We Work Together

Steve and Jen Hagen

Steve Hagen mobilizes tribal churches in the Philippines to send out missionaries to unreached tribal people groups. He helps organize the churches and teaches them how to send out and support missionaries. He also works with missionaries who have been sent out to ensure they are working strategically and effectively.

To free up Mr. Hagen’s time for the writing and traveling that he does for trainings and meetings, Mrs. Hagen takes care of most of the administrative and organizational responsibilities in their ministry. She regularly keeps their prayer supporters updated and informed about their work. She communicates with and coordinates the work of volunteer teams. And, if a problem arises, she helps Mr. Hagen develop solutions. Additionally, she disciples and counsels women.

Mr. and Mrs. Hagen’s teamwork in their ministry is a beautiful illustration of the way that God gives each of us different gifts and equips us to work with others to fulfill our calling. As I read of the Hagens’ coordinated and shared responsibilities, I thought of the Bible thought that we often express to our preschoolers: We work together (see 1 Cor. 3:9).

As you teach your preschoolers this month, emphasize the way that the Hagens work together. As they see how the Hagens work together to accomplish God’s calling in their lives, preschoolers’ understanding of community and family will be enhanced. Through the Hagens’ ministry, preschoolers can learn

  • God made every one of us special;
  • He has given each of us jobs to do;
  • communities are important because we can work together to tell of God’s love;
  • God made families to love each other and help each other;
  • we need to pray for each other.

Mr. Hagen relates that his favorite Scripture is Hebrews 10:19–25. Verse 24 of this passage says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (NIV1) As you pray for and learn about Mr. and Mrs. Hagen this month, pray that they will encourage one another, and thank God for the ways that their ministry can spur us toward love and good deeds.

1Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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