I must be honest. I’ve tried to lure you in with the title of today’s post. That’s why I called it “Fun and Excitement.” If I had titled the post what I originally planned to “Missions,” I’m afraid only a few would have clicked on it. Why? Because “missions” is something we’ve erroneously been duped to believe that is only for a select few. I can’t tell you how many people have told me through the years: “Missions just isn’t my thing.” Really? I don’t think they mean to imply anything wrong, but they don’t understand what was at the heart of Jesus’ work on this earth. He came to seek and save that which is lost. He loved people and so do I. In fact, I love mission work. What is “mission work.” I’m sure there are many definitions, but here’s mine:
Missions: Going and making disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey the commands of Jesus.
You say, “Hey, that sounds like the Great Commission!” You are right! It does. In fact…that is missions in my opinion. Matthew 28:18-20 is (as is so often said) the Great Commission, not the great “option.” We are to go and make disciples of all nations. Right now I’m getting geared up to do work with the church in Weslaco, Texas and Progresso, Mexico the week of June 10-18. I can’t wait! We’ve got 35 folks signed up with a deposit paid, who are ready and excited to go. Here is our team from last year:
What a wonderful experience we had last year. Here is a photo of Katy, my daughter, and a little girl she led to Christ:
We worked hard! But it was a blast!
You may notice in the picture young and old alike (not meaning to say that you are old, Ken). But, we don’t do “youth mission trips.” We do family mission trips. We go as “one body.” What fabulous relationships have been made in this way!
Truly we have the “older” teaching the “younger,” as Scripture teaches in Titus 2.
We look forward to the work we will be doing this summer, June 10-18 to build a church for a small congregation and their flock of about 60-70 people. Here’s a picture of the land we’ll be building the church on this summer (Lord willing).
But, Texas and Mexico are not our only focus. We also do work locally. We have a committee at our church called the “Community Impact Committee.” We are currently planning a project for May 21st in our home county. We are gearing it toward our local Hispanic Community. We are looking now for a vacant field that we can set up our air inflatable games, roast hotdogs, have music and preach the Gospel. We did this last year in a poor area of town and had wonderful success. But, that’s not all. We also do work in Ethiopia.
I have had the privilege of travelling the last two years to Ethiopia to share the Gospel and teach. It’s an amazing experience! Here is the team I participated with last summer:
There is so much work to be done in Ethiopia and many needs. In fact, there is an urgent need even now that you could help with if you feel so inclined. Click here to learn more.
There is so much work to do and yes…it is fun and exciting! Missions will get in your blood if you let it.
I want to take Katy and Kandace back with me to Ethiopia this November (15-30). Not sure how we are going to swing it, financially…but, God knows. Katy would walk if she had to. That’s how determined she is. Kandace got a taste in Mexico last summer when she and some of her friends worked diligently to lead a 17-year-old girl to Christ.
If you want to get involved with the work we are doing, please email me at: email@example.com. We could use your help and resources. Please pray for the work in the least (which is actually the greatest thing one can do).
What a joy…missions…I love it!!