Thank you for your prayers this week for our Egypt missions team. As you know, we are sending an outstanding group of men next week to work with our new ministry partner, TC Egypt. Because of your generosity, our church is building a new ministry campus in the city of Fayoum. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress firsthand, and I can’t wait to watch God work through these nine men to help expand His kingdom in the Middle East. We will certainly have plenty to report on when we return.
While I am excited to go, I also humbly realize that not everyone gets to go. As is the case for any international mission trip, not everyone in a church gets to step foot on to the departing airplane. We all face various limitations that can keep us from going. Some of us have work and family obligations, while others may have financial constraints. Some have physical conditions and ailments that limit their travel. The reality is we cannot all go on this mission trip, but the Bible says we can all go live our lives on mission this week.
Paul says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Every son and daughter of God is called an “ambassador.” We live our lives every day on a mission for the King of kings. He speaks through us (John 14:26), He accomplishes His purposes in us (Romans 10:14-15), and He has specific assignments for each of us (Ephesians 2:10). We are surrounded by people every day in Austin, Texas who need to experience the hope and love of Jesus Christ. That is why He has commissioned you as His ambassador.
I encourage you to live on mission this week. Pray for the lost around you. Pray by name, and pray that God will soften their hearts and draw them to himself (John 6:44). Connect with the lost around you. Build relationships with them and look for a moment to share the hope that you have living inside of you (1 Peter 3:15). Invite them to church. So many people would consider attending a church if they simply received a personal invitation. God has given us a huge ministry field right here in our city. Live your life on mission this week knowing that Jesus has already promised a harvest.
Onward and upward,