By Rosemary Watson
Ask the Lord to show you the part you can have in missions. It will make your life exciting to know you are sharing in the great work He has asked us to do – to spread His Gospel across the world. Your part may be small, but everything we do to make Christ known will count for eternity.
Study the Greats
You might start by reading the biographies of great missionaries such as David Livingston and others. When I was in high school, I read books by Isobel Kuhn about the work she and her husband John were doing in the Lisu tribe in China. It thrilled me to see how God was using them to make Christ known in that difficult place. I realized I could help by asking God to guide them and keep them safe.
Get into Prayer
Prayer is an essential part of missions. Ask our church librarian to show you books about missionaries. It is exciting to read about their adventures. Your life and your future will be enriched when you learn what is being done in the world today! And God will show you how you can get involved personally.
Here Am I, Send Me
As I learned about missions when I was young, I felt God calling me to serve Him in many ways. I began talking to people around me who didn’t know the Lord. I began to feel that maybe God wanted me to train to go out as a missionary to some needy land. I kept that goal in mind as I went through high school. After graduation, I went to Prairie Bible Institute in Canada for four years of intensive Bible study and some good missionary training. Then God led me to serve Him among the Navajo Indians near Cortez, Colorado, for two and a half years. Later He opened the way to go to Laos with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, where I ministered for five years. I learned the language and went on two treks through the jungle to remote tribal villages. Later I taught in the Bible school and wrote a primer to teach adults to read their own language. I could have done none of this in my own strength, but God was faithful to guide me in everything.
Worth the Cost
We can all serve God by giving money to support missionaries. They see many special needs all around them, and they need us to help meet those needs. You may not ever be able to go to a foreign field, but by prayer and giving you can serve God in an important way.
Help Others on their Journey with Christ
I feel I am still a missionary. I look for people who seem depressed or anxious about things and try to have a conversation with them so I can begin to show them that Jesus can meet their need. Of course, I include that they need to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus said we are all to be witnesses to the people around us in our daily lives. We are all on a mission to reach the lost with the love of our wonderful Savior.
God will enable you to learn how to share the Gospel in a natural, humble way if you trust Him for wisdom. Begin today to help a friend, and you will gradually grow stronger and discover the joy of letting God work through you.
Obey Your Calling
Ask God to help you serve Him somehow in the work He wants to do in this needy world. Jesus wants the Good News to reach into every tribe and nation, every language and dialect before He comes again to take us to heaven. What does He want you to do to spread the Good News of salvation? He has a plan for each of us to be involved in some way.
Eastwood Missions Prayer and Worship Event
Make plans now to attend the Missions Prayer and Worship Event Sunday, August 25that 6pm in the Family Life Center. Join us for snacks, live music, testimonies from missionaries, missions videos, and a word from our Pastor, Gordon Small. Also, be sure to bring your Bible for games and prizes.