I have never been offered a chance to take a missions trip of any kind with my church. I am so overwhelmed with the chance to experience just a fraction of what a missionary is privileged to do when they commit to leaving their country for another to give out the “Good News”! So many thoughts go through my mind daily as I prepare my heart to take in all that the Lord will teach me through this opportunity.
I am a selfish person by nature. Having never seen or even really been “out of the country” it is hard to get a perspective on what our missionaries face day to day. It is so easy to think that it isn’t that “BIG” of a deal to not have the comfortable, American things every day. For example- Clean water, heat, electricity, “normal food” that we are used to, clean environment to live and raise our children. One of the areas that sticks out to me is just how much am I willing to NOT have and still be comfortable.
God promises to supply ALL our needs…Phil 4:19 What have I done that is truly SELFLESS? I used to think being a mom was the most selfless thing I could do. As my children grow, they are more self-sufficient. They don’t need me as much. I used to think getting married was the one selfless thing I could do. Well, maybe it is and it is a work in progress but I do know that a selfless act usually is something that puts you out of your comfort zone.
- God is all we need: for protection from sickness, protection on a foreign field, protection of my family while we are away, for the wisdom in giving of the Gospel. * Ephesians 6:19 ~ “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth BOLDLY, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Paul writes this to the Ephesians after the verses on the armor of God. He is encouraging them to be strong in the Lord and to do that they would need the WHOLE armor of God. (vs. 11-17) Then he tells them of his prayer for himself to speak the gospel boldly. This is my prayer as we go into the school and present the gospel and in talking and fellowshipping with the church people and the ones we will be working alongside on the construction site.
- God supplies needs: for the money that was given to allow me to go on this trip, for the stamina to travel overseas and be ready to minister for a week.* Eph. 6:21-22 “…sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he (Tychicus) might comfort your hearts.” Paul wrote this to the people in Ephesus as he was in prison and unable to come to them, so he sent Tychicus in his place.
- God opens the doors: God has truly opened the hearts of our church people and our pastor to the need to support our missionaries on the field. I am so grateful to our people for their Christ-like spirit of giving to the furtherance of the gospel.
I know that this opportunity seems like a luxury to many people. Please know, as my church family, how truly thankful I am to be given this opportunity of my lifetime. Pray with me that many life-changing things will be learned through this trip.