Posted by: macahajo | January 29, 2014

We Want To Go On Missions With You!

The following is a letter from one of our former students in the youth group we led several years ago, after we met with her and her husband to re-connect and to share about the Africa ministry…

Linda wrote, “When we got home we looked at the EFCA website and talked/prayed about giving. I think on all my short term missions trips we went to witness but then we’d just leave. I know that God has a plan and there is a place and role in those short term trips but it just didn’t feel right. We really resonate with your vision, making disciples that makes disciples. Being Christian is so much more than just saying words– discipleship is so important. When I was younger, missions was something that I was passionate about but I didn’t think I was called to full time missions.

Before we met, I was telling my husband who you two were to me and Sara (her best friend growing up).  I remember all the rides Mark gave me, how he made me feel like a little sister and helped me feel like Midwest was my home. And Cathy, I remembered all those sleepovers we had with you, and all the talks we had. Both of you have a dear place in my heart.

Financially, things are a little wishy-washy. I still have a ridiculous amount of loans, my husband is in the process of switching jobs, and I’m still making a residents salary.  But one thing that I’ve learned is if I don’t give- I’ll never be consistent with prayer support.   We want to commit to giving monthly.  I know it’s not a lot but after I graduate we’ll be able to give more. But we want to commit now and partner with you and go on missions with you. Please send us your newsletter!  God bless.  Much love.”

I am so encouraged by their hearts for the Lord, and I respect them so much for their perspectives on missions and giving.

First of all, they prayed about it! They prayerfully considered joining our Africa Ministry Support Team by giving. In addition to recognizing how we ministered to her in the past and resonating with the vision we have of making disciples who make disciples, she and her husband took the time to meet with us to learn more about the work, and they did a little research on the organization that we are a part of.

Second, their circumstances may have told them not to give, that they should save, that they should wait to give till there is plenty of money in the bank…this is a humanly perspective on the subject.  But, they have a Kingdom focus on giving, and they are choosing in faith, to give to the Lord’s work, trusting that He will provide.

Third, the Lord taught her, that if she doesn’t give, she’ll never be consistent with prayer. 

I love how at the end, she closed by saying, “…we want to commit now and partner with you and go on missions with you.”  How sweet is that! She gets it!  We are doing this ministry together! Though she might not be called to full-time missions work overseas, each one of us can have a part in the Lord’s Great Commission, and each person is so important and necessary!… those who pray, those who give, and those who go.

Hannah, with Paul & Linda's little baby

Our Hannah, having fun with their little baby.  Summer, 2013

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

-Cathy Lynn


Responses

  1. Walking in obedience, abiding in Christ. Praise the Lord!


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