Tag Archives: Missions
15. Aug, 2011

Why I Love My “Job”!

Why I Love My “Job”!

I have often thought that Ty Pennington had the coolest job in doing Extreme Home Makeover, but after our recent trip to India, I’ve been reminded again that I have the coolest job.  Yes, it is my “job”, but it is so much more than that!  Mel and I led the team of 18 from here in NZ to India and even had the privilege of having two of our kids with us.  Seeing people’s eyes opened to other people and cultures, seeing that God can and will use them, and that He is indeed faithful and sovereign.  That is what I love to see!

Two different people shared after the trip that their perspective of India and Indians has changed as a result of going.  One of them said they can’t get India off their mind and pray so much more for India and the ministries we witnessed.  Two young guys shared that they believe cross-cultural service and ministry will likely be part of their future in some capacity, something they hadn’t even contemplated before the trip.

During the trip, at one our morning meetings at breakfast, I asked one older gentleman to pray.  He later shared with Melanie that it was the first time he’d ever prayed publicly.  Another gentleman, one with a physical disability, was unsure why he was even suppose to go on the trip, but knew that God wanted him to go.  And yet to watch how God used him to encourage and challenge the people we met and then to hear two of the team members say that he was one of the people who most impacted them on the trip.

And then there was the impact on our hosts.  It was the first time a team had gone from our church to serve alongside them.  To see our host in tears at the end of our time there because we were such an encouragement and blessing to them, definitely makes it all worthwhile!

Yep, I’ve got one of the coolest “jobs” and I’m so grateful that God is willing to use broken vessels like the Stark family to accomplish His divine purposes!

16. Mar, 2011

For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

Did it ever occur to you that God has given you a gift and ability for a reason? That He has equipped each person and placed them in the right place for the right time?

As Moses is laying out the instructions for building the tabernacle in Exodus 35 and 36, he tells the people that God had filled Bezalel and Oholiab with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship.

At this point in Israel’s history, they needed people with skill to build the tabernacle and to teach others.  And God filled and equipped people for the task, much like He equipped and filled Moses for the task of leading the people.

So, too, today.  God has equipped and filled you for a purpose and a task in His Kingdom.  Yet too often we sit back bemoaning that we don’t have someone else’s gift or that no one has recognized my gift or contribution. Instead, we ought to seek to use our gift for His glory.

I was struck by the reality of this last week when I was in Christchurch.  God has called, filled and equipped the church in Christchurch for such a time as this.  I saw the same thing after Hurricane Katrina.  God wasn’t fretting about the calamity and how His glory could be shown or who He could get to be His Hands and Feet.  He had already orchestrated that.

So how has God filled and equipped you for His service?  Are you walking in those gifts and using them?  I guarantee there is room, more than that, there is need in the church, in His Kingdom for those gifts!

16. Mar, 2011

Reflections on Christchurch

Reflections on Christchurch

I spent a couple of days in Christchurch last week, seeking to connect with churches to see how we might be able to mobilize people to assist with the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts.  While I was there, I was struck with a few thoughts.

1) Nothing catches God by surprise.  He is not sitting up in heaven wringing His hands over what happened in Christchurch or in Japan for that matter.  He is a God who cares and that is evident by the response of His people to tragedy.  Even beyond the initial wave of emergency relief, the Church is seeking to be a positive response for the months and years to come.

2) People are resilient.  I stayed with a family who was affected by both the September and the February quakes.  Their home was damaged in September and the office the wife worked in was damaged in February.  Yet, they have a good humor, and a positive attitude about what is happening and graciously opened their home for me to stay with them.

3) God is sovereign.  I went to Christchurch two weeks after the quake.  My experience is not in emergency relief, but in ongoing recovery.  As I met with people that is what they were asking about.  Many were wrapping up their emergency efforts and looking at the ongoing recovery and rebuilding.  So my visit was well timed and God allowed me to be an encouragement and provide ideas for the future.

4) There is much to be done…in Christchurch, in Haiti, in Japan.  Their are needs everywhere and it is easy for us to sit back and look with shock and horror at the images on our screens and then go about our lives the same.  But there are always things we can do.  Click here for ideas of how you can be involved in Christchurch.