Monday, January 5, 2009

Missions is not just for the poor

When you hear the word missions or missionary you may think of a person who leaves to a third world country/overseas to go serve the poor, needy, hurting and unsaved people. But that is not always the case. The heart and driving force behind a missionary is to give people the opportunity to hear about Gods salvation, His love, His forgiveness and their need for a Savior.
As missionaries we are able to share this love and salvation through providing a direct need and being Jesus in the flesh. Which than can look like a person in Tanzania helping bring a water to a village for the first time, or a person in China teaching English, or a person in Kansas leading a small bible study with moms, or a person in Guatemala working in an orphanage helping street children. We missionaries come in many colors, shapes, skills, giftedness and geographic location. So if your reading this and you have Gods salvation, His love, His forgiveness and you believe in Him than we are missionaries.
Our family has the priviledge of being missionaries in Ecuador working with the spiritually and emotionally needy. We have the opportunity to serve international, missionary and Ecuadorian students. A lot of these students need to see Jesus lived out, hear about Jesus and His salvation and His freedom. We also have the opportunity to work with the physically needy at a government hospital for low income families and to work with street children by providing lunches for them. Before this we were missionaries in Ft. Worth being Jesus in the flesh to those around us at school, at work and at home. Discipling and teaching as the opportunities arose.

Please don't let the misconception that to be a missionary you need to be in another country, working with the poor keep you from doing missions right where your at. The opportunities are boundless, really! Pray with me that we may see them and arise to the occasion.


Laura said...

One of the easiest and most strategic way to be a missionary is to befriend and reach out to the international students (especially from restricted access countries) studying at universities across the USA!

The Dons said...

Thanks for the encouragement Mari. I think you're right and it takes humility to admit this as you are one of those brave souls who has traveled across the world and given up a lot to be a "missionary" but you have always been a missionary and it's important to view our mission as ongoing and opportunity abundant.