:: 03/25/2015 - 8:36pm ::

I said yes to chaperoning a World Changers mission trip and no to my fears. It was a great week!

I said yes to sleeping on the floor and no to worrying about it. The first night, the air mattress felt like a touch of heaven it was so comfortable. I thanked the Lord for my bed.

I said yes to God’s power and no to concerns about lacking endurance. The first days were spent in an elderly woman’s home visiting with her and cleaning. Later in the week, my faith was tested while painting the ceiling of a porch. I worked on it for hours. It wasn’t until the next day that I realized my arms weren’t even tired!

With summer approaching, check out the mission trips your church will be taking or look for mission opportunities through the North American Mission Board. Pray about how God wants you to say yes, whether it’s to give, pray, or go.

We don’t have to worry about our fears or limitations. God can use us wherever we serve. He can make a difference in our life and someone else’s life!

Gail Veale writes in New Hill, North Carolina.

:: 03/23/2015 - 1:46pm ::

Where do your next-door neighbors go to church? Are they Christians? What about your hairdresser? The sales associate at the store you shop at every week? The women in your quilting club? Are they Christians? Each of us has people we do life with who may not know the most important thing about us. We probably share family news, community news, and all the other parts of life, but are we sharing Christ?

The Great Commission does not have qualifiers. It does not say, “Go if you went to seminary . . .” or “Go if you are a minister . . . .” Excuses not to share are easy to find, but feeling awkward about sharing Christ does not mean much when we consider the weight of someone’s eternity.

Spend time praying for boldness to tell, eyes to be opened to opportunities, and the words to speak that will passionately share Christ’s love. Step out in faith. When we open our mouths to share, God is faithful. Be amazed at what happens!

Deb Douglas lives and shares life in Bossier City, Louisiana.

:: 03/18/2015 - 7:24am ::

When you look outside the doors of your church, what do you see? I saw a fire station.

An article in Missions Mosaic almost 10 years ago led me to take a look to see where God could work.

So a group of women prayed. We met with the fire chief and began taking the firefighters monthly treats with church information and a gospel tract. The men and women enjoyed our visits, appreciative of our care and dedication.

After our family moved, we attended a church with an elementary school nearby. We prayed and then met with the school counselor, and church members began tutoring the students. The ministry grew to include prayerwalking the night before the first day of school, collecting school supplies, and providing new underwear and gently used shorts and sweatpants for incidental needs.

Those we serve may not attend our church now, but if a crisis comes or a need arises, God can remind them of our love and commitment, leading them to our door.

Look and see who is near your church. Step outside, reaching out wherever God places you.

Gail Veale writes in New Hill, North Carolina. 

:: 03/16/2015 - 7:17am ::

For the past week, the women of our church experienced a mission adventure in reverse! Rather than a small group going to Alaska on a mission trip as we have done in the past, 2 church planters came to us. Hosting these women was a perfect chance to spoil them, but it also gave churchwomen who could never go on a mission trip the opportunity to hear what life is like in an evangelistic frontier.

The church planters met with small groups of women answering questions about life in a church plant. By the time the church planters boarded the flight back to the cold north, the desire to be a part of missions had been heated up in our women!

Spoiling the church planters was fun! Braving the frontier is a hard life. By encouraging the church planters, we are investing in the future of the ministry in Alaska. We are giving them the courage to serve in bold ways.

This year, we said no to a mission trip and yes to a reverse mission trip. Plans are already in the works for another reverse mission adventure. Try one!

Deb Douglas, minister to women at First Baptist Church, Bossier City, Louisiana, has fallen in love with the Alaska church plants!

:: 03/11/2015 - 7:22am ::

Inspire—My husband and I had just moved into our new home. We tried to reflect Christ to those working on our house. We hoped to inspire them to seek Jesus by our actions of love by providing snacks and Bibles and affirming them and their work. 

Only in eternity will you know the impact you’ve made on someone’s life.

Invite—The cashier took the business card with our church’s information and smiled. She responded to my invitation with, “Thank you; I just might!”

I’ve heard it takes more than 20 contacts to lead someone to the Lord. This may have been the first time or the last before she believes! Keep being faithful, inviting, and sharing Jesus’ love and leave the results to Him.

Involve—It’s messy to get involved in people’s lives. Many are struggling. When we develop a relationship, we may get more information than we want to hear. But God knows and will use us to minister as we share Jesus’ love. He is able to change lives and circumstances! 

Gail Veale writes in New Hill, North Carolina.

