What a joy it is to realize that Open Bible Churches helped bring fresh water, a school, and a mission base to the interior of Cambodia. This is the reason for Open Bible’s new Mission Venture Plan: to allow you to get behind a cause that grips your heart – more important, the causes that grip God’s heart as well! Jesus gave every believer a command. We call it the Great Commission: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NLT). This command clearly reveals God’s heart, but is short on specifics. How do we fulfill it? After much prayer, Open Bible Churches has been led by the Lord concerning how we are to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. 

Open Bible’s missional focus is to:
• Make disciples
• Develop leaders 
• Plant churches
• Send missionaries

For nearly 50 years Open Bible invited contributions for World Evangelism, our programmed giving vehicle for Great Commission ministry. Programmed giving meant you were asked to give to a program in which the destination for your contributions was predetermined. However, we have shifted to a contemporary approach to mission support using the Mission Venture Plan (MVP). MVP flips program giving upside down so you can choose to direct where your contributions go. If you still want to give to a programmed plan, don’t worry. That option is still available by giving to the MVP general fund, which is distributed at the discretion of the national office to MVP ministries. People today, however, tend to want more giving options, and Open Bible has an exciting constellation of MVP ministry ventures, ranging from discipleship, leadership development, and church planting in the U.S. to sending missionaries, making disciples, developing leaders, and planting churches around the globe.

You may visit www.missionventureplan.org to learn about exciting ministries. See the challenges and hear the hearts of dedicated people who are helping fulfill our Great Commission responsibility. Select those that resonate with your heart and spirit and give whatever amount of support you desire, just as with any online purchase. Then share the stories and ministry opportunities with your friends across your social networks, like Facebook. The exponential power of sharing via Facebook is amazing. 

A few months ago a person in the Air Force, stationed in a location with no Open Bible Churches, watched a report on CBN about openings for the Gospel in Cuba. His heart was moved by what God is doing in that nation and he wanted to participate. Somehow, through his Internet search this man learned about Open Bible’s churches in Cuba and contacted us. Though he knew nothing about Open Bible before this time, he knew the Lord spoke to his heart to give to help our Cuban brothers and sisters share God’s Word. The Internet knows no political or denominational boundaries! Access to it is global. CBN, a man in the Air Force, and Open Bible were all linked via the Internet in a divine appointment, which God used to create an online partnership for Cuba. 

MVP will propel our entire movement – and beyond – to engage in the Great Commission. The Apostle Paul testified, “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven” (Acts 26:19). The Great Commission is not an option; it is imperative for all believers to be obedient to Jesus’ command. Mission Venture Plan is “ready-made” to help you follow the heart of Jesus. We are excited to hear and share stories of how you use MVP and how God supplies for the needs of many throughout our world – through you!