I’ve been on several wonderful, rewarding, blessed mission trips to Ukraine and Argentina. I wouldn’t trade a minute of my experience with our mission team or with the wonderful people and children I met and worked with in these countries.
Lots of folks take the great commission to mean they need to venture to the far corners of the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. And they do. I am blessed when I think of the sacrifice it takes and the heart for God these folks exhibit to spread the gospel across the globe. Jesus taught us to make disciples of all nations.
This year God has called me to work in my own community.My community is a nation. My community offers me lots of opportunities to share Jesus and be a disciple to others across the street, across the neighborhood, or across town. I am led to work right here in my own back yard, so to speak.
We see so many needy people, so many widows and prisoners and sick people who live so close to home. Often times, I think people think of missions as foreign service and forget to think about their own communities. Missions is not foreign service. It’s just service, in the name of Jesus as His authentic follower. That can be accomplished right here in my own community as well as across the globe. Times up.