Waiting For Good News
Laura Blake couldn't wait to tell me what happened to her today. She plopped down right next to me in the lobby of our hotel in the rain forest of Panama just giddy with joy. It was flowing right out of her. For a brief moment, I forgot that I was wet with sweat in this humid plot of Eden. I perked up, too, as she told her tale.
Her mission's team in Panama had gone to a park to hang out and receive assignments from God. That's it. Just thirty teenagers in a public park in the rain forest waiting to see whom God might call them to minister to. God-ordained appointments.
Nothing much was happening. They were frustrated. But they kept praying. Kept waiting. Didn't stop watching.
Then they noticed a family who was watching them from a distance.
It takes courage to walk up to someone and just ask if you can pray for them. Laura did. The family was Christian and eager to see their frail patriarch come to know Christ before he died.
That day, Laura prayed with a ninety-three-year-old grandpa to become a follower of Christ.
Jesus commanded us to "go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15). In response to that, the Bible says that the disciples went out and preached the good news "everywhere."
If you're a disciple of Jesus, you're supposed to be willing to share the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere. You doin' that?
Everywhere is wherever you are that other people may also be. Not just church. In fact, that's probably where you're least needed because unbelievers who need Him most don't generally just pop into church, do they?
From a public park in your neighborhood to the grocery store to your next family gathering, you are encouraged by Jesus to share His Good News. It's supposed to be a daily lifestyle for us, but I've learned that sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone to learn to do it well.
That's why I'm so excited about mission trips and hoping you'll consider taking one. Whether it's with your youth group, your homeschool group, your parents, or joining us on next year's Never The Same Missions event, will you pray about going on a mission trip sometime soon?
If you've been on one and your courage to share the gospel was increased, tell us about it below.
FYI: The Never The Same Again mission's event began nearly twenty years ago under the ministry of Focus on the Family and continues under the ministry of Susie Magazine. The 2013 trip will be in Lima, Peru, and will be led by Susie Shellenberger. Learn more at susiemagazine.com.