Friday, June 27, 2014

Missions: A Better Understanding of the World

I have been quite fortunate and blessed in that I have been able to travel quite a bit in my vapor of a life (James 4:14). I have had the privilege of experiencing different cultures and ways of doing things. Here in the United States a lot of us pay the asking price for just about everything and anything. $17.99 for a shirt, okay, here you go. $29.99 for a Panini press, got it. $2.99 for a gallon of water, sure. But in other countries, they “haggle” the prices and never, ever pay the original.

I want to start taking my younger children on missions. I, sadly, missed the opportunity with my older kiddos but maybe one day God will open that door again. It is not yet too late with my young ones and I would love for them to learn how to serve others in such a capacity whether foreign or domestic. There is plenty to do state side like building a house, together, for those that need a roof over their heads. I always wanted to take them to an orphanage or shelter to hand out blankets, shoes, clothes, jackets, or toys. And, of course, there are plenty of missions abroad. I just heard of one, this year, to Central America. That might be a good starting point. A friend of ours and her youngling go to Africa.

Being we are not leaders or medics or even well versed in the languages or cultures of other nations, we would mainly be there to lend our hands (and our hearts) for work that would benefit the people we wish to serve in the name of Jesus…along the lines of visiting widows and orphans in their affliction (James 1:27). Further, it will be a blessing to us, as well. And, it is a starting off point for us. Who knows, perhaps one day God will call us to “unreached peoples” so we may share His word with them. According to John Piper,
In any of these cases it is still true that about half of the world's 5.2 billion people live in those people groups where the church is either nonexistent or so small and weak as to need outside help in evangelizing its people. That means that about half of the world's individuals are culturally cut off from the witness of the gospel. Thus the need for cross-cultural missionaries is still extraordinarily great. That is one fact made clear in this book. The missionary task is unfinished! (By John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org. http://www.desiringgod.org/conference-messages/a-theology-for-missions

On the right sidebar of this blog is the “Unreached People of the Day” section by Joshua Project that features some of the “people groups” mentioned in the statement above.

Well, this post is actually being cut short, unfortunately. The technical difficulties I faced this morning with this blog took up all of my designated time and now I have to move on to school work. It’s not quite what I had planned but I guess that just leaves thoughts for another day. Praise be to God.

11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:11-16. ESV.)
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