This time last weekend, these lovely people were together in Miami.
We left Friday 9am, returned Sunday 6pm. Our mission for the weekend was to serve two ministry partners, City Church and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.
Friday afternoon Pastor Tommy gave us a tour of City Church’s facility, where we prayed for them and their work before heading over to Miracle Mile to engage the community to introduce people to this new church opportunity in their neighborhood.
Saturday we spent most of the day at the Miami campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes where we provided lunch, talked with the house parents and kids, and assisted in cleaning up. What a memorable visit!
Here are a few of our takeaways from this weekend mission trip to minister to our southern Floridians:
- They are open to an invitation to church
- They recognize how impactful faith can be in their lives
- Having a pastor who is committed to making roots in a community is needed and has potential for long-term impact
- Churches of all languages are needed in South Florida
- We have an obligation to continue to embrace foster children and those ministering to them
- Immediate response to a spoken need goes a long way in showing you heard them, you are for them, and so is God
We see you, Miami!
Our team that went to Jordan had a life-impacting journey. Here is one member’s note about his journey.
On my first Syrian refugee home visit, I choked back tears as I listened to heart- wrenching stories of their lives. I began to wonder how I would make it through the next 10 days. I wondered if my being there was a mistake. Then God began to show me hope! These people who have no material possessions have everything in Jesus Christ. They have faith that I can only pray to have someday. That faith, that God is in control, gives them hope for tomorrow and a better life.
I went to Jordan to be a blessing, but as God would have it I was blessed. Truly a humbling experience that I am grateful for.
Mission trips usually contain firsts. In the last 48 hours, I’ve had a couple.
- Yesterday I led a relay game for kids ages 4-9 carrying eggs on a spoon.
- Today I was asked to share in a session on marriage with 11 couples at Rahwa Baptist.
Have your “yes” ready, even for firsts.
(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9 HCSB)
Many people groups have no voice today. These verses describe them as dispossessed, oppressed, and needy. What groups come to mind when you read those descriptions?
Dispossessed groups certainly include the unfathomable amount of refugees around the globe. To be even more specific, this description includes the staggering number of children dispossessed around the world for a myriad of reasons. Speaking up for such groups can take on various forms. If you’re wondering how to do it, here are a few suggestions:
- Follow social media to stay informed. Two suggestions include @WorldVision and @Samaritan’sPurse.
- Share news to raise awareness and to encourage prayer and support. Go beyond following by sharing and creating dialogue.
- Support efforts financially. You can sponsor a child through monthly gifts or give to trustworthy organizations giving these groups a voice.
- Consider a short-term missions trip to put hands to your voice. Who says vacation can’t be about speaking up for the voiceless?
- Consider getting more involved in the future with a second career or during retirement. A full lifer has much to offer to the growing lifer.