” We are mandated to go out and in collaboration with other God’s children, and through partnership with mission agencies, bring in God’s sons and daughters (both the lost and the found) into the kingdom that they may join to also worship Him.
The scope of our mandate in missions is Africa. The missionary mandate includes and is not limited to direct and indirect participation in worship renewal, evangelism, medical mission, educational mission, and meeting other human needs in the name of the Lord.
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ [and others that will be brought in through missions], might be for the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:11-12)
This is what Laos is about.