According to the United Nations international communications agency, more than three billion people currently have access to the internet; that’s not just counting your great aunt Betty, but millions of people who have never met a Christian or heard the gospel.
In the summer of 2015, Abby Horvat was on her way to an internship at the Northstar Alpine Lodge ministry in Matsumoto, Japan. She thought back endearingly to all the answered prayer that brought her to this point and everyone who helped her along the way; those who discipled her missional heart.
I’ve been musing on the apparent tension between global and local mission endeavors during most of my adult life. I was that home-grown kid from the heartland of America that had my world rocked by the opportunity to live into my sent-ness in my early twenties. That was when my wife and I were sent by our church in Ohio to join a disciple-making team in the world-class city of London with Encompass World Partners. All of a sudden my provincial Midwestern upbringing and the values that it represented seemed out of place with a world that needed Jesus. A world I could see from the window of a small flat in the heart of the world’s most ethnically diverse city.
The fall semester has begun. And let's be honest: we're creatures of habit. Where our spirit desires to practice spiritual disciplines and start healthy habits, it's far too easy to spend the first couple weeks coasting, spending far too much time catching up with your friends (or if you're grade-conscious like I was...far too much time organizing your calendar/schedule/syllabi, etc.) and not the time necessary with the Lord. If you desire to grow not only in your relationship with God this semester, but to also keep your heart stirred to the call of disciple-making among the nations, then let me propose a few things to consider.