Resignation or Rejuvenation?

For most of us, it doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed when reading, watching or listening to national and international news. How dumb, how ignorant, how stupid, how outrageous, how immoral, how heinous, how tragic can it get? Which reminds me of King David’s laments: “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do” (Psalm 11:3)? “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me” (Psalm 13:2)? One alternative is to ignore the news; to just turn it off. Sadly, it doesn’t go away or get better by simply ignoring it. King David answers with this: “In the LORD I take refuge” (Psalm 11:1). Since God doesn’t retreat or ignore the plight of the innocent, he sends those who are willing to say: “Here am I, send me.” Mission Builder volunteers like Pat and Thelma Lewis (our lead story) are not Hollywood-style heroes. They rejected resignation and chose to trust God, who rejuvenated their faith to just show up where he led them. Gratefully, most Mission Builder opportunities are pretty tame—but not boring. Sometimes the opportunity may be more challenging to the faith of friends or family than to those who actually go and get the job done. Until Jesus returns, the world will continue to be a dangerous place. But we serve a dangerous God who promises us his refuge and rejuvenation—not resignation. It’s my belief that when we respond to God’s call, the enemy is pushed back one project, one person, one sorrow at a time. If you want to take a step...

Good Will Ambassadors

For veteran volunteers Pat and Thelma Lewis of Wenatchee, WA, mission building means assisting frontline missionaries in concrete ways, helping them succeed in what they are called to do. This typically involves specific projects for a two-week to three-month duration. But when the Lewises had the opportunity to serve in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel, Jordan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), they discovered God was asking them to go beyond mere practical service. He wanted them to be his ambassadors (II Cor. 5: 16-21). The Lewises are accustomed to doing hands-on team projects through MBI’s RV Associates ministry. This time, however, “we weren’t going for a project,” Pat says, “but to help build relationships. Projects you can do in two weeks, but relationships and bonding cannot happen in so little time.” What God asked Pat and Thelma to do for four months was step out of their comfort zone and be available, flexible and ready to learn. In the UAE, the Lewises assisted at a guest house, a place of rest and restoration for missionaries. Through simple, practical service, the Lewises blessed men, women and families who are risking it all to take the gospel to some of the most dangerous areas in the world. Like the YWAMer who worked 10 fruitless years but is now awash in refugees due to war in Syria and ISIS brutalities. Or the couple with teenagers determined to stay, even though they are at great risk and have lost eight coworkers to violent death. Or the doctor who embalmed her own husband and two teen children after they were...