Missions Focus

A few years ago I went to Sochi, Russia, with a diverse team of women to help a local church with a special celebration of International Women’s Day. Nearly 100 women gathered at the church for music, crafts, games, and food. We encouraged the women of the church with our testimonies of God’s goodness and shared God’s love with women who would not normally be in a church.

In some ways the experience reminded me of my days as an Acteen®. One summer we traveled to New Orleans for an Activators trip. One of our assignments at the Baptist Friendship House was helping with an event for women in need. The small number of women who attended participated in cake decorating classes and Bible study while we took care of their children.

Another Activators trip involved leading Vacation Bible School in Chicago. I remember Backyard Bible Clubs in college and other trips, experiences, and projects throughout my life.

I am thankful for the variety of missions experiences I have had and look forward to how God will use me in the future. Every experience was different. Yet, somehow, each one of them was the same. No matter the place, time, or “focus” of a missions opportunity, the true focus remains constant.

Not all missions trips happen in the summer. We aren’t always reaching out to the same age group or people group. We have various expectations and assignments and methods of “doing missions.” Sometimes we get off work to travel to other countries and sometimes we travel to another state. Sometimes we are welcomed, sometimes ignored, sometimes rejected. Some one-day projects take more preparation than long trips. And some “spur of the moment” missions opportunities aren’t planned (by us) at all!

The focus of missions is Jesus. We love people, whether they’re across the world or the cubicle beside us. We minister to them because Jesus pours His love and grace on us. We desire for others to have a relationship with Christ, because Jesus wants to have a relationship with them. Jesus is at the center of everything we do. The only question, really, is whether we will wait for a missions “trip” to live that way.

 

 

Amanda-Grace Schultz holds a master’s degree in theology from Campbellsville University and is passionate about missions education and discipleship.

 

 

 

 

 

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