Part of partnering with other followers of Christ as we seek to go out to the nations is learning to communicate who we are. Yet, perhaps strangely, this is complicated by the fact that understanding WHO WE ARE is a difficult task! Learning to narrow it down and communicate it clearly even more so. Yet, we are beginning to see that this is crucial!
So, we’d like to take a moment to talk about who we are.
We are followers of Jesus sharing the Good News and our lives with the unreached
We don’t want to just leave it at that, though! We’d like to briefly unpack that, so that you can better understand our hearts.
Followers of Jesus
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing the will of God.”
Our lives have been transformed completely and permanently by Jesus. He has personally touched our lives, forgiven our sins, and drawn us out of darkness and into His light. He has given us identity and purpose as His children. We long to live lives of obedience rooted in faith which we have found as a result of our relationship with Him. This plays out in our lives specifically as we seek to do the will of God by once more answering his call to leave our home and go to those who have never heard the Good News.
Sharing the Good News and our lives
In First Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul writes, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.”
We believe that telling others about who Jesus is and what he has done in our lives means doing so in both our words and our actions. We learned so much from our time in Africa, especially how we have been called to give of ourselves, in service and sacrifice. It sounds nice, but the reality is that it is often messy and difficult. Learning another language is hard work! Yet, we believe that His love is reflected most brightly when we share not only words, but our lives as well.
With the Unreached
It seems like the idea of “going to the unreached” has begun to receive widespread attention in recent years. Yet, what is the big deal? Aren’t there unreached people right here in America?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
When we talk about the unreached, we are talking about people who have little or NO opportunity to come across another person who loves Jesus. There are many who have not heard the Good News of Jesus here in America, just as there are many who have not heard of Jesus in Japan. Yet, the difference is availability. How many churches do we drive past every day on our way to work? Yet, there are many in the world who will NEVER meet another follower of Jesus. They will have no chance of hearing the Good News that Jesus longs to bring them into reconciliation and relationship, even if they are open to it!
We want to bring the pleasing aroma of Jesus to those who would never have that chance to experience Him otherwise . (2 Corinthians 2:15).