I feel compelled to write in response to an article in the local paper about an upcoming mission trip. Since my family is planning to go to the Philippines in August to bring needed equipment, learn about the Gospel film making process, show some of the wonderful Gospel videos and also help in a medical clinic in the mountains….my curiosity rose when I read the headline, “Concert helps pay for mission trip.”
I won’t mention any names or denominations, but here is a quote:
I don’t feel called to proselytize, necessarily,” he said. “I have a little more modern view that I think there is more than one way to salvation, or what have you. If they put me in a situation where I’d have to do that, I think I would have declined.” He’s going on the trip partly because he’s interested in travel.
Just to set the record straight, Vernacular Video Mission International believes in the Bible. We believe the words of Jesus in John 14:6 where He says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” We believe people will perish unless they believe in Jesus (John 3:16) and we help proclaim the Gospel through video in common, heart languages of people who need to hear the truth of who Jesus is and the LIFE He offers.
And by the way, we DO feel compelled and called to spread the “Good News” of salvation that is found in no other name. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
And if put in a situation where we must declare this belief, we will not decline.
And, by the way, we are NOT going on this trip because we are interested in travel. It is a long, grueling trip and we will be hiking into some remote areas to share the Gospel. We will miss the comfort of home. We will miss family. But look at this interaction in Luke 18- And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers  or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
For the sake of the One and Only King who has provided salvation at the cost of His life,
Pam Larson, VVMI Administrative Assistant
If you would like more information on VVMI, go to our website, vvmi.org There you will find information on sponsoring a project, praying for the mission, going on a trip or donating to help the Gospel be proclaimed through video.