Greetings fellows. I’ve got 2 young Christians in my Sunday morning class in Clinton (age 14 and 11) whom I’d like to try to plan some sort of foreign mission trip with in the next 2 – 4 years. Besides the 3 of us, I expect at least one parent of each would come along (and perhaps some others from the congregation).
I’d like us to go somewhere where English is a primary language. Also, it should be somewhere a current missionary is laboring or perhaps where a congregation is well-established. It would be nice to be able to assist a missionary or congregation in some way (both physically and spiritually), and at the same time open the eyes of these young people to how different the world is outside of America. My hope is that they would come back from a two week trip with a deeper passion for the Lord’s work and a better appreciation of just how blessed they are.
I know a few missionaries, but I don’t know enough about their current works/situations to know where might be the best fit–so I appeal to this fine group of brethren. I hope you can offer some brainstorming ideas. Admittedly, I’ve never been out of the country, so suggest away–anything you believe would be helpful! If there is someone you believe I should contact about this idea, please provide their contact info.
In our physical families, how we spend our money affects the rest of the family. For example, if the Father blows his paychecks on gambling and his wife can’t afford groceries, then she and the children go hungry. On the other hand, if he is wise with his money, his family can prosper.
An idea comes to mind along this line that might make a good discussion. Each congregation is autonomous and each congregation’s leadership is accountable for how they spend the Lord’s money. We are all children of God and we are all given the task to glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21), through service, worship, evangelism, helping the poor, etc.
Now, consider a question. Since we are all in the same family, despite being in autonomous congregations, how accountable are we to each other, in how we spend our money? We have so many mission works and missionaries that are closing down for lack of funds. Good programs that could bless the world, never get off of the ground, for the same reason.
Therefore, I ask, how accountable are we, as members of the Lord’s body, to each other?If not in deed, what about in spirit?
There is more than enough to do the Lord’s will. But most of it goes to non-spiritual activities, which damages the progress of the entire body. God has to be completely heart-broken about this sad fact.
Read Ron Coleman’s latest mission report here as he reports on his recent trip to Ukraine.
Click here to read Ron Coleman’s February Report.
Click here to read Ron Coleman’s latest mission report.