How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
If we spend a few minutes just thinking about this adventure on which we are about to embark, we would realize that this is truly an exciting time in our lives. You and I are a part of a group of believers who are going to the other side of the world to share God’s love. Over the years, Flatonia Baptist Church as had over 40 different members from our church go on at least one of these mission trips to Bunde. Every time we go, we learn more about ourselves, more about how to show God’s love, more about how to partner with others in this work, and more about our relationship with God.
As you and I prepare our hearts for this journey, it is important to get our minds focused in the right direction. First, we have to see this as a great adventure. If we begin to think about our own fears and potential failures, we will lose a lot of the excitement God wants us to have for this mission trip. This is God’s work – trust Him throughout this process.
Second, we have to remember what true success is all about on one of these trips. As I have already pointed out, you being on this journey in the first place is worth celebrating. You have already given your “yes” to God and He is excited that you have stepped out of your comfort zone. Success for us can be defined simply as “being obedient to God.” That’s it and that’s all! We can’t say that we are only successful if 50 people come to know Christ on this trip. God celebrates obedience – don’t ever forget that!
Finally, we have to remember that we are part of a team. Embrace this concept. We are not going alone. No one is expecting any one of us to carry the entire load. And, none of us are going to be “sitting the bench” either. We all have some role to play. Just do your part and you will be fine. As you spend time in prayer for this mission opportunity don’t forget to pray for your teammates who will join you on this journey. In his letter to the church at Colossae, Paul gave great insight into how to pray for your fellow missionaries.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
God will honor these prayers and do such great work in and through us as we step out in faith and participate in this mission effort. Honestly, if you have never gone before, it is hard for the “veterans” to explain just how excited you ought to be for this trip. It really will be quite the adventure!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, today we spend a few moments just thanking you for letting us be a part of this missionary adventure. We know that by following You in this way, we will have a great opportunity to grow in our faith, as well as help lead others to faith. We pray for a great team spirit within our group. We ask for open doors to share the message of Your great love. We pray for the leaders of the Bunde church as well – they are also a strong part of this team. Father, we ask that You help us to see and experience the joy You have set before us as we begin this journey.