This past weekend we enjoyed attending Missions Conference at our church. It was good to hear from many of our missionaries and the teams they serve on locally as well as in other countries. It was good to catch up with friends who God has called to serve in other countries and encourage them as they make plans to return. It was good to meet new missionaries and hear how God is using them to build relationships and teach others about him.
I like that many of the missionaries who go through our church are discipling those who God has allowed them to meet and share the gospel with. I also like that that they have programs which they use to help teach and train pastors in the countries they work in, so they can lead and teach their own flocks better.
Have you ever been to a missions conference? Do you personally know one or more missionaries that you pray for? Are you a "missionary"?
One of the ways that our missionaries said we could encourage them them most is to respond to their e-mail newsletters. Just them knowing that someone else read their letter and is praying for them or enjoyed hearing about something in particular they wrote about encourages them that they are not alone.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their tresspasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation."