Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends!" — Unknown

This year we seem to be in middle of March Madness... no not the NCAA basketball tournament but Missions Madness, we've spent the last 3 Sundays hearing from a few of our missionaries, with the History of Mission from Sandy Whyte and Jeanne Ferguson.  Care for Missionaries in the Field from Alexander and Bibianan MacLeod and Mission Around the World from Diane Friessen.  The next two weeks Pastor Rick Barnes will share The Biblical Mandate for Missions and Missions in Our Own Back Yard.

Not only are we talking and teaching about missions, thankfully the Lord has blessed our church by being about sending out people to do the things we're talking about.  Currently, Bibianna is in Venezuela encouraging and teaching folks who are connected to Community Heath Evangelism and facing anti-government protest and social upheaval.   Sandy Whyte has taken a dental team to Peru to check teeth and build relationships with the community they've gone to serve.  Doug and Heather Beane and Gemma Cook will be leading a team of Students from Munroe Academy to Belize to teach kids at the Cayo Deaf Institute how to use iPads giving them skills with Google apps that will help them in their education and give them useful skills for future employment.  We will also be welcoming back The Pinno-Milligan family this month from their adventure on YWAM Discipleship Training School.

Hopefully, over the next couple weeks we will all be inspired and compelled to realize that we are all called to follow Jesus on this mission, even if it's not in somewhere far away.  Our neighbors need to hear the same good news that our foreign missionaries are taking.  Our Neighbors need to experience the same love and mercy and compassion that we take to the Nations.  Everyone who follows Jesus is called to make disciples and share the good new in some way.  Come out over the next few weeks and ask God to show you how you can play a part in His big plan to use normal people to reach the world with His incredible love.

Consider going to Jesus to the Nations at the end of March to see some of the many missionary organization who are helping spread the Good News in countless ways.  Hear from several people who are reaching out right in North America to people in our own back yard.