In my last post, Success! 1 Down & 1 To Go, much was said about work that needs to be done at the orphanage in Barahona. Today I want to put a face with those tasks. I’d like for you to see Jodie and his family.
Missions: The Faces Remind Us
In two weeks, I’ll be with our Belize mission team in Punta Gorda, Belize. In preparation for that, I sent a note to that team this morning. Here is part of what I said:
Is your mission a construction project? Is your mission a medical clinic? Why do I pose the question? Construction or medical, the terms represent TASKS. And from our very American viewpoint, we will focus on the task. If we have a water purification system to install, then our view is ‘clean water is our job.’ Whatever our tasks may be, do we want to get them done? Yes. Can we throw the baby out with the bath water? Yes!To gain a proper focus on nearly anything, we need to look at our only perfect Model. How did Jesus understand His mission? What is the focus of our Father’s mission in human history? Jesus ‘came to seek and to save those who are lost.’ The work of the Father is to draw people to Himself ‘from every nation, tribe, and tongue.’ The focus of the mission is people. And with people, we have relationships.
Missions Always Have Faces
So what is the orphanage mission all about? It’s about the faces that belong to some precious boys. You’ll meet some of them later this week. The orphanage mission is about a young man and his family that God has put in a position to make a difference. The orphanage, and other missions, is about the family of God working together to build the Kingdom of God.
We are to invest in people! Just remember, God invested in YOU. So I’d like to invite you to pray for Jodie and his family. I’m asking you to continue praying that we get TWO things in order:
- A mission team to help build quarters for Jodie and his family
- Funds to buy the materials
All of that is in process. And remember, missions have faces! You’ll see more of them here. Come back often!
Soli Deo Gloria!