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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : The Many Reasons of Missions by Roxann Brenton

The Many Reasons of Missions

by Roxann Brenton   

Matthew 28: 19–20:  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.   

One thing I’ve learned from having been on several mission trips is that people take these trips for many reasons; to reach the world, to see the world, to make a difference, and/or to be a part of something bigger than themselves. One thing I can guarantee, though, is that the person on the mission trip receives much more than the recipients of the mission groups’ good deeds. This was especially true on my most recent trip to work with the Roma of Slovakia.  

Mission trips continue to overwhelm me. The needs are always so great and I feel so small. I was petrified by the fact that the women I was to work with and I did not speak the same language! I discovered that it’s times like these when God wants us to rely on Him. I never completely overcame the feeling of being overwhelmed, but it lessened significantly when in walked a translator extraordinaire, in the form of Diane McNary, one of our missionary hosts!   

There have been numerous people who have come in and out of my life at Second Baptist Church-Liberty throughout the years. They have been the salt and the light to help me walk down the path I am currently on. I prayed that I would have a similar impact on someone that God would place in my path to show God’s love, grace and truth. And if He did, I would pour myself into that person and continue to pray for them the way so many have prayed for me. I believe it was divine intervention when the topic of a mission trip to Slovakia came up during a regular Wednesday night fellowship dinner there. I was sitting at a table with a good friend who was compiling a team to work with the Roma of Slovakia.  My ears perked up and the rest, as they say, is history.  

I am so thankful for the opportunity that the SEND Initiative @ 2BC helped to make possible. I rejoice that I was called to serve and I hope some of whom I share my experience with will catch the ember that is on fire in me and will enable it to continue to flame!     

How can you be salt and light to a bland and dark world?  Open yourself to the possibility of serving others in Liberty, the Kansas City area, and the world.
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