Called to Action

I love being active. I love playing sports and games, exploring new neighborhoods, and doing hands-on projects that show others love and compassion. This call to action is apparent in our Christian life in many ways. Nowhere in Scripture are we told to sit tight and watch the work of the Lord. We are called to take up our cross and follow the Lord—through action. This is great news! We get to be an active part of God’s plan for His people.

For many years, I’ve been active in missions, taking trips to places like Thailand, Haiti, and even Iowa, but God has more often and with more impact called me to action in the places I have lived. There is nothing like the joy of seeing a friend or neighbor come to know Christ. There is greater love shared through continuous relationship with those hurting around us.

I moved to New York City in the midst of Hurricane Sandy recovery. I was blessed to serve alongside some great men and women who saw this natural disaster as a great way to show Christ’s love to those around them. I met shop owners, public servants, homeless, and tenants who were all suffering emotional and physical loss. God called our church to action by providing funds and volunteers to help our neighbors recover. I sat with many people in those months of recovery and felt the strength of Christ come out in our words and actions in ways that meant more to my new friends than we will probably ever know.

Think of ways you can serve those in your community and take action! It can be simple acts of kindness or bold strokes of faith.

Christy Dyer is a North American Mission Board church-planting team member serving through missions engagement and mobilization in New York City. To read more about her ministry, visit

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