What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Missions?” Is it going on a trip with other people to a foreign land? Is it giving money to some organization to help them fulfill their passion? Or maybe the very sound of that word causes you anxiety, as if someone will ask you to do something or go somewhere you are not comfortable with. 

As Pastor Marty and I have been discussing missions for The Sanctuary, we realize that many of us have pre-conceived notions about “Missions.” There is good news! What we think “Missions” is, may not be at all. You may be surprised to know we ALL can ‘do’ and ‘be’ missional.

Each month here we share a “Mission” focus with our congregation. We ask each of us to either PRAY, GIVE or GO! We are a generous group of people and have supported many organizations, projects and local community events. I believe it is time for us as a congregation and as individuals, to expand our thinking and embrace more!  Not more doing, but more BEING! Let me explain…

Jesus was clear in his communication to us in Matthew 28:18-20 that we are to go and make disciples.  This is the last thing Jesus told his disciples before he ascended into heaven after the resurrection. I don’t know about you, but in my way of thinking if this is the last bit of instruction given before Jesus left, I’m thinking it’s pretty important.

What does that mean for you and me? It means to be more like Jesus today than yesterday and more like Him tomorrow than today. It means sharing the love of God with everyone you know, not in a “preaching” at people, but in living our everyday lives in such a way that it causes others to see God in us!

So what is our "Walk it out?" We continue to Pray, we continue to Give and we continue to Go.  We Pray that God will lead and guide Kim Griffin and others who lead Young Lives. We are praying that God’s love will be shown to each and every child and their families at Breakfast with Buddy, our Valley View event on December 5th. We Give financially to Young Lives; to empower this ministry to reach teen moms with the love of Jesus, to assist with supplies for single moms, to help scholarship teen moms for summer camp and to help with resources to teach life skills.  We Go, by giving of our time in signing up to serve at Valley View on December 5th.  You can do this online or at our Welcome Center and our Hospitality Room. 

I encourage each of you to begin to think differently as we finish up 2015 and roll into 2016. Think about Missions as who you are as a Christ follower. Ask yourself, “how can I be Jesus to everyone? Whether it is local or global?” I like to call it Glocal!   

Stay tuned to hear more about what Missions is and what it is  not!

JULIE SANDEEN .  Missions Pastor

JULIE SANDEEN .  Missions Pastor

- Pastor Julie