Sunday, September 16, 2012
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church, worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship therefore is the fuel and the goal of missions."
-John Piper (Let the Nations Be Glad)
Authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert wrote, When Helping Hurts a book about how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor, emphasize the ultimate goal of missions is for people to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
So, in essence missions is the outflow and the overflow of our love for Christ and our desire for other to experience Christ's love too.
I have also read another book while I've been home called Love Wins, by Rob Bell. It is a thought provoking book with a great message.
"When the gospel is understood primarily in terms of entrance rather than joyous participation, it can actually serve to cut people off from explosive, liberating experience of the God who is an endless giving circle of joy and creativity."
"Jesus calls disciples to keep entering into this shared life of peace and joy as it transforms our hearts until it's the most natural way to live that we can imagine. Until it's second nature. Until we naturally embody and practice the kind of attitudes and actions that will go on in the age to come. A discussion about how to 'just get into heaven' has no place in the life of a disciple of Jesus because it's missing the point of it all."
Now that's some good stuff! It's all about worship and bringing glory to God.
1. 50% of humanity lives on less than $2.50 per day.
2. UNICEF reports 26,000-30,000 children die each day from poverty.
... that is 18 children every minute... or 1 child every 3 seconds...
3. 27-28% of all children in developing countries are estimated to be
underweight or stunted.
4. There are ~2.2 billion children in the world and ~1 billion of those children
live in poverty.
When people actually digested this information and opened their eyes to the pain and suffering all around the world (and even next door), I would like to hope that eventually people will start to take action.
source: global issues and poverty.com
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I only have a few more days before flying to Uganda, so I wanted to share some of the highlights of my time at home. I came up with a list of my “favorite things” to better encompass the events of the past few weeks. I've enjoyed lots of good food along with family/friend time. Probably the most special times being spent with my nieces and nephew.
Fresh Garden Mint Tea
A Pedicure by Heidi
Making Necklaces with Kaleigh
Funny Faces with Cassidy
Skate Park with Aiden
... and so much more!