MUSINGS FROM MIKE
Every time I take a mission trip like Red Bird, or to Honduras, or North Carolina I find some important things happening to me.
I find out that God has filled the world with all kinds of cultures, micro-cultures, and people. Some are living their lives in ways that bring you to your knees in humility, some make you scratch your head.
Those experiences help me to tune in more to God’s whispers and to needs and messages of the people around me.
Perhaps the most important thing that comes out of these trips for me is this: For the rest of my life I cannot think of people from Appalachia and Central America as ‘them’. They are folks with names, lives, failures, and successes and I have met and talked to them and been a part of their world for a time.
I wonder sometimes if God created the church with a similar idea in mind. To see and meet each other and to put a name in place of a ‘them’ label. To learn from and be blessed by each other’s story and discovery of God in our worlds. To join together to make a difference - just like a weekly mission trip.
What is your mission and where has God helped you to put a real person in front of a ‘them’ label.