Monday, August 25, 2014

preparing for our mission trip

This coming weekend I will travel with a team of 12 people from our church to serve in Nicaragua.  I am excited.  It has been over 13 years since I have been in Central America.  Will you pray for our team?

We will be working with Donald and Pamela Gillette who lead Because We Care Ministries from their ministry site in Somotillo, Nicaragua.  They serve villages all around them meeting needs and sharing Jesus.  Donald has been a pastor for many years, and he continues to inspire pastors across Central America.

Will you please pray for our team?  The team is made up of Kim Key, Tina Stone, Steve Stone, George Hopkins, Jeannie Hopkins, Moriah Hodges, Betsy Hodges, Tracy Mosley, Megan Hines, China Biggs, Carolyn Holland and myself.  Pray for our safety, for God to use us and that He would work in our lives.

Acts 1:8  NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

As I pray for our team there are several things to come to my mind.  Some come from personal experience.  Some are out of need.  No matter what our journey might be or the mission we expect.

Mission trips call for us to be flexible.  Flexible has nothing to do with how limber we are, but it tells us we need to be ready for things that change as well as be ready to be used by God.  When working in places we are not familiar with, often things change especially in a culture that is far different from our own.

Being on mission any day means that we need to be spiritually ready.  That means pray.  Pray for yourself and those you serve with.  Pray for the people you seek to serve.  Pray for wisdom and insight from God.  Pray that He will give you the words to say when you need to speak or to know when to be quiet.  Pray for protection.  Oh, I’ve got some stories, but they will wait till later.

Mission trips come with lots of hard work outside your comfort zone.  Americans are used to things happening on schedule.  We like our air conditioning and smooth roads.  Things like those are not always commonplace on the mission trips.  I have found that when we are flexible and spiritually ready we can deal with lots of different things.  For me that has been no electricity, no water and more.  It has come in the form of washed out roads and sickness.  These things are comfortable, yet these are things and places where God can work big time in the lives of people around us.

As I pray for our mission team I am expecting some of the unexpected things.  I am also expecting God to do awesome things through our team.  I expect to be changed, and this is an exciting time.

Pray for our team.  Get ready for more updates!

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

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