Isn't there still too much work to be done locally? Should we not focus all of our efforts to reach and change where we are before we go somewhere else? Is it not irresponsible to take resources away from a country that still needs it to invest it somewhere else?
These are some of the questions that come up when we speak about mission, and more specifically about missions to other countries and in this case other continents.
Answering the call
Answering the call to go to the nations is not one of here or there, but rather both and everywhere in between. When Jesus charged his disciples to go into all nations, He literally had all nations and people groups in mind. During the early years of Christianity some had to respond to take the Gospel to Asia, deeper into Africa etc while where they are being sent from still has work that needs to be done. Everybody is called to go - somewhere. Whether it's your neighbour, your workplace, your community, a township next door, another city or another country - we are all called to go and make disciples.
Answering the call is a matter of obeying Jesus - to go where HE sends you to go. For us as a team going on a short term mission to Berlin, we know we are being sent. We also know that our mission trip is not the answer to Germany, that is why we are working with our Every Nation church in Berlin. They are on the ground, and when we leave, they continue to do the work.
At the same time, all of us going on the mission are also making disciples locally. Whether its on campus, in our community or at our workplace. We are obeying Jesus locally while also obeying Him to go on a mission trans-locally. And I think all of us should pray about joining a short term mission to somewhere!
A light in the darkness
Throughout history Europe has been a sending station for missionaries into the rest of the world. Somewhere along the line people and churches have moved away from a personal relationship with Jesus and into organised religion - which is dead. The result of this is that Europe is filled with empty churches and cathedrals seen as icons of history - no so much icons of a living God. Young people have turned away from faith and in large parts Christianity (the way they see it) as it does not offer them much the world cannot offer in abundance.
God has been stirring in the hearts of so many people around the world to take the light of the Gospel into the spiritual darkness. To awaken the seeds that have become dormant and through the power of the Spirit of God to raise to life that which is dead. We believe this is a time for the people in Europe to encounter the life-giving power of God through Jesus and the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit. As they encounter Jesus and the life that HE gives, the shackles and lies of dead religion will be broken and we will see a harvest of people and specifically young people coming into the Kingdom of God.
That is why we are going in this tenday mission trip - to be part of taking the light of Jesus back into Europe.