Sunday morning I expressed the long-held goal of Alsbury to “impact every continent, every year.” I added it is a reasonable task given there are only seven continents.
Sunday evening I was told we ought to give a pass to anyone who actually manages to live and survive on Antarctica, certainly the most inhospitable continent of them all.
The tongue-in-cheek comment recognized there aren’t any official residents of the ice-covered continent. The 5,000 or so who live there alongside nematodes, penguins, and seals are actually citizens of various countries who work in research stations.
Our commitment to fully engage in the mission of the church begins with personal connection. Individually we begin with our neighbors across the street. Do you know your neighbors by name? Do you engage in regular conversation about life issues? Do you know their spiritual condition?
As a church we prepare for and participate in various mission trips coordinated by our Mission Committee. They are working on multiple opportunities to Mexico, Nicaragua, Haiti, Germany, Northern Ireland, Bangladesh, and Africa. As other partners and opportunities are identified we will connect as we can.
Remember, our responsibility begins at home, with those closest to us. Don’t fall into the faulty notion that missions is something the church does across the ocean. Missions is something every follower of Christ will engage in, beginning right at home and extending that engagement to the furthest parts of the world.