Yeah, I'll keep it real - the last few days I have not kept up my end of the time commitment. I have done my reading and some praying, but I don't feel condemned because I'm learning how to make this prayer and abiding time happening throughout the day, every day.
Honestly, to get a full picture of what today's devotional covered, you just have to get the book and work through it. As I was reading this morning, I didn't realize yesterday had a part two and so many parts of it stood out to me, especially when the author talked about Green Martyrdom. And it has challenged and encouraged me in my philosophy of missions. Much of what I share today is directly from the book because the way Dick Brogden puts it into words is simply profound, he put to paper and words what I believe but in a very prolific way.
Green refers to the Irish and how they innovated evangelism with missional monasteries where ever they went. These were established to take the gospel to the world by interaction. This was the Celtic way of evangelism. As a team, the Irish would welcome the lost to BELONG before they asked for a change in BELIEF. The Romans - and most of us today - do it the other way around. OUCH!!!! We present the truth but make no provision for community and we create no space for belonging. But we must never sacrifice the urgency of proclamation.
I have been having the conversation so much lately with many different friends about transition. We all feel that 2012 is a very of transition. I say this because in this chapter he challenges us with this: "Are you sure that God wants you to keep doing what you are doing? For most of you, He probably does. Your calling is radical obedience for the glory of Christ right where you are. But for many of you...God wants to loosen your roots and plant you in another place."
We cannot compare our individual callings to others, all He asks of us is radical obedience - whatever it is that it looks like for you and me. We must die to our opinions and ideas and surrender what we have "always done" and enter into a new season of following His ways.
One Child Campaign is a ministry outreach of Faith Central Ministries. The vision of the Orphan Awareness and Vision trips is to create a united effort of ministries to give voice to the over 5.5 million orphans in Ethiopia and around the world. This will be accomplished through sponsorship, empowerment and discipleship that will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children. This trip will immerse you into the lives of orphans and street kids. It will create an experience that will raise awareness not only to the orphan, but also for the body of Christ to realize the impact it can have through advocacy and adoption. An important part of our ministry is to provide resources for adoptive families. This is a mission to raise up a generation with selfless faith. Together, we can breathe hope into the orphan crisis.