I stumbled across this when I was cleaning up some unnecessary files from my computer and I thought I would post and share. I returned from Toronto exactly one year ago on May 1, 2007. :)
I had the privilege of going to Toronto to partner with Chris Adams and his family because of God’s sovereignty. I had not even considered going until Craig called me 4 weeks before the trip and asked me if I would go. I got off the phone to pray about it and all I could think of was “Why would I NOT go?” I know that God’s desire is for us to know Him and to make Him known, so I knew that He would take care of the details (and He did…from having money for my passport and getting it back in time to having people to help Jay take care of the kids). God is so good!
I want to tell you a little bit of what our team accomplished in this massive city in the short time we had to be there. Ministry is a little tougher in Toronto because of the diversity of the city. There are people from all over the world that live there and because of that, there are people of all different religions there. The Adams’ home is located directly in front of a park in their neighborhood where It is not uncommon to see Catholics, Seikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons as well as all different races and cultures. They all have one thing in common though. They are desperately in need of salvation through Jesus Christ. The way to minister there is “relationally”. And our goal while we were there was not to cram Jesus down their throat, but to do things for them in the name of Jesus and pray for them. Two of the days we spent doing random acts of kindness which was my favorite time there! We had two teams and our plan was to get together, pray as a team and ask God’s guidance in where he would have us go and what He would have us do. The first day, my team went to Wal-Mart and gave out $25 gift cards to mothers with young children. Then we made “snack bags” and passed them out to construction workers all over the city of Brampton. The next day, the team I was on went to the Salvation Army battered women’s shelter and found out what their needs were. We found out that of the 32 children staying there, none of them had backpacks for school. So we went to Wal-Mart and bought backpacks for all the children there. God showed me through those 2 days that we do not have to go on a trip to another country to show acts of kindness to others and also that ministry here should be done the same. Building relationships with those that God puts in our path is the most effective way to minister and witness to them.
So, why should you go on a mission trip? Simply answer this…Why should you NOT go? I had many reasons to not go. I didn’t have a passport, I work part time, I have two young children, I even missed a graduation! But none of those things were too big for God to handle. Besides that, they are all temporal things! Colossians 3:2 (NLT) says “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Why should you give to missions? There is nothing in this world that you can give your resources to that will yield a bigger return than missions and kingdom work. God’s desire is for us to know Him and make Him known. If we are to conform to His image, we need to see people and circumstances through His eyes. Everything we have is not ours. My children, my family, my money, my home, our church staff and church family…it all belongs to the LORD and my responsibility is to not hold onto it too tightly and ask God what He wants to do with it. It all begins with the heart. Matthew 6:19-21"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.