After a trip to Africa, British journalist Matthew Parris wrote: “Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes …  Education and training alone will not do.  In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.”  I witnessed this reality recently in Haiti. Millions of dollars have poured into Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake. Food, medicine, and supplies have met many physical needs, yet the poverty of the body and soul is rampant today. However, it was exciting to meet many transformed by the Gospel. I witnessed their joy, peace, purpose, and most of all love, that comes from Christ alone. Christians must never lose sight of this truth that Parris observed. While ODBM often communicates Christ’s compassion through meeting physical needs, our purpose, priority and passion remain preaching the Gospel, making disciples, and planting churches for God’s glory! 

David A. Smith(Director)