Missions

I had this blog entry over half written a couple nights ago and lost it…blerg.

Here’s attempt #2.

Tomorrow is Mission’s Sunday at our church.  This one is a little different than most because our Seeds Mission Team will be sharing tomorrow of their experience in Grenada about a month ago.  For those of you that don’t know what we do, every year we bring down Christian educational curriculum to the 4th grade students in about 32 different schools across the island of Grenada & Carricou.  Our team also hands out school supplies, a Bible, and a toy along with performing a program, sometimes for the whole school, with songs, puppets & games about God.  Awesome opportunity to spread God’s love and His word into the hearts of children (and teachers).

I’ve been thinking lately about the way I view mission trips vs. those I talk to every year about going with Seeds.  I’ve been trying to figure out why everyone’s response to “do you think you’ll go this year?” sort of bugged me.  I’m not trying to offend those of you that have responded to me the following way the last 2 years.  I don’t think your response is wrong, just backwards.  And maybe that’s just me…I could just be off my rocker.

The last few years when I’ve asked others if they think they will go to Grenada with us this year, the response I’ve always received goes something like this:  “I’ll have to pray about it and see if God wants me to go.”

I remember about 8-9 years ago I sat in a chapel service at Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University), as a student.  I can’t remember the speaker, I can’t remember the day.  I do remember round about what he said though.  I think it’s what has shaped my thinking about this sort of thing.  He said something like this:

God’s command has always been to go.  The great commission tells us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Instead of waiting to see if He has called you to go (for He has commanded you to go), you should be asking if he has called you to stay.

That’s the way I like to look at mission trips.  God has commanded me to go.  I will work very hard at going.  I will help work at the fundraisers.  I will attend the meetings.  Until God tells me to stay, I am going.

Circumstances last year prevented me from going.  God directed me to stay.  But up until the point I had to decide to stay, I was going.  I think it was December sometime last year that I decided to stay.  I usually try to leave the door open for God to speak until the decision HAS to be made (ie:  plane tickets need to be bought).  But the door I leave open is not one for God to tell me to GO, it’s a door for God to tell me I need to STAY.  Because the command is to GO.

Maybe this year, you could look at mission trips the way I do.  Instead of praying about weither God wants you to GO, ask Him to show you if He needs you to STAY.  Until He gives you that answer, maybe you should start packing your sandals 😉

If you’d like more info on Seeds International or more specifically our mission trip to Grenada you can contact myself or Pastor Ivan Davis (pastorivan@sympatico.ca).  We have teams that join us from all across Canada each year!  Our first fundraiser is our Yard Sale on May 26th.  If you live in the area and want to be on our church team, we are meeting at our church, May 14th @ 7:00 to go over yard sale details with those interested in Seeds.

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