STORIES from a missionary: YOU

2.26.2015 |

Matthew 28:19 says "go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 1:8  says, "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."  

There have been so many encouraging stories this month.

Jerusalemright here in our own home town 

Judea and Samariain our nation and surrounding states

Ends of the Earthacross the world

So where do you fit into the mix?

Maybe you can't pick up and move to another country.  Maybe you are not called to work a summer camp.  That is not the issue.  The issue is where are you right now?  As Christ-followers, Jesus commands us to make disciples everywhere.

This series has been challenging for me just as much as it has been for you, I promise.

What can we do in our own cities, towns, homes, and places of work to build relationships and share the gospel?

  • Create goodie bags with various items and a hand written note for teachers and deliver to local schools
  • Bake cookies with a hand written note and deliver to local businesses or apartment complexes
  • Intentionally live in an area outside of your comfort zone: in an international area, or lower income level.  
  • Ask your neighbors over for dinner and share the gospel.
  • Visit nursing home residents and ask to pray with them
  • Become friends with your local barista.  Hold conversations with them, invite them into your home
  • Ask your church about home-bound people and offer to do tasks around their house and visit for a while
  • Bring coffee to your coworkers or to workers/STAFF at a large event
  • Go to local police and fire stations with handmade holiday cards with the message of hope inside
  • Host an international hour at your house or visit an international club 
  • Gather old clothes, go to an area you know could use them, and pass out the clothes.  

My church has done several of these and I was so excited to be apart of them.  All of these are meant to provide you opportunity to encounter people you normally would not.  All ages can participate!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how welcomed you will be and what kind of conversations will be sparked because of simple kindness.  We have got to start getting out into the real world and stop holing up in the comfort of our own skin.  These ideas are meant to give you a way to share the gospel while demonstrating the love of Christ to those around you.  When the church is actually the church, people are shocked because it is a kind of love that is remarkably unfamiliar, but ever so delightful.

We can't be silent.  We have the cure for death, and that was never meant to be hoarded for ourselves.

What mission projects or events are you apart of?

What other ideas have you done around your own town?

How have you seen local mission projects affect your relationship with Christ?

How have you seen local mission projects influence your outlook on people in your community?

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