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      8 Ways To Make Missions Part of Your Life

      8 WAYS TOMAKE MISSIONS PART OF YOUR LIFE

      A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

      Mahatma Gandhi

      I’m on a mission!

      Are you on a mission?

      What’s your mission?

      I’m on a mission to help others STRETCH.  I’m on a mission to glorify God.  And I’m on a mission to point others to Christ.  I have a lot of missions in my life.

      A mission is a job or task that we have to do.

      If you call yourself a Christ-follower, you are on a mission whether you realize it or not.  We are tasked by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20:

      “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

      You are a missionary!

      Now what?

      How do we make missions part of our lives?

      The missionary journey that I am on will most likely look a little different from your missionary journey.  We have different gifts and passions which will cause us to serve others from a unique perspective.  If you are struggling to make missions part of your life, today’s post will get you started.

      8 Ways To Make Missions Part Of Your Life

      1. Get to know other missionaries.  Thanks to the internet, you can plug into missionaries all over the world.  Take time to connect with one or two of these missionaries and learn more about their story and their ministry.
      2. Find ways to serve in your own community.  You don’t have to go overseas to be on mission.  Their are needs right in your own community.  If you’re afraid to go alone, grab a friend and go serve at a local food pantry, shelter, or nursing home.  Serving others in your community is such a great way to share the message of your mission.
      3. Learn to define missions differently.  When people think of missions, they often think of someone going to Africa or another foreign country.  They put missions in a box.  Learn to be creative in how you serve others.  Being on a mission starts through your conversations and actions with those where you work and live.
      4. Make missions part of your schedule.  If you aren’t intentional, you will overlook missions opportunities.  Our family serves with our H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) group twice a month.  We also have a date on our calendar for returning to Guatemala this summer.
      5. Go somewhere foreign.  I am often asked this question: “Why do you go overseas when there are needs right in our own country and community.”  For one, the Great Commission instructs us to go into ALL nations.  Secondly, a believe a foreign mission trip or missionary journey can actually alter our perspective when we return home.  A foreign missions trip can be a catalyst for creating a mission mindset at home.  If you live in the country or suburbs, go into the inner-city to serve.  If you live in the city, go into the country to serve.  Serving in different places opens are eyes to the needs in and around us throughout the world and close to home.
      6. Give.  Don’t underestimate the value and importance of giving when it comes to missions.  If you want to make missions part of your life, find a way to give your time, your money, your gifts, and your other resources.
      7. Pray.  Ask God to show you how to make missions part of your life.  Ask God to work through the missionaries and ministries on your radar.  Prayer is an effective way to make missions part of your life.
      8. Share.  Your story is powerful.  Share your story of missions with others.  You will inspire others to make missions part of their life when you tell your missions story.  This year, my family will be heading back to Guatemala for two weeks to serve in the village of Xenacoj.  You can be certain, I’ll be sharing more about this trip right here.

      How have you made missions part of your life?  Share your thoughts in the comments.