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Selflessness Continues!

The cards keep coming in. Expressions of love and sympathy flood the post, as selflessness continues to console and bless. The heartfelt sentiments, the verses of prayer —each message is another reminder of God’s never-ending faithfulness!

There, in the midst of the stacks, are sweet, comforting words from friends like Donna Kirby— each among numerous, other souls. Hands that have lovingly composed words of sympathy, and words arriving at just the right time.

Selfless acts of love. A first-class stamp representing the heart of God reaching outward to serve a grieving daughter and her family.

Thank you, friends, for reflecting our Father’s love. Thank you for pausing to sacrifice your time, and for taking up your cross and following Jesus.

Your selfless acts of love will never be forgotten.

 

Joanie Ballard will be forever grateful for her earthly father’s legacy of selfless living! 

 

 

 

 

Thousands Helped in Haiti

Ten thousand people, farmland, animals, missions, schools: all of these have been positively affected by just one Pure Water, Pure LoveSM project in the Haitian city of Gonaives. In a country ravaged by natural disasters, deforestation, and poverty, thousands now have access to clean, safe water, and it’s changing lives.

Grow One by One

I’ll never forget my first invitation to be a part of my church’s Women on Mission group. I was a young mother at the time and remember picking up my daughter from the nursery one Sunday following the worship service. Once our family returned home and I was going through the diaper bag, I noticed a diaper in the bag that did not belong to my daughter. Someone had written on the diaper just as you would write out an invitation to a party or gathering. The invitation was to the Women on Mission meeting for the following night.

I had wanted to get involved with that group and having that very unique invitation was just what I needed. I became a part of that missions group and never looked back.

Serve Others

Missionaries are some of the most selfless people in the world. Many leave their comfort zone, their homes, and families to serve God and others. Missionaries give selflessly of themselves.

Their happiness is truly lasting. A selfless person will attract takers and sometimes will be unappreciated. Boundaries must clearly be set. The world may seek the advice of a selfless person and then ignore it. In order to be selfless, whole-hearted and genuine, we must take care of ourselves first in order to give our best self to others.

However, being selfless does not have to mean being a doormat. Stand on the Word of God. The Christian life is not about self-promotion; it is about self-denial.

God didn’t add another day in our life because we needed it, He added it because someone out there needs us.        

 

 

How Children Can Come to Christ Through Missions Organizations

Many of the children that come to our church on Wednesday nights do not go to any church on Sundays. Our Wednesday night program might be the only time these children hear the gospel. We reach out to their families, but some of the parents will not come. How do we tell these children about Jesus while telling them about the missionaries, teaching them the lesson, and working on different projects?

Here are a few suggestions I have used.

Co-Teach and Multiply

Plan together

As spring winds down and summer rolls in, I always begin thinking about our upcoming year in Mission Friends. Who will my new preschoolers be this fall? How much will they already know about missionaries? Will we need to start at the very beginning? Will they know how to interact with one another? What behavior issues will we face? And . . . WHO is going to help me teach?

For many years, I taught solo. We are learning, however, that bringing in co-teachers is a wonderful way to multiply your organizations. Pairing novice teachers with veteran teachers gives the novice an opportunity to observe and learn tried-and-true methods. It gives veteran teachers the opportunity to learn new methods. And, it gives your church a proven training method for developing new leaders.

So how does co-teaching work? Communication is key as you:

In the Wings

As the world jockeys for position at center stage, Christ followers are answering the call to serve in the wings of life. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34 NIV).

Selfless service requires self-denial, followed by missional action. My friend, retired IMB Missionary, Donna Kirby, displays this kind of lifestyle.

Serving in Hong Kong for over 35 years as a teacher and church planter, Donna’s passion for God and His people has followed her across continents and throughout communities.

Retirement is absent from Donna’s vocabulary, as she loves and leads in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) ministry at Fayetteville First. Selflessness exudes from this petite, 5 ft. frame as she engages in lessons and Bible studies.

Yes, the wings of life are brighter because Donna Kirby has answered God’s call!

Joanie Ballard is blessed by Christ-followers like Donna Kirby who inspire her to keep serving.

 

5 Reasons Why I Am a GA Leader

Ocean View Baptist Church GA
  1. I prayed: Please provide a new GA leader to provide missions education for our girls. The answer was: You do it. I became a Girls in Action® leader then, and I am a still a leader now, because You do it still echoes in my head and my heart.
  2. Jesus said  “Let the children come to me... ” in Mark 10:14. GA® is the best way to “let the children come to Him”—to hear His love for the world and His desire for all to believe in Him. GA takes girls outside the church to recognize physical and spiritual needs and to do missions that shows the love of Jesus and tells the gospel story.
  3. Through GA JourneyTM, girls created missionary prayer cubes. Suggestions were made for prayer needs to be written on each side. Following safety and health prayer suggestions, one GA announced praying for lost people to be saved is the most important prayer need. They get it!

Confront When Necessary

So the question is “What is the most important thing you have learned about confrontation as a leader?” The answer is that it is necessary.

I don’t know of anyone who enjoys confrontation. In fact, I can name many who avoid it like the plague. Why? Confronting someone is never comfortable. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. As a leader, I sometimes find myself in a situation in which confrontation is necessary, but it doesn’t need to be mean-spirited.

In John 15, we are commanded to love one another just as Christ has loved us. Confronting someone in love is what we are to do. What I find more times than not is that once I confront someone and really listen to what he or she has to say, I learn that there has been a misunderstanding or there is more to the situation that merits seeing another perspective. The situation is oftentimes not nearly as difficult as I might think it is as I play it out in my mind.

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

There are many ways to be a selfless servant in our communities and around the world. People are hurting and are in need of a loving Savior. Disaster relief is a good way to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we approach the season of storms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Perhaps your church could serve as a shelter or feeding center.

Hunger is another prevalent problem in our society. Try keeping food packets (granola bars, beef jerky, etc.) in the glove compartment of your car to give to someone in need. Provide a meal to school teachers during teacher preparation week. Provide a meal and/or hold a special service to recognize local fire, police and EMT personnel.

The challenge is to develop a strategic plan to spread the Gospel while we are ministering in our communities.

**Photo credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com  

 

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