30 Days. . .
Only 30 days until Second City Orientation! Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I was accepted to participate in this 8 week summer missional experience! Today we had our last Land Mark Meeting before our Orientation. In this post I will share a little about our team, what we have been doing lately, and what God has been teaching me about missions.
Meet the Team
Over the last few weeks, not only have I been support raising, but I have been getting to know the awesome people I will be living and working with for two months this summer. To give you a little background on my team, we are all college students or recent college graduates who go to the Summit Church in Raleigh, NC. While I am a current student at Meredith College, a women’s college in Raleigh, the rest of my team either attends or has graduated from NC State, which is conveniently located down the street from my school. While I might be the only Avenging Angel on the team, I still consider myself a part of the pack, especially since I marched with NCSU’s Power Sound of the South Marching Band in the fall of 2015! (#gopack)
The great thing about my team being in the same area is that we can get together outside the regularly scheduled Land Mark Meetings. This has given us the chance to build friendships before we go overseas together. Kelsey, Kaycee, Austin, and I had a girls brunch where we ate cinnamon rolls and shared out testimonies. These women are strong in their faith and full of love; it is an honor to serve alongside them this summer! The whole team met up later that weekend for a family game night, where we played one our favorite card games. We also went out to eat South Asian food, where we learned that our definition of spicy is very different from theirs! I’m really excited to continue getting to know my teammates over the next few months! Please be praying that God unifies us in Christ so we can share the gospel with people in South Asia. (Ephesians 4:11-13).
Ephesians 4:11-13So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
There are a few typical reactions to missions in the modern church. One that I hear frequently is, “I don’t feel called to missions”. This is a lie that we tell ourselves to try to get out of the command that Christ gave to us before he ascended into heaven. Matthew 28:18-20 tells that we are to go to ALL NATIONS to teach them to obey everything that He commanded us. He didn’t specify a specific type of person to share the gospel, and He didn’t say only go if you want to. Nowhere in scripture does it say, “Therefore those who adorn their feet with colorful chacos, drink overpriced coffee and clothe themselves with Christian T-shirts, go make disciples of all nations,” or “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations if you feel like it. . .” Christ commanded all of us who follow Him to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Finish the Mission by John Piper and Dave Mathis, it says, “Missions is about the worship of Jesus and the joy of all peoples.” Missions aren’t supposed to be something we dread doing, but about worshiping God, by sharing Him with others.
Sometimes people do not believe they are qualified to share the gospel, but this is also untrue. It does not matter what background you come from, the amount of education you have, or what race/ethnicity/gender you are, the only thing that matters is that we have salvation in Christ. This is the only qualifying factor to share the gospel. Once we have taken that leap of faith, Jesus gives us the power we need to share the gospel, as long as we are willing (Acts 1:8). We do not do missions through our own power or strength, but rather through the mightiness of Jesus. And Matthew 28 tells us that Christ is with us until the end of the days, so we know we are never alone on our journeys.
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.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 9:37-38 that the harvest is plentiful. He also tells us that the workers are few. More than 2000 years after Matthew wrote this passage, we still see that the workers are few. This needs to change! We need to be sending out more workers to reach the unreached.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
According to the Joshua Project only 19.7% of people groups have been significantly reached, while 40.6% of people groups are considered unreached (this makes up 42.2% of the world’s population!) This means the remaining 38.1% of people groups have only been partially reached. I don’t know about you, but these statistics are scary! If we truly believe that the gospel is life or death, we should be finding every way we can to bring the gospel to these people. Isaiah 6:8 says, “And the Lord said, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ and I said, ‘Here I am! Send me!'” We should all be as enthusiastic about going on mission for God as Isaiah was! The Galactic God of the Universe who breathes stars and speaks galaxies into existence with a single utterance of a word has invited us to be a part of His plans for the universe in order to reach the nations. He doesn’t need us to share the gospel, because if He could make the rocks share the gospel if He wanted (Luke 19:40), but He wants for us to be a part of this. He commanded us to share the gospel with the nations, and in the end we will be part of what saw in the vision God gave Him in Revelation 7:9.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
- Pray the God unifies my team with bonds of Christ.
- Pray that God reveals our sin and weaknesses before we leave for South Asia.
- Pray that God opens the hearts and minds of the people in South Asia, so that they are receptive of the gospel.
- Pray that the long term missionaries in South Asia are given strength, faith, and hope.
Thank you to all my supporters, who have been praying for me and my team, and who have contributed financially so that I can go to South Asia and share the gospel with unreached people groups. God is using you for His mission. Keep finding ways to be on mission with Him at home and abroad!