Let's Get Missional

A couple of years ago, someone asked me how many mission trips that I had experienced. I have not kept a mission trip log, but it is safe to say that it is definitely north of 50 mission trips. Since the mid-1990’s, I had sent the vast majority of my life in ministry with middle school, high school, and college students. Nothing culminates a semester or the summer like a mission trip! Everything from disaster relief, home repair, community outreach, ministry with kids, and everything in-between.

One of my spiritual pathways is serving. A spiritual pathway is the way we most naturally connect with God and grow spiritually. I connect best with God most often when I am completing kingdom tasks. Helping meet a physical, emotional, or spiritual need for someone else is one of the ways that I experience God’s presence in my life. Plus, I love mission trips because we get away from our daily grinds and regular distractions. It’s often a mountain top experience for people on the team to connect or reconnect with God in a very significant way. It’s a service project and a spiritual retreat all at the same time!

Even if you are not a mission tripper or a serving pathway person, God invites all of us to love and serve our neighbors. Serving others is an essential part of our faith. Serving is a powerful tool for God to teach us the way of Jesus.

We have an opportunity to serve for just a few hours and made a gigantic impact with Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Saturday. I love SHP’s mission statement: no kid sleeps on the ground in our town! We will build 50 beds in our church parking lot in a few hours on Saturday morning. Some of the people who will receive these beds have been sleeping on the floor, on couches, or sharing a bed with several others. For some kids, this bed might be the first bed that they will call their own. It is a small act of service, a short sacrifice of time, but you will make a huge difference in someone’s else life. It’s not too late to serve on this Saturday. (CLICK HERE)

More than providing a bed, we are presenting God’s love in a tangible way. We are living in strange days where love and hope feel like they are in short supply. Serving is so life-giving, and serving will refill your soul. Finding even the smallest ways to serve others will make a huge difference in your life and in the lives of people around you.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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