Today, at church, our Pastor’s Daughter gave a testimony about her work and training with Word of Life Ministries in Argentina. It was amazing to hear. It was amazing to watch. You could hear her passion for global missions in her voice and see it in her body language. It was such a blessing. I could feel a physical pull on my heart to where my wife and I feel we belong, and that is in South American in Peru. She lived there at one point and I have been there twice now. Praise God! I can’t wait for Him to take us there!
It really puts into perspective what Pastor Paul preached on last week.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Chapter 10 The Twelve Apostles 10 1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles 5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Hearing Pastor Paul preach on missions and then having his own daughter speak of living it out makes me miss the foreign mission field with a great fervor, one that brings me to tears. However, I know that right now, I know I am where God wants us to be as a Christians and a family and as missionaries. Remember, no matter where you are, you are on the mission field.
This, along with having just finished David Platt’s book Radical, has really gone on to help confirm our calling to long term missions. Praying every day for the churches around the world and the unreached lost people they strive to multiply in has been a blessing. Not only to be able to pray for them, but it has blessed my prayer life, as well. I Praise God for his divine appointment and awesome power and grace!