During this past trip to Australia and Papua New Guinea we had lunch with one of our young leaders from Westside who happened to be volunteering his summer at the YWAM base. He asked a really interesting question: “Why do we do global missions?”
At the risk of this post being quite extensive, let me give you my short answer. First, it’s the heart of God. From the very beginning of time God said, “I will bless you so you can be a blessing.” But that doesn’t necessarily answer the question of why global missions?
When you look around your city do you see the homeless population? Do you notice them? They live very hard lives and we should take notice. If you’ve traveled to a non-westernized country you see a different level of poverty. What it does is it shocks your psyche. You begin to think, “how can this happen in the world I live in? God, why do you allow this kind of poverty to exist?” What the poverty of your own land cannot do, the poverty in other lands can do – wake you up to the reality that God never intended people to live in such dire straits.
Some say, “they want to live like that.” That may be true in some cases. But it’s not true in every case. And if it’s not true in every case, using that as an excuse to not do anything isn’t rationale.
Listen, we can’t help everyone. But we can all help someone. Whether it’s local or global, you can do something.
This weekend at Westside, Mike Alexander and I are going to be sharing about our trip to see our missionaries, Ryan and Adriel Booker. It’s going to be a high conviction message for all of us. And I feel like God has given me some really simple but meaningful ways that we can all make a difference.
Action: Commit to attending services this weekend or, at the very least, watch online at WestisdeLive.org. Begin thinking about your community. Ask God to open your eyes to the plight of those around you and begin today praying for the people around you and in our world who are truly suffering under a weight they cannot bear. See you this weekend!