Blog Post for Sunday, May 13, 2018
Are cross-cultural missions worth the effort?
This week we will wrap up our series on the Great Commission by asking a very practical question: are cross-cultural missions worth the effort? Given that going to live in another culture, learning a new language and interacting with people very different from you is a very stressful and inconvenient endeavor, I think it’s worthwhile to ask this question. After all, the call of Jesus on the church to disciple the nations of the earth is costly and requires great financial, familial and personal sacrifices. So again I raise the question: is the efforts which the Great Commission calls for actually worth it in the end?
This coming Sunday, I hope to show you that yes, indeed, the Great Commission is most definitely worth every ounce of sacrifice and effort required by introducing you to a young woman from China who is studying right now at KSU: Qingling Li. We got to know Qingling at our recent “Picnic On the Prairie” outreach and she has a very inspiring story to share with us about how she came to faith in Christ while studying in the U.S. Her story reminds us that the Great Commission is not yet finished and that God is still bringing the “nations” to Himself. Furthermore, we will be reminded that God is not interested in using super-hero Christians who have it all together to further His kingdom, but rather simple men and women of faith who are willing to go outside of their comfort zones through befriending others. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!
Also, I will be sharing a personal update about my upcoming time of leave that the Leadership Team is sending me on as well as updates about the trip to Kenya that Clint Decker and I will be going on.
I look forward to seeing you all this coming Sunday!
Be blessed this week!
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