We have seen and have been so blessed every step of the way in our lives. We have been blessed to spend time in the mission field that God had called us to, Haiti. In many cases we have met missionaries that have been well funded, enjoying the perks of having money to ship items in, money to go out to North America for special family affairs and then those that struggle with far less and stay most of the time in country.
We have met under-funded missions, we have met under-funded missionaries and we have met those that have all that they need and more. But so many times we see the vision and provision scenario in relation to serving abroad. What about those that run our local soup kitchens, those that hand out bibles to workers in the sex trade, those that without a doubt feel called to bible college, and those that God has given a burden of addictions and recovery. Why is is that these "mission fields" are always looking for servants and funding? Why is there always a call for those to help with local missions and that the call to serve is so great? When for many people they would say they are not called to international missions, so they feel comfortable not signing up for missions trips, but what about the trip to the church on Saturday or Wednesday for soup kitchen?
One of my favourite spoofs...Lord, please don't send me to Africa. If you have never seen it, You Tube it. Basically it tells of the story of a guy that would rather give, pray, be an usher, even as a last resort, teach Sunday school, than go to Africa. Honestly, for me I am singing Lord please send me to Africa, but that is a different blog post.
I can't seem to understand what is the reason why funding for different projects or mission fields can be so vast. If we consider local missions, many of them are in need of your time, energy and resources.
This weekend our Pastor, Scott Gaglardi, preached about our burdens and not the daily grind that feels like a burden, but the burdens that God has given you, that you can't escape, the kind that you cannot possibly do on your steam, the burdens that require, planning, prayer, resources, and a big dose of humility, the ones that seem like mountains. WHY... because without these burdens we cannot see our faith in action, we cannot see His control over the physical, when we reach out to Him in the spiritual, and we can't share the story of His glory.
I totally get the entire concept, but today while talking to Kelsey, we were both relenting to the facts of why some days the practical side of going, money, time and commitment seem like it over takes the faith side. Are we willing to sit and do nothing and wait upon the Lord to move in our finances or our time frame, or are we willing to look at how we can make it happen. Which brings me to the second part of that, if we waiting looks like we are doing nothing, are we really stepping out? Is we waiting look like a person that says "yes" when this happens or that happens, then I will be able to ...fill in the blank. It could be go to Africa, it could be go to bible college, it could be serving at soup kitchen , it could be raising funds for programs that work in addiction counselling. Either way you cut it, we live in a world of me, instant gratification and self serving attitudes., not in a world of faith, we are a "sure thing" culture.
This is not about raising money, or asking people to commit to anything, it is about asking are you wondering where the "supersize" miracles are? I am. I pray that there will be a day when mission fields have waiting lists, where ministries that feed the poor, have to rotate volunteers to make room for everyone, and a day when we don't doubt in our heads and follow the faith of our hearts. A day when practical isn't our first response. What is God calling you to....
God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. Romans 11 v 29 The Message.
Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth
Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We are ALL called...pray for the Lord to give you the burden that makes your heart heavy and knees weak! It will start a journey that will bless you more than you can know!