That is a fun word, and it can also be a challenge. As I was in my quiet time this morning, I was reflecting on my own circumstances and to be honest, having a bit of concern with what my next 13 days will be like. I’m going to the Republic of Georgia, beginning July 17, on a mission trip for our heavenly Father to shine his light in a dark world.
Jesus teaches us to be his disciples, but he also teaches us to not only become a disciple but also to make disciples. I have to be honest, it would have been nice to stay in the states to do his work; most of the time I am here, doing just that. However, when someone asks you to consider going and to pray about it, well, the rest is history. Perhaps you, too, will have the privilege of doing a “Crosley Tour” (however, this time we’re going without our fearless leader, Dan Crosley). Two years ago I did go and we had an incredible God-experience with so many folks who live in a dark world and have very little.
Now, two years later I’m going again. I’m excited but am also having some reservations and they are all the normal stuff that women typically think of: weather, flights on time, luggage delivered on time, safety, health, God’s work being given the effort and honor due him, ladies hearing and turning their own lives towards him — the list could go on and on.
Let’s take each day and reflect on his goodness and his purpose for all of us. May we draw closer to him and strengthen our walks together. We can live out the purposes he has for us and do it well. I am reminded of Matthew 28 of “going and making disciples of all the nations.” Doing God’s work with his direction allows us to have his strength and comfort. Knowing that “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” will give the Republic of Georgia team his joy, peace, wisdom and guidance. Please pray for us while we are gone: Suzie Mills, Sharon Vincent, Cindy Hartline, Susan & Kelli Yeager and myself as we live out one of our 4 Faith Movements: Live Missionally (1 Peter 4:10 & Ephesians 2:9-10), by meeting the needs of the “least of these” in one context outside our comfort zone during the year.
If you desire, you can read our blog at www.livingonmission.org and stay in touch with what is going on during our mission trip. We will be doing two overnight women’s retreats in two separate areas along with going into a Muslim village to teach children. Pray for the Good News to be heard, understood and accepted and that God’s light will shine brightly for all those we come in contact with!!!