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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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So almost everything I did this weekend had something to do with missions. God continues to speak to me about this direction in my life…

I met with several people who are going with me to Mexico individually this past week. I have very much enjoyed meeting with all of them and I love my team! It is very diverse in age and personalities. I have very much enjoyed getting to know Hannah, the person that I’m co-leading the team with. She is strong in her faith and in leadership (and organized.. which is good for me). Several of the people going have never been on a missions trip. So I can’t wait to see what God does in their lives on this trip.

I do cameras for Camber. I probably wouldn’t go if I didn’t. Yet.. I love Ron Merrell and I love his speaking. He is doing a series on missions. Its been awesome. I love how he focuses us on God’s commands to help the poor. It is  all over the Bible. It is so clear that we are to reach out to those in need. It would be awesome to see some of those college kids get out and do more. I was stoked to see Travis (not me) step out and commit to 4 months in Mexico.

I had TLT (team leadership training) all weekend. Basically it a whole seminar on leading a short-term team into another country. I found it very informative. We had a good group show up for and Cornerstone hosted it. There were a lot of dos and don’ts of entering another country. But they also talked a lot about team unity. This was perfect for me because I’m heading for my first team into Mexico. I was able to use some of what I learned at my meeting with them yesterday.

I spend a good majority of my day yesterday with a missionary friend. I am learning so much from this guy. I love that he takes the time to mentor me on missions and just my walk in general. Being on the mission board can be hard at times because of all the politics that are be involved. I’m a go and ’preach the gospel’ type of guy. But the board has taught me that there is so much more involved in sending people out. I see things I don’t like, yet I am learning that I have to trust God in the members that he has designated to be there and that our decisions are all ultimately in his plans.

Other than a busy weekend with all of this… I spent my time doing homework and a research paper for my missions class. I only have a few weeks left and I have enjoyed it. I am really learning a lot and I love the direction God is leading me to with missions. I never though I would have such a heart for this.

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