“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus is on this earth, becoming human and living among us for 33 years. He grows in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. He chooses his disciples, he walks with them and talks with them and teaches them, then he gives the greatest gift the world will ever receive–Himself! He suffers and dies a cruel death. But he is God, and death cannot hold him in the grave. He raises on the third day and appears to many. Then, as he is about ready to ascend into heaven to take his rightful place next to his Father, he speaks his last words to his disciples, and to us!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19
Out of all the words Jesus could have spoke, He chose these specific words to leave us with. These words are vital! When we believe in Jesus Christ, in his ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and accept him as Lord and Savior, we are saved! We have a eternal life with Jesus Christ in heaven forever. Then why are we still on this planet, awaiting that glorious day? Because Jesus has given us a job to do. We are to go and shine his light to others and share the good news that he has brought to us and to the world.
There are many ways that we can do that–in our neighborhoods, in our families, in our schools–and on mission trips. I am blessed to be going on a mission trip to Temoaya, in Central Mexico. I leave in less than two days with my husband, and 39 other individuals from my church. We are blessed to partner with Compassion International in a work they have there. It involves church planting and child sponsorship. My husband and I are excited to get to see our sponsored child Jocelin. And we get to meet her family! We will also be building a playground, sharing a VBS, leading a marriage seminar, teacher training seminar, and the pastor leadership seminar. If it were not for the sacrifice, generous commitment, and gifts from our family and friends, this trip would not be possible for us. Our hearts are full of love, gratitude and thanks to those who have partnered with us and supported us in going on this trip.
Jesus tells us in his word that there are the Goers and there are Senders. Without the Senders, the Goers cannot go and without the Senders and the Goers partnering together, those who need to hear the good news of Jesus, would not be able to hear it.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Good News about Christ…And how can they hear, without someone preaching to them…And how can they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:17, 14
As we leave this week to share the good news of Jesus with those into Temoaya Mexico, I ask for your prayers. We are in this together! Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “two are better than one,…” Jesus sent out his followers two by two! There is so much mutual encouragement and support when we go after God’s mission together!
TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
I thank you for your prayers, I trust in them, and I know I cannot do this alone! But together and with God, all things are possible!
I look forward to sharing all that God does on this trip with you when I return!
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