Having shared with you last time of a change to our global staff, it is time for you to learn more about my colleague Teddy Haubner. The post below is from him and it will give you insight to his heart and motivation for global ministry. As he has learned quickly about our global partners’ work around the world, future posts of Global Notes will be divided between the two of us.
Continue to pray for our global partners as they each are faced with the same issue of covid19 that we are, affecting their everyday life and ministry. Remember particularly the vulnerable populations in crowded and under-resourced environments. We will bring updates on them soon.
After growing up as a missionary kid, having parents on the mission field for 51 years, plus working as a Pastor myself for the last 20 years, as well as leading multiple mission trips, I appreciate and understand the impact of what missions can do to an individual’s faith.
When we become selfless, with the purpose of reaching out and making a difference in a life that is not our own, we “Serve”. Many may actually recognize and associate this description as “Missions”. Sadly, our present culture has redefined the word missions as just a trip or an isolated week of helping others. Serving, though, isn’t just something we complete, especially not just in a week. It is something that we can do daily and persistently. More importantly, serving is something that our life can become.
As we focus on how “Serve” emphasizes humility and setting aside ourselves for the sake of others, people may capture that mindset. We want the isolated idea of missions to be converted into a lifestyle of service. Our desire is to ignite passion and purpose to live a sacrificial life.
Mark 10:45 states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In this day and age, we have a plethora of choices, ranging from mundane to extraordinary. No matter the options, there is generally some degree of competition or struggle to assure that the absolute best decision is made. We seem to wish to have and be the best of the best. That is my wish and goal as well. I want our ministry to not only be the best, but I also want it to be a connection to resources that meet the needs of those we serve.