I’m stoked to see what God does in the life and hearts of our “little” church this year. I always laugh because when our Pastor says “little” church because by the standards of churches, we are not little. I don’t even know our numbers these days, I used to, it’s not about numbers, except for the fact that each number has a name, each name has a face, each face a story of the greatness of God.
We have 6!!! Mission trips this year! 6!! WOW!
One to Detroit, one to Bogota, Colombia (I secretly hope that God calls me here someday – I guess it’s not a secret – I have a dream to tell my testimony in Spanish!), 2 to the orphanage that I am on the board of in Haiti, 1 with Poured out, and 1 with Raincatchers (I also hope someday He calls me to do this too!). I will be going on two this year. One to the orphanage, and I help lead the one in Detroit. I’m so excited!!!
|This is at my desk. My verse|
of the week. These were made
for Alive last night.
A lot of people look at the overseas mission trips as something harder than the local trips or somehow it’s more important. I don’t believe that. Both are completely mission minded, and Jesus calls us to love the poor.
I was listening to the song “Savior King” by Hillsong, which is probably one of my very favorite songs, I remember hearing it the first time, and I can remember just sobbing, trying to see the words as I put them on the screen as the Alive Band played. “I give my life, to honor this, the Love of Christ, the Savior King.” But today a different verse hit me, “Let the poor, stand and confess, that my portion is this, and I’m more than blessed”.
Who are the poor?
Who needs something to drink or eat?
What is it that they are thirsting for?
And who are you called to serve?
God calls us to make disciples, to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:19-20), and sometimes that end is at the end of an alley in your own city. Or maybe it's someone in your family.
In Is 58:10 it says Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
Now if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that John 1:5 is one of my favorite verses
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it
We are called to shine the light. Go shine it whereever you are called.
I’ve learned that we really never go on a mission “trip” because we are out in the mission field. Your home, your family, your job, where you shop, even church is your place to extinguish darkness. I was never called until last year to go overseas, and some may never be called to Haiti or China or Russia, but they may be called to Detroit, just as some may be called to Haiti, and never to Detroit. God knows what He’s doing when He calls you to something.
I don’t know where you’re called.
But when He calls, don’t just pick up.