:: 03/09/2015 - 7:38am ::

“Check yes if you will be my boyfriend.” Remember those school days when checking yes or no was as complicated as life got? As we mature, making choices becomes more challenging.

Saying no to good things allows us to say yes to the God thing. It’s the thing that lets us sleep at night and draws us closer as we follow Christ. Whether it is choosing between using vacation days for yet another beach trip or going on a mission trip or choosing to make giving a priority, the choice is seldom easy. Being missional is more intentional than easy!

In a fairy-tale world, when we say yes, everything goes smoothly; we live happily ever after. In the real world, when we say yes, we still have to face hard things and work hard. But the rewards are there.

When we say no, we lose the chance to see how God can work through us, how He can make the hard times into moments we will cherish forever and never forget. When we say no, life remains ordinary, but when we say yes, things get adventurous! We step from our control into His. Say yes with faith and expectation!

Deb Douglas says yes to any mission adventure in Bossier City, Louisiana!

:: 03/04/2015 - 8:35am ::

Easter is a time of joy and giving. And when you give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, 100% of the money goes to support our North American missionaries and their ministries.

This Easter can also be a time of learning. Learn more about the woman the offering honors on AnnieArmstrong.com or namb.net or from materials available at wmustore.com. Read about her at the dinner table and act out a scene from her life. Your giving will increase when you understand her passion.

Decide to give a percentage of any unexpected money you receive in March to the offering. We did this one year and were surprised with money made selling some forgotten vested stock, money received helping my mother-in-law with some chores, an early payment for an article I had written, and a refund for overpayment of a bill.

Decorate a can or basket with pictures of the week of prayer missionaries to collect your change. Make this a family time of celebration and prayer. God is working in North America!

If we’re passionate about giving, God will bless. He multiplies our efforts and furthers His kingdom at the same time!

Gail Veale writes in New Hill, North Carolina.

:: 03/02/2015 - 10:14am ::

Putting off until tomorrow giving to missions offerings such as the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® is a seductive temptation for families. First world living means there is always an excuse ready to be used: “It’s the beginning of baseball season and the children need new equipment.” “Easter clothes are expensive.” “Saving for a family vacation is a top priority.”

How do we encourage families to say yes to missions giving? Our response has to begin with prayer for guidance. One year, my church’s answer was a dress-down Easter. We encouraged families to wear jeans and T-shirts for that Sunday. The money saved on buying new Easter clothes was turned into an offering. People wearing jeans were celebrated and received free coffee and doughnuts and family photographs.

Because each family member was impacted, it became a learning opportunity for families to talk about what part priorities play in missions. Those who participated will always remember the Easter they wore jeans instead of Easter finery!

Deb Douglas wears jeans every Sunday now at First Baptist Church, Bossier City, Louisiana.

:: 02/25/2015 - 9:05am ::

Lord, I really want to be bold in sharing my faith, but it is so hard.

When we took a group of GAs to a park to serve food on a Saturday morning, I was able to pray with a homeless woman. I felt so affirmed in reaching out as we cried together; I want to feel that way again.

Just for today, I’m asking You to put someone in my path who needs You. Help me recognize my opportunity and share my faith in just the right way so the person would feel the need to ask You to be his or her Savior.

Just for today, help me live so my words and actions would help others want to know You. Help me avoid being angry when things don’t go my way. I know once I say an unkind word, it can’t really be called back even if I apologize. Help me speak out for You with kindness and caring. Make me bold in my testimony, Lord, so I can bring someone to You.

Kay Rollings writes from Irmo, South Carolina, where she enjoys projects to help the Honduras mission team.

:: 02/23/2015 - 8:26am ::

Looking back at my life, I see God’s plan a little more clearly. He took a fearful, fledgling new believer and placed godly people in her life. They selflessly gave her what God had given them. It wasn’t rocket science. It wasn’t deep theology. It was life lived for God and it was beautiful.

Today I have the privilege of walking in their footsteps by equipping volunteers to serve God at The Next Door in Nashville. Men, women, and children learn that they can make a difference in someone’s life in their community.

Volunteers express the love of Christ by bringing the respect from the community into the brokenness of life. They bring encouragement, hope for a better future, and a release from the past. They bring Jesus and He gives new life. New life for old—that’s a great exchange!

I am grateful for the people who helped me exchange my old life for the new and vibrant life God had planned for me. What about you?

Watching God’s transforming work makes Lucretia Mobbs’s heart sing. 

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