First Methodist has a long commitment to global mission. Matthew 5:13-16 says that we are called to be salt and light to the world around us, a call that we take very seriously at First. We live out this call through five actions: Pray, Mobilize, Go, Send, and Welcome. Can you see yourself in mission?
Oswald Chambers once wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Prayer is essential to the work of God throughout the world. Prayer is a true ministry, and our Faith Promise missionaries, as well as many other workers, depend on the prayers of the believers to life them before the throne.
Mobilizers stir other Christians to active concern for reaching the world. Think about how you learned of missions. Did someone invite you to an event or encourage you to take a mission course or go on a short-term mission? It takes all of us to spread God’s glory to the nations and it takes those of us willing to “light the fire” to encourage others to get involved.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jersalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of ht earth.” Acts 1:8 Some people are called to long-term service to go into all the world and spread the Gospel. Others may be called to go on short-term missions. Both are valid ways to “go.” There are many options for long-term and short-term missions.
“And how can they preach unless they are sent?” When you hear the word “send,” you think of financially supporting missions, and although financial support is part of sending, there are other ways to send that are important as well. The faithful care and encouragement from those sending the missionaries is a vital role.
The United States has been called the “melting pot of the world.” What better opportunity to welcome others into the body of Christ? We have many opportunities in our own community to welcome others.