Several people have mentioned to me that theydon't understand why I have chosen to serve in the type of ministry such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Support raised ministries, especially in this economy and even more in Detroit, MI just don't make sense to us. But God has led me to this ministry and He has chosen the time and place I am going to serve.
Some friends have stated, "Why don't you just find a "paid position" at a church? It is true that money is one element necessary for ministry and in our day and age, ministry is understood to be more of a "job" with pay, benefits, vacation etc... That is all good and fine for pastor's to be supported in that way and is a great and wonderful blessing to them and their families, as they can focus more on serving their people and the community and not worry about finances... hopefully. However, ministry is also a "call" to go and make disciples of all nations. Missionaries go to unestablished regions to share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus. Is it not better to share the gospel without asking for money in that circumstance? The Apostle Paul took this attitude. He called on the established churches to support his missions, so that he didn't burden the new converts. The love of money is the source of all kinds of evil. People are suspicious when it's (gospel + money), especially when they are burdened financially already. The gospel is already paid for - Jesus lived it and gave his life as a ransom of all of us! The call is to share this good news with them.
As Isaiah wrote, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" My response, "Here I am. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8-9). "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." (Matthew 9:35-38). As I have been on campuses occasionally, I see a hunger in people to know the true God and Savior. I want to go and share with them! I am eager to start ministering full time to them. Yet I do need financial support to be able to go to them! The "going" to them is key. Today many churches expect people to "come." Churches set their bait and lures and try to draw some to their little boat or big boat, whatever the case may be. I want to dive right in with them, swim with them, build relationships with them, love them. Then the other fish will follow in a school of fish and we will all swim among the fish who are out on their own, who potentially are lunch for a shark or larger fish. Okay, this analogy may be a little weak, but I hope you see my point. There is a fire, an urgent passion in my bones to go and share Christ with students on these campuses... and I need the church (body of believers) to do their part. The eye can do nothing on its own, the mouth cannot speak on its own... we need each other.
My prayer - that the Lord would use his church to support me and other missionaries across the world to do what they are called to do: share the gospel of Christ boldly, in love. There is NO other salvation but in Jesus. Do you believe it?
The work I do is produced by faith. My labor is prompted by love.
My endurance is inspired by my hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 1:3).
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