missionaries from our church are home for a couple weeks and have been sharing what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of the people they are living with in their creative access country.

i thought for a good couple years that this would be me. that i would be coming back to my home church giving reports of all that God is doing overseas. i pictured myself single, living life full of faith and working with the poorest of the poor. its amazing to think what happens when we live surrendered lives to Christ. when we lay down our dreams and let God take over. does my heart sometimes still long for the culture shock and living uncomfortably...sometimes, but God has turned my missions heart not for the people of Africa, but for the people of North America. it's been a beautiful journey so far.

when Jesus gave His final commandment to GO and make disciples [Matt 28:18-20], He was clear that it was to the ends of earth.. yet it wasn't only there. we all weren't called to the ends of the earth but we all are called to go. to get up and make disciples of Jesus Christ. this is our mission field. this is one of our main purposes here on this earth.

but even with my missions heart of mine, i got lazy. we just don't need God in North America. we have our savings and pension plans. we have running water and electricity. if we never bought another piece of clothing again we'd be more than ok.

hearing these missionaries come back and share their stories has been a real encouragement for me and a wake up call. encouraging to hear how big my God is and how he is working in Muslim countries and a wake up call for me not to be so lazy.

people in Africa need Jesus. people in Muslim countries need Jesus. people in Elmira need Jesus.

wherever you are in this season of your life, that is your mission field. don't forget that or get lazy like i have. we have work to do for the glory of God.

so let's GO.

happy monday!

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