The 1,000 Missionary Movement (1000 MM) is a training institution of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church initiated by the Northern and Southern Asia-Pacific Divisions. Its purpose is to train, send and support 1,000 young people every year as missionaries to every part of the world, hence the name 1,000 Missionary Movement.
“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come–the end of suffering and sorrow and sin!” (Education, p. 271). Our young people should be saved from the evil influences of the world and one of the ways to do this is to get them involved in global evangelism!
Vision, Mission and Values:
Our Vision for the 1,000 Missionary Movement is to work with God in training young missionaries do service for Jesus, withersoever they may be called to labour. We envision that this training will include strengthening the missionaries in their spiritual foundations; giving them training in evangelistic aspects such as preaching and teaching, as well as Literature Evangelism; and preparing them to reach souls through the healing discipline of Medical Missionary work.
After a training consisting of four weeks, our missionaries will be prayerfully sent out to various mission fields nigh and afar off, even around the world. The missionaries will be trained and support in their various fields of duty where the Lord shall see fit to place them.
The 1000 Missionary Movement North America is guided by the basic beliefs and values inherent in the mission and vision of the Seventh-day Adventist Church :
- Providing a harmonious environment in which our missionaries are encouraged to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Friend.
- Having a balanced learning environment that strengthens the body, expands the mind, and develops character.
- Promoting personal responsibility, leadership development, and the joy of service in this world and for service in the world to come.
- Learning how to reach and practicing tolerance of other cultures and differences, empowering our missionaries to act upon injustice in order to make a difference.
- Expecting all members of our training community to be forthright and honest, to maintain personal integrity in all relationships, and to embrace our core values. Respect for God, ourselves, and our fellow human beings is fundamental.
- To be partnership with the work of God by training young missionaries in practical ways to fulfill the Great Commission of the church (Matt. 28:19,20).
Far from the bustle of the city in the rolling hills of west Tennessee there exist a place where our missionaries can draw closer to God as they train to serve Him. The 1,000 Missionary Movement North America training program is based at the Harbert Hills SDA Academy campus, and is designed around our farm and garden area. In the spring the fruit trees begin to bloom illustrating the lesson that all may experience new life through the power of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Friend. In the summer the garden brings a bountiful harvest illustrating the God given increase when the proper nutrients are present and the weeds are kept at bay. In winter the cold hardy crops still survive and even feed us with fresh nutritious produce.
With limited access to the distractions of technology and advertising our missionaries have a better opportunity to ponder and develop their own relationship with the Lord. Quietness makes more distinct the voice of our Creator.
Spiritual and character development being the primary object of education cause us to be very careful with what we feed the body as well as the mind. The concept of simplicity is emphasized through, dress, adornment and even recreation. All of this is done with the goal of entering into the service of the Lord, which generates opportunities for learning the joy of unselfishness.
We have found that our environment provides a place to grow and learn; a place to pray and serve; a place to get to know Him and His will for our lives as missionaries.