keeping a broad vision
Even missionaries have the propensity to become “self-centered” in their ministry, i.e. hyper-focused on their “Jerusalem.” We consistently ask God to help us to maintain a broad vision for world missions, to help us to be faithful in prayer for laborers, and for what God is doing in other parts of the world. Thus, we covet opportunities to also serve outside of “our (current) Jerusalem.” Beau was privileged to record a teaching/training video for new BBFI missionaries, and also happily participated in a BBFI meeting in which he was asked to offer a “missionary’s perspective” concerning topics on the agenda. We participated in 2 missions conferences via video/zoom. On a short trip to England, Beau was able to visit pastors, missionaries, and friends from his time as a short-term missionary there in 2004-2005. We have hosted several missionary speakers in our own church this year, and have added two missionaries for monthly support. This is missions coming full circle, when your missionary churches begin to support missionaries.
Finally, last month we hosted BBFI’s Iberian Peninsula retreat in the southern part of Portugal. Our sending pastor was the speaker and volunteers from our sending church as well as missionary interns from another supporting church worked with the kids. It was a week of “lifting up tired hands” (Hebrews 12) as we shared in one another’s burdens and focused our minds on Christ through the Word and worship.
A lady we have been working with attempted suicide twice in October, supposing ending her life would be better than suffering through her marital struggles. They had been living separately and had filed for divorce, but after meeting with us weekly for several months, and by God’s grace and the study of His Word, their marriage has been restored. She shared at ladies’ Bible study on Saturday how God let her get to the bottom of the pit so she would stop trying to solve her problems on her own and turn to Him. And what she interpreted as God’s abandonment was actually His grace and work in her life.