Saturday, August 16, 2014

Don't forget... commission permanence

It has now been 2 weeks.  As team members go about the normal routine of their day... the sights, sounds and faces of people race through their minds like a fragmented slide show.  They know they were there. They have the t-shirt and NT/P52 manual to prove it.  But it seems so surreal.  Almost like they never went. 

Child psychologists have discovered that infants do not have the ability to understand that something exists when they don’t see it.  Put an object in front of them, and it exists; take it away, and it ceases to exist.  There is no sense of object permanence. 
It has been said that this generation has a lack of compassion permanenceDangle a news report about a typhoon in the Philippines before them and they sit transfixed, their hearts “broken.”  Change the channel and in their minds, the typhoon and its victims cease to exist.

Final debrief session

On July 31st, team members were challenged to take personal responsibility for finishing the Great Commission in this generation.  Many of them responded. They made a decision that was life changing for them and for those without Christ. 

We are now calling on them to continue on in commission permanenceThat is, staying with their commitment as a World Christian long term.  Keeping All Nations in view after the tearful emotions wear off; living a life of long obedience to His Great Commission.
Don’t forget!

Waray Riverboat team (Philippines)

Friday, August 15, 2014

God must love me...

This summer in the Philippines we had the opportunity to have Bible study with a lady in our village who was suffering from paralysis due to a recent stroke. The lady used a plastic chair to get around on the rocky, uneven ground, and God laid it on my heart and my teammate's, Lauren Dalrymple, heart to buy this lady a cane. When the lady received the cane, she said, "God must love me because he sent you." Who knew the gift of cane could so perfectly demonstrate the message of God's grace! 1 John 4:7-1

Rural Healthcare Team, Philippines

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Not if, but when... not should, but must

As Christians, we are all commanded to share our faith to the ends of the earth. It's not an if, it's a when. It's not a should, it's a must. So... when I see others condemning intercultural mission work & calling it useless & selfish because there are lost here, I would challenge them to think of the world out there who has NEVER heard of Jesus or what He did for them. 

It's hard to believe until you experience it, but there are millions who will give you a blank stare if you talk about Jesus.

God desires to bring every nation, tribe, & tongue unto Him. 
 He will do it, with or without us. 

So... before you call international missions selfish or pointless, think of the one missionary assigned to a people group of six million who have never heard. Think of how hell grows every day with the cries of those who had no one sent to them. Let God break your heart for the millions lost with no one to show them the way.

2014 Waray Riverboat

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Heart for the Nations

He has chosen us to carry the treasure of the gospel to the nations.
Matthew 28:19-20 "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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

This is a command.
How many of us treat it as optional?

To all of you adventure-seekers out there... do you know the adventure of saying yes to God and throwing yourself into His plan, dying to yourself, and then the miracle of how He uses you to take light into the darkness and live on the edge and see beauty and experience cultures where no one has gone before?? That is the best kind of adventure.

Oh my brothers and sisters...  I know there are people here (in the USA) who need Jesus. I know. And God has convicted my heart this summer more than ever before about sharing the gospel everywhere I go, here and across the ocean, and talking about Jesus daily because after all, we were created to glorify Him. The truth I am trying to convey is that we often use the excuse that "there are still so many people who need Jesus here" as a reason not to go... but we forget... they have access to the gospel- it's in their language and down their street and in their bookstores and millions of others do not.

There are also internationals who have come here- in our schools and our workplaces and these people have come to us... but are we welcoming them? God literally hands us the nations in these instances and so many (myself included) overlook them or don't take the time to know them because they're different or "they just wouldn't understand me anyway."

I hope you hear my heart. I am burdened for the gospel. Y'all, it's all we have, and the only thing worth spending your life for because it's the only thing that has eternal value. You hold a treasure of hope and love and joy and peace and LIFE. Who are you sharing it with?

So maybe you can't go right this minute. I understand. My heart is burning with the knowledge of the need among the nations, but right now I just don't have the money to go and I have to go to school because that is where God has placed me for this season. But that doesn't let me off the hook. I can PRAY ...oh don't get me started on the power of prayer! Maybe you don't know yet. Maybe you haven't seen how God delights in answering the requests of His children when they are praying for His will to be done... test Him and see.  

Pray boldly for the missionaries, for the persecuted church, for God to send laborers to the fields ripe for harvest, for your lost friends and family, and for the sick and the burdened and the stress that you yourself are under. 
Pray with the knowledge of the power--that raised Jesus Christ from the grave!!-- that is in you as a child of God. Keep praying...and watch what God can do.

You and I can give to missions, and not just tossing a few coins in the plate as it passes by but really sacrificially giving... find a ministry that stirs your heart where the needs are written plain and the gospel is the message they carry... and dig deep. Give that money you would use at Starbucks to sit over coffee and talk about world change and give it to someone who is in a place to use it to literally change the world for Jesus (I'm preaching to myself here- y'all know how much I love my coffee)! 

Oh friends, do you see it?
You have the potential in you- and I know you want your life to make a difference in the world- to really change things. You truly do! Love the person next to you. Remember those serving and those in need of the gospel among the nations. Pray and give and look for opportunities to go. God has already given you the go-ahead... and time is short. Life keeps ticking by, people are born and die, and today won't come again. Make it count, my friend. If you see me wasting time with trivial things- call me out on it.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.
I want all nations to know Him because that is His heart. So it is my heart. When I get home (in heaven) I want to worship beside every tribe and tongue. I think my generation can do this. We have the resources and the passion and the adventurous spirit... but are we selfless enough to spend our lives for A Story that is so much greater than my story? 
I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
Acts 20:24
2014 Rural Healthcare Team, Philippines

Rebuilding Lives

Nehemiah Teams helping rebuild lives in Bohol, Philippines. Many thanks to these three young men that gave their summer to help Filipinos.

-Glen T.
BGR Representative,