When God called me to be a pastor, he did so by first calling me to the mission field. I spent the first two years of my ministry as a church planter among Muslims overseas. God never relinquished that call to missions; he showed me that my role in it is to be a part of a church that sends and supplies the mission field in extravagant ways.
In light of that calling, the elders at the Summit have extended an opportunity for me to go with my family and live with some of our church planters—in South Africa, then in Central Asia—for a few weeks this summer. This is a special opportunity for us to spend some time on the “front lines,” allowing us not only to encourage our teams there, but to renew my own passion for missions, and to spend some focused time with my kids sharing this passion with them.
This past weekend, just as we often do at our weekend services, some of our leaders prayed for me and officially sent me out. Would you join with them and pray for me and my family as we prepare for this trip?
Pray that God would refresh and renew my passion for missions, that he would use us to lift up the arms of our missionaries, and that he would use this trip as a catalyst to reach our goal of planting 1,000 churches in our generation!