The Genesis of Dusty Change
What would you find if you reached into your pocket and held it all in your hand? What about in the bottom of your purse? Chances are among the lint and dust you will see change. It may be just a couple of coins, and while it may not seem like much to you, when your dusty change combines with someone else’s dusty change, it grows. That is where the journey of Dusty Change Ministries, begins – using your change to reach the hearts of the Cuban people for Christ. Using change to make a change.
An all-volunteer ministry focused on assisting, equipping and encouraging Cuban Christians to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to their fellow Cubans. Through establishing house churches, pastoral and leadership training, evangelism, youth ministry and humanitarian assistance, Dusty Change is helping improve the hearts and lives of the Cuban people.
The Bible to be the holy, inspired, and inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the supreme and final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
There is one and only one, living and true God, eternally existing in three persons-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 43:10-11; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He led a sinless life, took on Himself all of our sins, and died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice. He arose bodily from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and advocate. (John 10:30; Matthew 1:18; Hebrews 9:14-15, 24-26; 1 Peter 1:3; Mark 16:19)
That all men, although created in the image of God, have sinned, are lost, and face the judgement of God. All men need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through His shed blood on the cross. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; John 3:18, 36)
That salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. There is no work, ordinance, or activity on the part of man that is required or accepted in order to be saved. Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (Romans 3:28; John 3:16, 36)
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to this earth to judge. We believe that those who belong to Jesus through His substitutionary atonement will go to a literal Heaven for eternity, and that those who do not know Him will suffer in a literal Hell for all eternity. (Hebrews 9:28; Revelations 20:12-15)
In holy Christian living and obedience to the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe in the importance and urgency of His last command prior to His ascension to heaven, found in Acts 1:8,”..but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 5:15-16)
MISSION STATEMENT: TO glorify God by encouraging and equipping believers to know God more intimately, to make Him known and to become like His Son Jesus Christ through worship, Bible study and ministry.
MINISTRY FOCUS: Training of young adults for the work of the ministry.
* Systematic teaching of the Word
* Development of spiritual leadership
* Nurturing meaningful relationships
* Providing resources for personal spiritual growth
* Effectual ministry of prayer
* Regularly scheduled pastoral and key leader training
* Bringing key leaders to America for intense training
* Supplying laptops, Bibles, Spanish teaching resources, etc.
* Using medical, construction, sports and other avenues to provide venues for outreach
* House to house ministry outreach
* Provision of English language learning resources
Philosophy of Ministry
- GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE IS TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO HIS PERSON- EPHESIANS 1:6, 12, 14
DCM is committed to bringing honor and glory to God alone. We have no interest in the glorification of human leadership or of our ministry. We are specifically God-centered and Gospel-focused in our approach to ministry, and pray that we will cease to exist should our purpose turn to the magnification of our own human reputation. If we do not lift Him up above all else, we will fail.
- THE BIBLE IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PHILOSOPHY TEACHING, AND METHODS OF MINISTRY- JOHN 12:48
DCM is committed to the authority of the Word of God, and shall submit all of its methods, goals, purposes, and practices to the plain teaching of Scripture. (Our methods of ministry shall be based primarily on the pattern of ministry taught in the New Testament.)
- GODS WORD IS A SELF-REVELATION (AUTOBIOGRAPHY) OF GOD, WHOSE PURPOSE IN SCRIPTURE IS TO REVEAL HIS GLORY AND GRACE IN HIS CHARACTER, ESSENCE, AND WORKS (GENERALLY), AND IN HIS ETERNAL PLAN OF REDEMPTION (SPECIFICALLY). THE BIBLE IS ONLY SECONDARILY DESIGNED AS A MANUAL OF PRACTICE. GENESIS 1:1; REVELATION 1:1; 22:21
DCM believes that the greatest need of believers is to see the majesty of God. (One’s view of God is the most important aspect in the life and practice of a believer.) Thus, DCM shall seek to teach and practice a “God Focused” approach to the study, teaching, and reading of the Word of God. We shall seek to teach and train leaders to primarily present the glory and grace of God as they preach and teach Scripture.
- THE INDIGENOUS LOCAL CHURCH IS GOD’S PRIMARY INSTITUTION FOR THE PROCLAMATION OF HIS GLORY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BELIEVERS. MATTHEW 16:18
DCM is committed to the establishment and the confirmation of New Testament churches, primarily in third-world countries. Currently, we are focused on Cuba, but we submit ourselves to wherever God would lead us. Our goal is to follow the example of the Apostle Paul in assisting the work of local churches in evangelism and the training of leadership.
DCM believes in the establishment of indigenous local churches. It may be the tendency of local believers to depend on DCM to do the work of evangelism, training, etc. rather than assume the responsibility themselves. Thus, our focus is to train the church to do the work of the ministry apart from DCM.
- TRAINING CURRENT AND FUTURE LEADERSHIP IS FOUNDATIONAL TO THE SUSTAINING OF GOD’S CHURCH ON EARTH. 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 19:9-10
The Apostle Paul sought first the winning of souls to Christ, and then the training of current and future leadership to maintain the growth and health of the new body of believers. Paul did not plan to stay at the church, but rather sought to make the church self-sustaining (indigenous). Thus, he trained leaders and he trained leaders to train leaders. At Ephesus he taught daily for two full years, in the school of Tyrannus. By the training of these leaders, “all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”(Acts 19:10)
Following this example, DCM will focus its efforts on Pastoral and Leadership training. A significant part of Paul’s burden was “next Generational” training. DCM, likewise, will make the training of the next generation of young leaders and important aspect of its ministry focus.
DCM’s training shall include current adult leadership, youth leadership, and children’s ministry.
- RESOURCES ARE VITAL TO THE TRAINING OF LEADERSHIP- Paul’s Epistles
The Apostle Paul realized the value of the written Word and wrote many epistles, circulating them among churches, to assist in the training of the people in his absence.
DCM will thus be committed to the provision of resources, such as Bibles, commentaries, and teaching aids, in the language of the people.
- HUMANITARIAN RELIEF IS AN IMPORTANT, BUT SECONDARY FUNCTION OF MINISTRY. Mark 2:1-11
Christ’s primary concern was the spiritual life of men. His humanitarian deeds were done to authenticate His message and prove His deity. He taught men that the physical was secondary to the spiritual needs of man.
While DCM’s primary burden is the spiritual enhancement of the local church, we will not neglect humanitarian needs of the community including medical, financial, and other needs.