Strategies that can help visitors observe without offending.
At a recent missions conference, the speaker challenged students to think about the “ends of the earth.” My husband responded to a class later that day that for some of them, just stepping off campus was their “end-of-the-earth.” For one homebody and empty nester, her feet don’t often take her far from her front door. But her quilts, her mentoring, her prayer, her financial support take her to the ends of the earth.
Christmas is about the most glorious season in the year, but it can be the least glorious and the most painful if we are far from all that has made it wonderful for us in the past. One missionary shares what she has learned about celebrating Christmas, wherever in the world God has put her.
“I don’t want you to leave,” he sobbed. I held him tightly and let him cry. Goodbyes are hard on little boys … and their grandmothers. Is this what God wants?
Dear Pastor Jerry, thanks to Pine Creek Church for once again sending us a great short-term mission team. I do need to reiterate that we need flexible people. Your team is doing a great job teaching English but more than that, they are demonstrating the love of God by teaching in less than ideal conditions – mostly without complaint.