Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dear Julie, (my response to a friend)

I can't even tell you how much your prayers mean to us. We cannot do this alone. What is happening here is actually historical within the body of Christ. Through the courage and wise leadership of the godly men at LifePoint, our church is leading out in the taking back of the responsibility of sending missionaries out.

For much too long, a large portion of the sending has been left up to the missionary organizations, hindering the efforts on the field. As Christians, how many times have we checked our little "Great Commission" box as done because we threw twenty dollars in the plate on missions Sunday? How involved are we in answering the call to go into all the world? We, in America can be so self protective and absorbed and we have lost our sense of urgency for the gospel to reach the world.

Team efforts on the mission field have proven to be successful but so many times missionaries are sent out as individual units. They become disenchanted, discouraged and disheartened. Often times, the mission is abandoned. If this model we are participating in proves fruitful, we are believing many more churches from across the country will take heart, follow our model, avoiding our experiential mistakes and send more teams out to reap the harvest. Truly, many churches and mission organizations are watching and waiting on the outcome of this effort. What an incredible story we have been swept up into!

Please pray specifically for God's leading and strategy as we go. We have been so encouraged by his provision and leading this far. We are expecting to come upon great opposition. But we know that greater is HE!

Once we are settled in Belgium, our plan is to open our home to anyone who will come and walk beside; see firsthand the work God is doing, maybe bring a ministry team to catch the vision.

When I say that we cannot do this alone, I mean it literally. God has made that clear. This is a team effort, people just like you and David are part of that team as you hold us up in prayer. Thank you for lending your ears and hearts to our journey.

To the Spreading of His Fame!


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