For any organization to be sustainable, there needs to be ongoing training, mentoring and plans for succession. The vision needs to be passed on so that others catch the vision that first brought the organization into existence and kept it going thus far. The practices and skills that bring the vision into reality from day to day also need to be passed on.
At the SA Foundation, training and mentoring happen on a daily basis. Whenever a role is established, a task assigned or a project planned, time is taken to explain why things are done in a particular way, relating to our core principles. If you were a fly on the wall, you would often hear conversations and stories about the past experiences of our founder and the other directors and staff. These conversations and stories are loaded with insights and lessons about the wisest, most loving and gracious ways to serve sexually exploited women and their children.
This training and mentoring happens not only on the local level, but also globally. Our Organizational Directors Team (ODT) just returned from Nepal, where they began training the ODT in Nepal to become trainers for programs starting in South Asia and Africa. In this way they are facilitating succession and capacity building (i.e. doing ‘greater things’) at the global level.
You may imagine the trepidation that is felt by those who are called to carry forward the vision of the SA Foundation into the future. When such fears arise, we remind each other that this organization is not ours, but that it belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one Master we all, from the founder and directors to the live-in servants and facilitators, strive to serve.
Jesus knows the trepidation of his followers to carry on his work. Before leaving his earthly followers, the Twelve in particular, he reassured them with these words:
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.–Jesus in John 14:12
When we are following the Lord Jesus, he will equip us to do the work that he started when he was on earth. That is because he has commissioned us to do his work. And when he commissions people, he also provides them with all that they will need to carry out his commission.
This promise of our Lord Jesus is what makes succession at the SA Foundation both necessary and possible. After all, we’re just following the orders of our good Master and trusting him to sustain the good work that he’s started, for the saving of many and for his glory. We’re trusting him to do even greater things than we’ve already accomplished with his help!
Pray for us that we will be faithful to our Master. Pray that we will live up to his name and ours, being true Servants who accomplish great things in this world, through his love and power at work in us.