Making Your Mission Field


Making Your Mission Field
Hope TerKeurst

“You, my brothers and
sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the
flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

My
two sisters and I always wanted brothers.

Prayed for
brothers.

Begged our parents for brothers.

So when the decision
was made to adopt two boys from Africa, my sisters and I were in awe the miracle
was happening! Our mom and dad assured us it was real and God was behind it
all—He had tugged at their hearts, He had prepared these boys and our family,
and He had called us all to say “yes.”

Our saying yes to God as a family
to adopt our brothers made me want to say yes to Him in all areas of my
life.

That’s when I promised God my life would be His mission field and
I’d be sold out to serving anywhere He sent me.

When I was 14 years old,
I went on my first mission trip to Nicaragua. I fell in love with the whole
experience. Even though I had happily said yes, the trip was difficult. I was
totally outside my comfort zone. But any initial craziness and chaos gave way to
great joy and peace.

The following summer I went to Ethiopia where I got
to see a different way of life on the other side of the world. I experienced
jitters being in a foreign land with a language, culture, and food I didn’t
understand, but the adjustment time was short and my passion grew
great.

Since that trip I have taken several more to Nicaragua, including
one where I helped run a foot-and-shoe clinic. We welcomed everyone who visited
the clinic, washed their feet, prayed for them, and then helped them choose a
pair of shoes. It was incredibly humbling to serve the people from these two
countries.

They are grateful for their lives. Very few have anything of
material value, yet their gratitude and joy flows without ceasing. They laugh,
sing, dance, and give generously without holding back … even to a stranger
like me. I went to give. Yet, I was the one who received.

I’ve found that
when I say yes to God, a joy fills me and motivates me to be close to Him and to
walk in His will. It makes me want to keep asking Him how He can use my life as
a mission field, any where from my home to my hometown to around the
world.

We don’t have to go overseas to do missions work. Opportunities
are all around. Who has God placed in front of you that needs help? Who in your
family needs support? Which friend has been struggling with a temptation or a
broken heart?

When God works through us to meet the needs of
others—that’s missions.

Let’s turn our everyday life into God’s mission
field. I think we’ll be amazed at what He does as we step out of our comfort
zone and partner with Him!

Dear Lord, I want You to use me to love and
bless someone today. Show me exactly how I can serve Your people, even if it’s
in the smallest way. I’m trusting You to move in my heart and in the hearts of
those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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