Connections: Mission 2016
Old sayings, proverbs, and common sense: these things have a way of turning up in life. Every so often we get a picture that verifies what we all know – a picture is worth a 1,000 words. In November, we took one of those pictures. In it, we can see most of the connections to any year of mission and ministry. Let’s connect it to 2016.
Connections: The Projects
The project in the picture is a latrine for a family in a Dominican batey. Think of it more generically. That latrine is one of a number of projects undertaken by ROW Evangelism mission teams. Here are some of the things it could represent:
- Church Concstruction
- Sports Evangelism
- Pastor Training
- Community Education
- Medical Mission
- Evangelistic Crusade
- Vacation Bible School
- Sewing Schools
- Distributing Solar Bibles
Our teams usually have multiple projects to undertake while they are in-country. No matter the project, the team must be equipped. That equipping comes in two forms. First, churches, organizations, and individuals donate needed items like Bibles, fabric, medicines, or sports equipment. Second, these same people donate funds to meet mission project needs. Both things are necessary.
Connections: The People
You see several mission team members in the picture. Teams have to be equipped and sent. Whatever the mission project, it is accomplished by ROW mission volunteers. People are often faced with a temptation:
I can’t go, therefore I don’t have to be engaged.
The enemy loves for people to believe that lie. Many things can legitamately keep someone from being a mission volunteer. However, there are a number of things they can do to engage:
- Be on a prayer team
- Help raise funds for mission projects
- Help send a person who can go
- Encourage others to go
As I have said many times, every mission has two components. Each contains people and at least one project. Too often, attention is narrowly focused on the mission event. That leads to missing another one of the mission connections: leadership. Mission projects don’t just happen. People and projects need leadership. It makes the connections between:
- Mission execution
- Mission follow-up
In this case, mission leadership is the role I have been given. That list above is what I do for many mission teams in the course of a year. It is a full-time effort. And as I shared in the previous post, it is something God has blessed and we celebrate that!
Connections: Necessary Support
To me, the striking part of the picture is the man on the bottom of the ladder, Josh. He was a mission volunteer. He is not weilding the hammer. That is being done by Isaac. He is a Dominican young man I have known for some time now. The problem they faced was a ladder that was too short. And that is such a picture of how God’s children should accomplish His work!
My ‘ladder‘ is too short when it comes to the work I do. I don’t have enough time, enough resources, or enough help. Like Isaac, I need to be ‘up there‘ leading, training, and equipping. I have been blessed with a great number of people like Josh! They are willing and able to hold me up while I do what needs to be done. And that is the connection more people need to see. Why? Because there is always more to do than we have people or resources to meet.
Connections: Missions & Christmas
So what’s the point to all these mission connections? YOU are needed. Please pray, promote, encourage, and engage. And as you complete your Christmas giving lists, please include ROW Evangelism in your giving. That will make it much easier to plan the mission work of 2016! It is fitting that Heaven’s mission story (Christmas) has a place in our giving plans.
Soli Deo Gloria!
To donate online through ROW: Click left image. Make sure ‘Evangelism’ appears in drop-down box at end of form.
To write a check: Make check payable to ROW, memo line should say ‘Evangelism’ – mail to:
- Keith Burnett Ministries
- PO 803
- Scottsboro, AL 35768