During a project in Mongolia last month, our partner Rob Johnson said:
“God tells us that we are to be His witnesses. Around the world I have found people who follow Jesus that don’t speak the same language but have the same heart and value the same beliefs that I do. I strongly urge you to get out of your comfort zone on go on a mission trip. You will never be the same. International Commission has trips to every area of the world. After a little training on witnessing and the culture, you work alongside church members to share the Gospel. Inside a ger, sharing the love of God with someone who has few possessions and little hope of a better tomorrow as he or she prays to accept Jesus, you see the change in their face. Salvation brings not only a heavenly eternity but an earthly abundant life. In those divine moments when God moves in someone’s life, I have such joy that exceeds my best day at Disneyland.”
“Yesterday 10 new believers in Jesus began a new life with God. This 93 year old woman prayed after her daughter and her grandson. Three generations in one family in one hour changed their eternal destinies and their earthly goals. God does not wish any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
That’s what we’re all about at IC. If you’re ready to join a church-based evangelism project overseas where you’ll work with local believers to visit their neighbors and share the reason for the hope that you have in Christ, go sign up! If you’re ready to go sooner than later, we need more American participants for the Nicaragua project in September:
- Web development: Project participants and donors have found participation with our ministry much easier with the new online forms I created. In the coming weeks, we plan to take that up a notch by deploying our mobile-responsive redesign, project pages, personal profiles, and peer-to-peer fundraising tools. This will make it simpler than ever for people to register for trips and cover their costs.
- I’ve been enjoying a steady stream of reports, stories, and images from projects around the world and have been sharing many of them on social media. A lot of them are too sensitive to share with the public, but they’re awesome. If you’d like to hear a cool story of what God is doing to save and heal people in “hard-to-reach” places, give me a call!
- This month, I’ll begin capturing interviews and testimonies from our staff here and on the field. We’ll use some of these online, but we’re also developing a new presentation to take to churches and universities.
- Our social media channels have dramatically increased our reach to an average of 300 engagements each day. I’m praying that the Lord will use those connections to mobilize people on mission with us. Follow and share what the Lord is doing through I.C. and our partners on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Office geekery:
- Our office staff starts every weekday with a morning devotional and prayer time. In July, I rigged up videoconferencing gear so our “away team” staff can join our devo once a week. I know I say it all the time, but it’s amazing how the technology of our time can be used for Great Commission work. We’ve got to make the most of it.
- I won’t bore you with the details, but we’ve got several data management projects going on at HQ. Pray for us as we learn new systems, migrate data, and work out all the kinks that go along with such.
- Trip: Thanks for praying for guidance as I decide where to go this fall. I’m planning on joining the Ukraine team in October. I’d love for you to join me!
- At Ella’s request, we braved the heat on Saturday to clean up the park in our neighborhood. She hates seeing litter and wanted to make the space nicer for everyone. We love her heart.
- We’ve continued to meet more of our neighbors and are hoping to develop meaningful relationships with them. We think many of them are lost, so please pray for us to know how to love them well. Sidenote: make fun of me all you want, but Pokémon Go made several of those connections happen. The silliest things can be used for the sake of the gospel.
Our home has already been well-blessed by visits from Tennessee friends. We enjoyed hosting Vince Wallace as he stopped through on his photography workshop tour to benefit The Orphan Portrait Project. We also loved having the Dahlbergs stay with us, despite the bout of illness which tried to steal our fun.
- Last Sunday, I attended a volunteer orientation for a local anti-trafficking group. I’m hoping my years of experience with End Slavery Tennessee can be put to use in our new community.
- Thanks for praying about a church home for us. We’re getting involved with RockPointe Church in nearby Flower Mound.
Thanks as always for your support, prayers, and friendship. Please let us know how we can serve or pray for you!