Saturday, July 12, 2008

Why Missions?

Why missions? well I don't think I could say it as eloquently as this:

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate, not missions, beacause God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It's the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God's glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of people in the greatness of God. 'The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!' (Ps. 97:1). 'Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!' (Ps. 67:3-4)

But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can't commend what you don't cherish. Missionaries will never call out, "Let the nations be glad!" who cannot say from the heart, 'I will rejoice in the Lord... I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.' (Ps. 104:34; 9:2)

Missions begins and ends in worship."
~Quoted from the opening page of John Piper's "Let the Nation's be Glad!"

***We are so excited to share with everyone that next Tuesday night (July 15th), Randy and I will be leaving on a mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. We will be going to Global Frontier Mission's training base and have a few days of focused training, Bible study, and worship followed by 5 days of different types of ministry among local people and then a day in Oaxaca city before we come home on July 25th. Would you please partner with us in praying for this trip? Here are some specific prayer requests:

~For our boys who will be staying at Grandma's house for the 10 days that we are gone. They are actually not sad in the least bit(especially now that their cousins will be there too!) but I know it is going to to be hard on Randy and I to be gone from them for that long! Pray for Grandma and Papa too! :-)

~For our traveling time. We are actually "smuggling" in a bunch of medical supplies for the clinic there and were told that everything needs to be hidden among our clothes. Please pray that our luggage would not be randomly inspected in the Mexican airports, at the risk of us having to hand all the supplies over to them. Also, neither Randy or I have flown since jr. high, so we're a little nervous!

~For our time there in Mexico. For those of you who are wondering, Oaxaca is in the southeren part of Mexico below Mexico City almost to Guatemala. The base is actually 3 hours from the city and we are told it is a very beautiful place. Pray for the people of Oaxaca- less than 2% of the population is born again Christian and many of the surrounding villiages do not have a single Christian. (This is called an unreached people group) We will be doing various things while we are there, but our main goal is to learn. We want to allow the Lord to work without our "plans" getting in the way, so we are open and up for anything!

~For our time coming back home. We actually were praying about packing up and moving to Mexico to attend their missionary training school this Fall for 10 months. We prayed for months about it, but felt that this year just wasn't the right timing, especially now with the adoption plans. We know that it is the right thing for now, but may feel some regrets after "living" there for the 10 days of our trip. We also are hoping and praying that we could lead some youth on this same trip next year. We just so badly want to mobilize young people to live fully for Christ. Please pray for our hearts, as we want to be obedient and submissive to the Lord's call for our lives and not prideful in what we have "done" for the Kingdom. May we only worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for supporting us in this small, but mighty way. Keep checking in for updates about the trip!


Ryan and Ally said...

Hi guys:
We love you very much! We are praying God will use this journey of yours to stretch you and grow you to be more like Christ. I'm pretty sure the kids have been praying too. We are praying you are able to "smuggle" the supplies past border control. We can't wait to hear the report and see the pictures when you get back!

Ryan & Allyson

emily said...

What a blessing that you guys are getting to do this. I'll be praying that the Lord does awesome things in you and through you while you're there :)

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