Dear North American Christian
I have had the amazing privilege to be in 14 different countries in my life so far. I hope to go to many more! Some were quick visits, some were longer, and I lived in the Philippines for about two years. This week I’m adding a new one to the list. I leave in just a few days for Chile. I’m going on a missions trip with a group called Medical Missions Outreach. If you haven’t heard of them and the awesome work they’re doing, please click on the name and find out more!
I’m excited about this organization because I love the way they reach people. I believe that the Gospel is the most important thing that we can give to any living soul on earth. But I also believe that they will be much more open to the Gospel when we show God’s love to them in physical, tangible ways. I don’t have any medical training, but I’ll be able to work alongside Doctors and Nurses as they care for people’s physical needs and then missionaries as they care for their souls.
I also believe that every North American christian should leave North America at some point if at all possible. Seeing so much of the world has opened me up to new cultures, new ideas, new ways of seeing the world. I’d say new foods too, but I’m so picky that hasn’t happened too much! All of that has been great, but when you sit beside someone in their cardboard house and they want to be the one that shares what they have with you, it changes something in your perspective for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take away that we have problems here, because each of us has real problems in life and I wouldn’t diminish that.
It gives you more of an eternal perspective. Helps to remind you of what is really important. And that most of what we have, is not important at all. It helps me remember that money doesn’t bring happiness, contentment does. That there are Christians being persecuted for their faith, so I should be able to stand here for mine. That God loves people in every country in the world, and I need to also.
I know not everyone can just go on the next missions trip this year! But there are ways we can all broaden our perspective and live with eternal vision, even here in North America. So if you can, go on that next trip, but if you can’t, figure out a way to be involved in missions some way in your city and church. You’ll be surprised what you can come up with.