Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quotes from the Heart: Obedience

Do you feel like you and your team were effective ministers of the Gospel this summer?

At the beginning, I did not feel effective because it just did not seem like anyone was really listening to us. Everyone was so devoted to Catholicism that they seemed to come to Bible studies only because we were a spectacle as a group of white girls. Then, I was reminded of Isaiah 55:11, where it says that God's Word does not return void. His Word is spoken, and it does exactly what He intends for it. It was humbling to realize that it was not about the specifics of what I do or if I think anyone is really listening. It is, however, about being obedient to God's command and trusting Him to use our obedience for His glory.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Team of the Week: Village Outreach

This job is not for the faint at heart! Join workers in a vast unreached area of villages and wilderness being "salt and light." Your main target people are in a remote area who are steeped in a major world religion and traditional beliefs. Most have never heard the gospel. You will look for creative ways to involve yourselves in the lives of the people through sports, audio-bible, Jesus film showings, campfire chats, praying for the sick and elderly, maybe teaching basic English... whatever it takes to help them hear the Good News.

IMB Job #: 110712  More info!!
Location: Mozambique
Team size: 1 team of 2 males
Field expense:  $1975 + round-trip airfare, required travel insurance, passport costs, etc.

Dates for Summer 2015
April 1: Deadline for applications
May 28: Member orientation begins
June 2: Teams travel to the field
July 28: Teams return for debrief
July 31: Students return home

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Virtual Discipleship


Facebook, like other media sources today, enable us to jump from one world to another, without giving us much time to process.  As I scroll down my most current News Feed, I can be at a friend’s wedding, a nephew’s prom, and watch a video of a friend or family member.  I can join the many others who "Like" this or even make comments that somehow connect me with this virtual community. 

However, interspersed among all these "Likes" I may be confronted with prostitution in Thailand, the horrible face of terrorism, and the realities and results of poverty in some third world countries.

Because I am in charge of the page down button or the swipe of my finger on my iPad, I can choose where I stop and what I read.  I can choose to erase or “unlike” what or who I do not like.  It is really the best kind of world to live in. I can fool myself into believing I can "End it Now" or solve it now by joining a group and then sharing that with "my friends."

When Jesus called His disciples to come and follow Him, He called them to come and die.  They could no longer "erase" or "unlike" what became unpleasant or difficult.  Virtual discipleship was out of the question.  It still is.  The Bible says in I Corinthians 6:19-20, "You are not your own; you were bought with a price." 

-Jess