Monday, February 9, 2009

Four For France Appointees

Here is a photo of David and me with seven other GEM appointees. Among them are a couple headed to North Africa for long term service with Muslims, a woman who develops Christ-centered curriculum for teaching English as a foreign language, a young woman who is going to teach preschool in Bulgaria for a year, and a young man who will serve in the Czech Republic for the summer. Fast friends. Fellow pilgrims. People who I will never forget, even though I may not see them again until Heaven.

Our week in Colorado was super intense. We were loaded with information, enlightened by seasoned missionaries, and bathed in prayer. We were officially commissioned as church-planters in France by the president of GEM.

I am both delighted and petrified. I am both eager to go and reluctant to leave. I am both hopeful and humbled.

The following words reflect the call that God has placed on my life. Yours, too. You see, with or without a formal appointment to missions by a sending agency, if you are a follower of Jesus, this IS your life's work:

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
II Tim. 4: 1-5

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