Heart for the Nations-Bry

Hi! 🙂 Happy Thursday! Thank you for being here today! I wanted to take the time to thank all of you who came to Chapel’s CD Release party last night, we had a blast, and we’re glad that you were there to celebrate such a fun time. This week, I am going to be talking about something very close to mine and Lacey’s heart: missions.

Our worlds were rocked when we realized that God was calling us to do something that seemed impossible. We were scared and in shock. We’ve cried, laughed, and just taken the reality of a missions calling head-on. I won’t ever forget the day I realized God called me to overseas missions. Lacey and I were at our church’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party, and I was packing away thinking about the boys and girls that would receive these boxes when I heard God say, “Go to these people.” I did a double take, turning around to look for who said it when I realized in my heart that this was what I was supposed to do with my life. I was to go to these people whether Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, etc.. I was to follow God to the ends of the Earth spreading the good news to people who don’t have access to it.

Of the 7.38 BILLION people living in the world, 3.11 BILLION are living without access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This doesn’t include the people who have access to the Gospel through internet, Bibles, other books, or friends that have turned away the good news of Christ to either deny the existence of a God all together or follows another false god. Unreached people groups spread all across the world. These people are living in a darkness that is consuming, but we have an all consuming fire to light their lives and give them hope for a future. 42.1% of the Earth’s population is living in darkness, and still no-one is going to these people.

Many of these countries aren’t even “closed countries” which means that the government has closed the borders to Christian missionaries. Many Christians brave these closed countries to share the Word of God and sometimes they are caught, persecuted, sent away, or even killed. This is the scary life of a missionary entering countries that are violent toward Christians. They know that any day they could be talking to a government spy or someone else who would turn them in to the government and have them sent out of their country or be killed. With the scary truth of what could happen to them if they go overseas to a non-Christian country or an unreached country to share God’s word, most Christian missionaries will tell you that it was without a doubt worth all the possibilities of persecution or even the persecution they may have received.

Christian missionaries are some of the most fearless individuals to walk the Earth. They enter dangerous countries and other situations to spread the word of God. They impact the lives of people all around the world from the US all the way to Russia. They build houses, teach children, lead worship, take pictures, teach English, plant churches, preach, and more. They do it all. They’re people with families overseas. They raise their children in huts if need be. They live among dangerous people and expose their children to a harsh lifestyle. They drop the limiting chains of racism and sexism to teach these people about Christ. They leave their friends and families to move to an uncomfortable place. They leave their beds at home to sleep on a cot or a dirt floor in a house made of logs and sticks. They do these things all for the sake of people to know Christ.

Do all missionaries move to Africa and live on dirt floors? No, some of them are here in the United States living in apartments and preaching at small churches, reaching small inner city communities by reaching out to the youth of that community. They preach at small churches or they teach high school in big cities. They learn how to maneuver Christ into their lesson plans without being blunt. They challenge the young minds of high school students and challenge them to be better people. They’re nurses in our local hospitals and doctors in our small town clinics. They are our youth ministers and our worship leaders, they’re our parents and our friends. We see them everyday and we may not realize that they’re being missionaries in our own lives. Take a moment to think about who a missionary in your life is. Next time you see them, take some time to thank them. They’ll appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

I hope that one day I can be apart of this important ministry of missions. It is so powerful, and even though I feel called to Africa, I hope that even now I am being a missionary to everyone in my life. I hope that I am a good friend, worship leader, and family member. I hope that when people look at me they see Christ in my life. I hope that every decision I make reflects him in every way. I know that Lacey feels the same way about all of this.

 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

“Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.'” Isaiah 6:8

Once again, I wanted to thank you for reading this today. Say a prayer for me, as I will be having my wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow morning. I am very nervous about this, but I know that everything is going to be okay. I hope that all of you who were able to attend Chapel’s CD Release Party last night enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you all for coming! Thank you for your continued support of this blog and everything associated with it. I hope that you will all continue to follow us and tell your friends about us! Big things are in store for our blog this year, stay tuned in to find out more! ❤

 

Be His Hands and Feet

Bry ❤

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