When I was young, I became enthralled with the idea of being a missionary in faraway lands. What could be more meaningful, I wondered, than taking the Gospel to those who never heard it before? I imagined telling Jesus’ story in remote African villages and seeing the people come alive with faith and hope.
The work of global missionaries is still essential, but I have come to understand that the mission field is bigger than I ever imagined. It’s so big because it starts right in front us—in our families, communities, schools and businesses. For there are many who have heard the name of Jesus but never encountered him in another person. The most effective missionaries give of themselves first and then introduce Jesus as the source of their strength, kindness and hope. They give others a reason to believe.
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