It’s all Missions
This past Sunday, we had the incredible privilege of interviewing our two primary missionary partners; Justin Kirlin from Casas Por Cristo and John and Abby VanPeursem from Poetice. Both of these are more than partner organizations to us…they are family. Our partnerships with these missions organizations goes back to the humble beginnings of our church. We have always been in partnership and on mission with Casas Por Cristo and with Poetice.
Sunday, we got to hear a lot about what God is doing through these two particular missions organizations and in these unique areas of the world. It was so exciting! We are proud to be able to say we play a part in these two incredible “kingdom” works. But to call this our “Missions Sunday” is kind of a misnomer. In fact, Justin and the VanPeursem’s would be the first to agree with me.
You see, we have this dangerous way of assuming that missions is something you go do. It’s happening at a faraway place. God is working there in incredible ways. We can “go” on short term missions trips and we can “do” missions work while we are there. We can “fund” missionaries in far off places…and that is missions.
Now, we absolutely need to do all of those things. We need to send teams and funding. We need to partner in the work happening in these places. We believe in these leaders and we have seen miracle after miracle happen as a result of our partnerships. But that is not all missions is.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)
It’s likely if you have been part of the church for any time you have read this passage. And I’m sure you aren’t really surprised by what it says. But what we are guilty of in the church is relegating missions to the “Ends of the Earth” as if missions work is some sort of strategy for reaching far away places. But it’s not for us.
First, we are all called to missions. There are some of you reading this right now that probably should go on a trip or even consider involvement on the Casas team or in the Poetice School of Justice and Worship. Why NOT you? If God is pulling on your heartstrings about this stuff, stop hesitating. Go.
But greater than that, we have to unpack the assumption that missions is about going. Should we be any less “on mission” in our own community? Every time you serve anywhere for the kingdom, you are on mission. Every time you mentor, or host for Safe Families, or volunteer with the closet, you’re doing missions work. Every time you join Ransom for a large event in our community, or donate a car to our car ministry, you are giving your time and resources to missions. And every time God pulls your heartstrings about an issue in our community, region, nation or world, that is a call to missions.
All church work is missions work. All believers are missionaries. Some just live far away. But don’t be guilty of letting yourself off the hook as someone not called to missions work. You are. If you’re a believer, you’re called. Every believer is a missionary. Every believer is a minister. That includes you.
So the question is…what is God calling you to do? If you want to talk more about this, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you discover your God given calling.