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Respond to Jesus’ call.

Whether you go or send, respond to the call to share the Good News so that your faith is made complete in what you do.

Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19

Jesus commands his followers to go and make disciples.  This great commission is not optional, not if you feel like it, or when you’re ready.

“Someone asked ‘Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved?’  It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.” — Charles Spurgeon

Still not sure?  Need more information about what’s in store?  It won’t be easy, but then again, considering the persecuted church and countless martyrs, what we may face is likely to be easy.  Excerpts from John Piper’s “I am sending you out as sheep among wolves” are included in the UK based AsiaLink video below that provides an excellent introduction to the need for missions.

Tears of the Saints from AsiaLink HistoryMaker on Vimeo.

Where we go may be constrained by physical or financial limitations, but go we must.  We are all capable of evangelism where we are.  We can “go” to our workplace and community.  But making disciples of all nations requires that we all eventually go beyond the comfort of our hometown, go beyond the familiarity of our state, to go beyond the safety of the United States.

There are billions who need to hear the Good News from us.  There are tens of thousands who die needlessly each day that would have a fighting chance if we would just fight for them.  As Dr. David Platt so clearly states in his book Radical, Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream, there is no Plan B for fulfilling the commission.  We must go.


Getting Started in Missions

There are thousands of short and long term mission opportunities. Where should you begin? As with anything else, begin with God. Pray. Listen. Discern.

Great. Now what? Share your heart for missions with your spouse or family as well as with your pastor and other church leaders. Have them pray for you and for clarity in your calling.

Should you join the first outbound mission that you come across? Maybe. Is that where God has called you? You’re not sure. Perhaps the first mission you cross was placed in your path because God doesn’t want you to miss it. Perhaps if you don’t go while the getting is good, you’ll procrastinate to the point of not going at all.

If your church sponsors missions, carefully pray about and consider each. If your church doesn’t have its own missions outreach, then pray for opportunities to partner with a nearby church. Lastly, if you have no local opportunity to join a mission group, search the Internet and review the listings of one of the many mission organizations that allow individual participants to join pre-planned missions.

One of the most reputable mission organizations is Pioneers who operates The Edge, a summer program placing young adults alongside field workers for 6 to 10 weeks.

For more information on short term missions, visit a resource listing short term mission organizations (e.g. Adventures in Mission), mission search engines (e.g. Short Term, and many articles and links to more information about missions.

Now Go!


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