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I thought I’d dive into a little India culture by watching “Slumdog Millionaire” and cooking up some Indian food. Christin and I had some samples of Spinach Channa, Vegetable Korma & Bangkok Beans over rice. It probably doesn’t look very tasty in the picture, but it was good. I’m looking forward to eating lots of curry next week – I need to start preparing my stomach for it.

 

Christin and I hung out with our friends Corinne and Eric today. Corinne cooked up some awesome curry shrimp and we enjoyed some fellowship. Corinne brought up an interesting topic of conversation on being called to missions and those who say they don’t feel led to go on a mission. I think there are at times a misconception in the church on what the word missions means. Most people think missions is being called to Africa or some other country. If we call ourselves Christians, aren’t we all called to live missionally? I think God calls us to be missional everywhere we go – our work places, the grocery store, our homes, etc (not just overseas). It was a great discussion. After dinner, we had a prayer session about this upcoming trip to India. We prayed for the team going there and for the people of India to come to know Christ. It was an awesome time of praising God for how much He has blessed us.

Christin shared with me her devotion the next morning that related to our conversation. I love how God provides at the right time. His timing is always perfect.

Called of God – Oswald Chambers
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, Here am I; send me.”  Isaiah 6:8
God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying, “Who will go for us?”  The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone.  Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition.  “Many are called but few are chosen” that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones.  The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with god through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time, “Who will go for us?”  It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, “Now you go.”  God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overheard the call, and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom, “Here am I, send me.”  Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings.  When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside.  The quiet passionate insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men with every power wide awake.  If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, “Here am I; send me.”

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PRAY

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians4:3 (NIV)

Prayer is essential to the work God does in the world. One of the best things I do to keep up with what different missionaries is read their stories. It used to be you had to wait till they came back from a long term trip to hear the stories and see pictures. Now with today’s technology, email and blog pages give us instant updates. Follow missionaries’ prayer email letters or visit their blogs and find out what God is doing in other countries. Pray for their specific needs.  Another thing you can do is stay updated on current events in the world.

SEND

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15 (NIV)

Missionaries were sent at the time of Paul. Sending missionaries to the mission field involves giving financially. That is why prayer and support letters are given out to those who send. It gives you the opportunity to be a part what God is doing in the world, especially if you are not able to go yourself. Another part of sending missionaries is writing encouraging letters. It can get lonely out there and reading emails and letters can really make a different in a missionary’s long term stay in another country.

GO

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)

A small but powerful word. Go! It involves stepping out in faith. Even though it doesn’t always make sense on paper, just know God will provide a way when you obey. He will use your gifts and talents. And if going long term doesn’t fit in your plans, try a short term trip. Find out what trips your local church has planned and get a glimpse of what God is doing in the world.  Then take that experience and pray and ask if he is speaking to you to do something more.

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It was the last session. Louie spent time going over how much money was raised for all the cause for the week. I was blown away by how much these broke college kids raised. Many of the students committed to going overseas and doing missions work. I wrestled with God during the songs with what he was going to do with me. I was ready to surrender my life to his will and the next phase of my life. Passion was over and it was amazing. I definitely grew closer to God during this time.

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I took a little time by myself to go to the Global Awaking section. Everyone had been taking about how cool it was. There were different causes displayed that you can become an active part in.I was blown away by all the poverty and needs all over the world. God had been working in my heart since I went to Belize a couple of months ago. I was really moved by all of this. What was God teaching me? I was able to sponsor a verse that would be translated into another language and I got to mail a Bible to someone in their country.

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