“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
We got to serve at last week’s Missions Conference at Calvary Chapel of Downey!
It was great to see old friends, and met some new ones. Being part of the Gospel for Asia family has allowed us to take part in such events as these. To share what God is doing in each of our lives is the best part of it all.
The usual cast of missions minded people were there, Jerome of US Center for World Missions, David of Perspectives, Brent Kaser for ‘Promise Child’, Paulette of ‘Child Evangelism Fellowship’, Geraldine of Calvary Chapel Magazine, Shawn of CCBC Mexico, along with his wife Karen, and many more. It is always a blessed time spent with everyone.
Our hostesses, Zully and Maria C, were ever ready to help out with anything the exhibitors needed, thank you ladies and the missions team of CC Downey.
Pastor John Michaels was there to share his testimony. With it he gave me, gave us all who listened, something to consider. A reminder…
He spoke of the partnership that the church, as the Body of Jesus Christ, gets to be a part of. Clearly the verse we have today conveys that truth. John Michaels said that only 2 % of the people in a church get called to go out in the mission field. And when we say mission field, he meant out of the country.
You know what the remaining 98% get to do? They get to be senders. Senders of the 2 percent. Isn’t that awesome? It’s a win-win situation for both the goers and the senders. The Lord allows us to be blessed and be a blessing to others.
How does one become a sender? First, we would support them through prayer. This would be the most important way of sending someone to the mission field. Because we are agreeing with the Lord to send them in the Power of God, we lift them up in prayer, which is the fuel that allows us to realize the Heart of our Father regarding the plight of those who do not yet know Him nor heard of His saving grace.
There are other ways that you can be sender. If you are able, you can also send them by financially supporting them. The Lord will provide for the missionary, yes, that we can be sure of. But He will use you, use me to be a part of His work through those who are going. As you give unto the work of God, it is He who gives you the grace to do so. And it is to your credit when you do so, as Paul so aptly told the Philippians in 4:17, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.”
Now what is a sender? One of the definitions found in the dictionary that caught my attention is, “to propel or throw in a particular direction.” Picture that in your mind. To propel means to give someone or something a boost, as in you propel a baseball towards a specific direction.
What does it take to propel something? Energy? Power? Muscles? Effort? Think about it.
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2Corinthians 9:7