Fear of Mission Work

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Through the years, I’ve heard many excuses why some people don’t want to go on mission trips. Some feared flying to such distant, unknown lands. Other worried they would not be able to raise the money to cover the expenses for such a trip. A few felt they were not called to do such work. I always found it interesting to watch someone squirm as they tried to think of the best excuse possible. A few of the people experienced genuine fear of the possible dangers.

In 2004, my husband and I lead a team on a mission trip to Kenya. Several of the team members had never been on a such a trip. Fears ran high as we made our final preparation for the trip. We made jokes as we explained that “most missionaries are no longer cooked in big pots” in hopes of lightening the mood.  Once we arrived in Kenya, everyone quickly realized their fears were unfounded. Everyone relaxed and experience so many blessings during the trip. We reach a school to conduct a Vacation Bible School (VBS) and found a huge pot sitting out front. A teacher explained these type of pots were used in the sugar factory to  cook the raw cane. The pot sparked an idea for me. I thought a photo of all of us in the pot would provide the team members with a memory of how they conquered their fears and followed Christ’s call to go. It brings back such wonderful and happy memories.

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Matthew 28:19 instructs us “to go” and make disciples of all nations. Christ is not suggesting we go in this verse. He is not pleading with us to go either. The Lord is commanding that we go. God has called all of us to go into the world to spread His gospel. All the excuses or fears in the world do not release us from this calling. Where is God calling you to go and will you listen?

Yvonne

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

 

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