Sunday, January 11, 2015


In Canada we like to talk about what it really means to be missionally minded. We wax poetic about reaching out and making a difference, yet we struggle with the little things. We want to change the world, but we are afraid to cross the street to talk to our neighbour. We speak about reaching the nations, but clear out of local communities to save our housing values when 'those' people move in.

Imagine what it would be like to move into a village that is not your home to minister. A place where people are born, are raised, get married, have children, have grandchildren and die all within the village borders. Add into that complicated equation some fundamentalist faith that has lead to Christian martyrs before, and you have a glimpse into the lives of the couple we met today.

Faith is not an option, it is a requirement. When you have given up everything to follow, put all your hopes into an unknown you begin to deeply comprehend what faith looks like. Yet these couples do it willingly because they understand that whether you are a Christian or a Hindu, an animist or a Muslim, God loves you.

Walking away from family and friends into a village where people will resent you for your leadership is never easy. When they will come to lean on you for their very real problems and confide in you deeply complex relational issues, it becomes like quicksand. There will be times these couples will want to run and hide, and yet they live where they minister.

This is the heart of the gospel. We lay down our hopes, dreams and lives at the feet of Jesus to do with what He will. Whether it means life or death on this earth, riches or poverty to serve others, whether we live in comfort or under constant threat of our lives - God is with us.

As you read this, eight couples worthy of your prayer are on trains to head to villages that desperately need Jesus. They go not only to proclaim the gospel, but to break the chains of poverty that bind these people and to declare freedom on this earth and in the next. These are couples that are worthy of your prayer and desperately need it.

Next time you walk out your door, remember that your neighbour is not that far away, and a conversation is not that hard. It only requires love.

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