by: Andy Lawrenson
We find ourselves in a weird position for missions during this time. The opportunity around us and also around the world is great, but trying to navigate being on mission while being couped up at home can be tricky. I have a few thoughts, but I know there are many people out there with more creative ideas.
Much of what we do, participate in, work, and other parts of our lives have come to a halt the mission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ has not.
Here are a few of the ideas I thought of today:
Look for opportunities to be on mission during the shutdown.
Check on your elderly neighbors. Do they need someone to run to the store or pharmacy for them? Have a phone conversation or talk from their yard to them while they are on their deck. Show kindness to them by visiting with them . . . . from a distance.
Help a neighbor with yard work. I have noticed a lot of people out working in their yard and on their house because they have time now, but also they are doing it to pass the time. Is there a way you can lend a hand from a distance to help them? Maybe they have mentioned pressure washing their house, and you have a pressure washer and know how to use it. Perhaps they need a tree or shrubs trimmed, and you have the tools to do it.
Volunteer at the local food bank. If you aren’t in the “at-risk” category, you may have the time to help the food pantry stock shelves, load bags. Some local restaurants are providing free drive-thru meals for the community. You could volunteer to help serve the meals to the “customers”.
First off, pray. Pray for our world as we fight through this pandemic—so many people hurting around the world physically and financially. You may find that now have more time in the day and can commit part of that time to prayer.
Check on church missionaries. Drop an email, FB message, maybe even FaceTime, or Zoom with them if possible. Our missionaries, for the most part, are on shutdown mode just like us. We can all use a little “social” interaction. You can find most of them are in our Facebook Group, NHC Global. Our missionaries are on the front lines of missions globally.
Think of ways to help our upcoming student mission team gain support for their mission trip in June. Use social media to share a mission video; you may have friends and family who are in the position to give and want to make eternal investments. Pray for the trip prep and for the team.
Can you think of some ways to share the good news and love of Jesus Christ during this time?
What steps can you take this week to be on mission?