A recent Barna study found that 51% of churchgoers in the United States do not know what the Great Commission is, and though 25% retain some familiarity with the passage, they cannot recall its exact wording. That leaves just 17% of attendees who can articulate the essence of Jesus’ ultimate command.
Here are two thought-provoking questions to answer today. First, what’s your Global Missions involvement like? Second, have you ever heard of the Pray-Send-Go structure?
During a short-term mission trip to Haiti, high schooler Ally saw for the first time a beautiful display of international ministry where teams were empowering others with sustainable models for physical and spiritual success. She saw people helping others learn to help themselves.
At the CHOOSE JESUS conference in St. Albain, many French youths age 15–25 had the opportunity to engage with God, grapple with significant life issues, and experience camaraderie as people from multiple Charis Alliance church families joined hands to honor Christ.
She had never been on an overseas short-term missions trip before, but after a couple of days in Thailand with her church, Adriana told God, “If becoming a missionary is what you want for me, I’m ready to go.”
Encompass Global Worker Ralph Justiniano has been working with short-term mission teams for several years. Here are three of his challenges for those re-entering the lives they temporarily left.
At Encompass World Partners, we love it when we see local churches creatively celebrate global cultures and actively promote reaching the Nations with the Gospel.
The New Testament tells the gripping story of God establishing his Church. Working for years in Poland to establish and grow the local church, Encompass workers are witnessing a gracious, new chapter of this 2,000-year-old narrative as it continues to unfold.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul encourages the church to pray without ceasing. Really? Without ceasing? What about sleep? What about when I am reading or talking to a friend? I’m not exactly the best multi-tasker. Are we really supposed to pray all the time?