It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. Vs. 8a
Hebrews 11 is a great chapter about how to live by faith. These verses 8-10 are also a great description about what it means to be on mission by faith. What does it sound like to hear God’s call to leave home and go to another land?
He went without knowing where he was going. Vs 8b
Bringing the gospel to unreached peoples often means going in the general direction of a specific group without knowing the final details. Why would it be important to be focused in purpose but fluid in process in global mission to unreached in Buddhist cultures?
And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Vs 9
Going in a mission trip requires faith. So does BEING on a mission trip. Describe the difference.
Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. Vs 10
Read verses 13-16 as well. What role does our image of heaven play in the decision to bring the gospel to unreached peoples in a Buddhist culture?
Grief. “There is an unceasing grief caused by missionary friends leaving the field. We also grieve the traumas, sicknesses and struggles of friends and teammates on the field.” — A worker in Southeast Asia
Uncertainty. “Sometimes I wonder if I have what it takes to make it happen—the big vision that God has called us to.” – A worker in Europe
Cultural Stress.“There is a regular level of stress that persists when just living daily life because of simple things like heat, traffic, foreign languages, culture, laws, etc...” – A worker in Southeast Asia
Singleness. “I get weary having all of the responsibility of everyday life in another culture fall solely on my shoulders.” – A worker in the Americas
Foreign-ness. “No matter how I dress, how well I speak their language, how well I can cook local food or how much I love my local friends, I will always be a foreigner—different, misunderstood, an outsider.” – A worker in East Asia
Top 5 joys:
Raising Children. “I get to raise children outside of the USA where kids grow up so fast. Mine are probably immature compared to American children, but I am thankful that they get to be children longer.” – A worker in Southeast Asia
Adventure. “I experience adventure, travel abroad and the joys of seeing God work on the front lines.” – A worker in Southeast Asia
Margins. “My most effective work (where I see God most) is done in the "wasted time" of conversations (time saved for margin) when my real work is interrupted by others.” – A worker in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Team. “It is amazing to live in this type of community where we are cared for so deeply… My teammates care about my everyday life, my relationships, my family, and my walk with God. It is something that is hard to replicate off the field. They are truly the Lord's provision to us!” – A worker in East Asia
Dependence. “Our daily dependence on Him is at a level different than we knew in the U.S.” – A worker in Central Asia
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