18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
– Matthew 28:18-20
Missions has been a part of our hearts and family as far back as we can remember. We love missions. We love that Jesus commanded us to not only take His love to those in our home towns but also to the ends of the earth. This is a command that we don’t take lightly and never want to.
We belong to our local church (www.cityonthehill.com) and it was in our church that we clearly saw these Scriptures come to life. Missions Sunday has always been the last Sunday of every month and our church has faithfully supported some of our missionaries for over 25 years. We were taught about missions as little kids in Sunday school and we looked forward to our annual missions conference. We loved seeing the missionaries come home for a weekend to share with us what God was doing in the hearts of the people around the world. Loved hearing that we served the same God who was regularly bringing sight to the blind in India, feeding the street kids of Guatemala, loving on orphans in Honduras, etc.
As we have said before, when we moved to Kingston, Jamaica in 1987, we got a firsthand look at what missions was like – what 3rd world poverty was like. We got to see what it was like to be face to face with the glassy eyed Rastafarian – got to hear firsthand what our Dad would share with these men and what they would share in reply. We witnessed the love of God pour out of our parents as they moved through the crowded streets. We witnessed what missions really is – letting the love of God tangibly pour out to others.
We have traveled many times since then to many other countries with this one purpose in mind but we can’t stress the importance of missions and exposing your children to missions. We were so impacted by that trip in 1987 that we are still actively pursuing both long and short term missions. We can’t imagine missions not being a vital part of our lives – wouldn’t have it any other way. People are desperate for the love of God and we all are called to take His love to the ends of the earth. If you are parents, we challenge you to trust God to help you financially be able to take your kids along with you on your first or next trip. Let Him capture their hearts in an even greater way – let Him give them a love for the nations of the world. We can’t thank our parents enough for allowing us to go with them and allowing us to see what we saw at that young age. Priceless, truly.
Missions is not scary. Sure, there might be times that stretch you and make you step out in faith, but we have found that at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about anyway. God loves seeing His kids step out and trust Him. He has promised to walk right along side – to give His angels charge of you. And remember, He has called and anointed you for such a time as this.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…”