‘Over the course of the next couple of years, we envision thousands of Mainland Chinese brothers and sisters engaging in mission.’
Practical ways to create a safe space where potential cross-cultural workers can explore their call.
We often shelter our children from unknown situations, some because we are good parents who want to keep them safe, and some, because we are also afraid of the unknown. It is human to be afraid of what we do not know. But unfortunately, we act this way around people who are here from other countries. We spot them in parks, grocery stores, libraries, walking down the street. They look different, dress differently, sound different than us. Most of us, seeing the differences, pretend they do not exist. After all, what are we supposed to do? Without realizing it, we are modeling these actions to our children. “Avoid people who are different from you.”
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.
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.
A farming couple returned from a missions trip and felt burdened for the needs they saw. They talked to their friends about what they could do. Their simple Missionary Fellowship has raised over $1.3 million for missions. Evangeline Krause shares the story in her book, The Million Dollar Living Room, in hopes of sparking fellowships just like it around the world.