And Jesus kept on hewing a pioneer path ahead, making steady progress in wisdom and maturity and in favor in the presence of God and with men. Luke 2:52 (The New Testament, Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)
The final objective in Deeper Still Missions is intensive mentoring, focusing on two desired outcomes: transformation and replication. We become spiritual guides who provide accountability, direction and insight for decision making.
We begin at the unique place in each missionary’s development that meets their needs. We want missionaries to recapture what it means to lead a balanced spiritual life – to live, learn, and lead as Jesus did. We look to transform the way the missionary sees their world. As Wuest points out in the verse above, their “pioneer path” helps them integrate their spiritual life with all other areas of life.
We deeply desire to see the missionary replicate themselves. Mentoring others as they have been mentored creates ripples in the lives of many.
This makes strengthening and encouraging a person’s relationship with God the central component of any member care programme. (Kelly O’Donnell, ed., Missionary Care: Counting the Cost for World Evangelization, p. 44)