So, we just got back from Cincinnati, and it was awesome! I wanted to post some stuff while we were there, but we had pretty late days every day and we were just exhausted when we got back to the rooms.
Lakota Hills Baptist Church is our partner there and they host services in English, Arabic, Bhutanese (Nepal), Korean, and have a Spanish outreach at a nearby apartment that is huge. These people are amazing at what they do. We were able to sit on the Arabic, Bhutanese, and Korean services as well as help out with the apartment ministry. The worship services of the first three were beautiful and it can easily be seen how much they love the Lord. Pastors Amer (Arabic), Chulmin (Korean), and Purna (Bhutanese), are gifted speakers and have been called by the Lord to bring the Gospel to the people of their countries.
Pastors Bob and Alan, along with their wives, and other volunteers undertake a huge ministry at some apartments close to the church where they teach ESL classes, do food distribution, free yard sales, and Bible studies throughout the week with classes for kids anywhere from tiny to teenager. These people are awesome! It is such a huge task to make all of this work out and they have been doing this for 10 years!
It was truly a blessing to see how God has orchestrated all of these people and all of these things to work out the way they do. It puts things in perspective about how we do church and how we take for granted all that we are blessed with. Most of us where I live go to church and it is so easy. We just show up. Everything is done and we don't have to lift a finger other than flipping a few pages in our Bibles. Some of the stuff going on at Lakot Hills takes a lot of setting up and tearing down, buying supplies and distributing resources, and taking a lot of time out of people's weeks to allow for all that needs to be done to get done.
This is what missions is all about. Reaching out and completing a task in the Kingdom that needs to be done. So many of us want to do certain things and if these certain things are taken, we simply give up. Pastor Bob, for example, basically says to go where God needs you and wait for directions. He will provide all the information you need to get His work done.
I was thinking a lot about the Great Commission this week. Jesus says this in the 28th chapter of Matthew - 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
If we, as Christians, do not have an outreach to those who are lost, we are not being obedient to what our Savior is telling us. Missional work is extremely important, maybe now more than ever. God has left us here after our Salvation to be the light of the world. We are to shine for Jesus and represent all that He is. Through missions we are His ambassadors. We are charged with bringing more people into the family of God.
Imagine what it would be like to stand in Heaven and see someone that you helped lead to Christ. My heart burns for that!! I want Jesus to look at me one day and tell me good job. I want so bad to do a better job at showing people the way to salvation. Lord, help me be a better witness of Your Truth!
Alright guys, more coming later, but for now, I have to get on some schoolwork. This one was another short one but to be honest........I'm tired. It's been a long few days. However, I can't wait to go back in October!! God bless everyone!