a lighted path2013 STRATEGIC PLAN Stepping Stones
2013 Strategic Plan• Message from the President• Mission, vision, values: who we are• 2013 Strategic Plan overview • Goal • Themes• Mapping our way to a successful future • Making an impact • Strategic Theme: stepping stones• Growth targets: Balanced & purposeful management• Conclusion
Message From the PresidentGrace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2012 was certainly an exciting year of new beginnings. Praise God that even as we began to developorganizationally, our first mission team successfully impacted the people of Mfura village in Malawi, Africa.As I reflect on 2012, I think about all that was accomplished but mostly about the lives that were impacted. Iam thrilled to know the mission team brought more with them to the village than the food; they broughtJesus. I am reminded of Jesus‟ message to the Samaritan women at the well: Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks thewater I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of waterwelling up to eternal life.” John 4.13-14It‟s also incredibly thrilling to continually hear from Lisa & Cashion about the impact they are making withthe people they see every single day. As their family grows, may God continually shower them with everincreasing Grace and Blessings!!Let God‟s message of Living Water be ever on our hearts as we move forward and all that we accomplish in2013. It is my prayer that we approach everyday asking God “How will you use me, and who will reachthrough me today Lord?”. May we be every ready to spread the good news that “God so loved the worldthat He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16.May we focus on living in God‟s will in 2013, and may He make an impact through us. In His grip, Matt Carlson ALP President
Mission, Vision, Values: who we areA little over one year ago, a small group of people felt God‟s calling to Malawi,Africa. They traveled to Malawi on a mission trip, and God forever changed theirhearts for the people of Malawi. We are here today because they were faithful andlistened. One of those people, Lisa, was moved to sell her belongings and makeMalawi her home. God blessed her by providing a husband, Cashion, who has a heartfor helping others in God‟s name. They also recently welcomed a new baby girl,Zahara – Congratulations!. They are going to raise a family in Malawi while organizingALP Malawi activities.We are A Lighted Path, a non-profit organization created as a result of God‟s callingfor us to minister to the people of Malawi.
Mission Our mission is to minister to the needs of the people of Malawi in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristVision Our Vision: To bring a hope and a future to the people of Malawi, AfricaValues• Discipleship: Accept and spread the good news of Jesus Christ• Witness: by our words and actions we prove and testify Christ is our Lord & Savior, and sharing His word and Gospel.• Stewardship: Behaving responsibly and making the most of God‟s blessings• Respect: Value and respect each other, partners, & those we serve• Integrity: Do the right things for the right reasons• Open Communication: Effectively exchange ideas and information• Empowerment: Enable each other to take action• Continuous Improvement: Strive to continuously improve what we do and the impact we make.
2013 STRATEGIC PLAN• Goal: To set organizational objectives for 2013 and define the foundation and strategy for how we can achieve those objectives.• There are several facets or themes that define ALP as an organization. By defining the themes and assigning objectives for each theme we can map our overall strategy for 2013. The themes may be viewed and focused on individually, but they must be interlinked and we must not lose sight of our overall mission and vision in order to make a meaningful impact in 2013.• Themes & Objectives: • Organization • We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization • We have open board of director positions
2013 STRATEGIC PLAN• Themes & Objectives: • Fundraising • Sustainable growth and expansion. Target goal $150,000 • Promote • Spread the word and network! Present at Church‟s and events, start a grass roots movement by promoting ALP in person and also utilizing all facets of social media. Relationships matter!
2013 STRATEGIC PLAN• Themes & Objectives (cont.): • Programs – Brief overview • Short term missions • Partnerships – Cultivate community and partner when needed to accomplish impact. Connections matter! • ALP Malawi • Missionary support – we have missionaries on the ground now, and we also have missionaries who are ready to travel, we just need to raise the support to send them!! • Outreach ministry • Mfura village ministry • Continue to minister to the spiritual needs • Humanitarian aid - Food & water • Establish a clean water source – water well • Inner-city outreach ministry • Obtain a „community center‟ type space • Daily programs to provide kids & adults a safe haven founded in Christian centered education and activities including bible studies and mentoring. • Orphanage ministry • Finalize land boundaries - survey • Organize and complete orphanage design plans
Mapping our way to a successful future Strategic Theme: Impact• stepping stones – we are all at different places on our own faith walk personally. God has brought us all together to work hand in hand as a lighted path to Programs spread His good news. Stepping stones is the theme for 2013, it‟s how we will continue to work Promote towards making a meaningful IMPACT while working together; we Fundraise must all work together personally, and all facets of the organization must work together as well. Each of Organization the 2013 themes is a step along our path to IMPACT in 2013. May God direct us to His plan in 2013, and Light our Paths!!
Conclusion: Call to actionThis isn‟t a conclusion…it‟s the beginning of a year filled with incredible opportunityand challenges. This is a call to stand up and take action in 2013. A little over oneyear ago, a small group of people felt God‟s calling to Malawi. They listened. ByGod‟s grace we will faithfully listen to God‟s calling and have the courage to act asHe has told us. James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”May we have the courage to step out in faith for God as He has instructed us and iscalling us to do. I encourage you to search your own heart and prayerfully considerjoining us in 2013. Are you ready to act? We have a lot of work to accomplish in 2013 – I can‟t wait Let‟s get started!