My Term Paper Post Has Edits…you can thank me later.

March 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

My missions post a couple down has been one that I’ve felt compelled to continue to mold and pray over and edit and pare down to see what I learned, almost like I’m editing a term paper.   You all who read it hot off the press in it’s disorganized mess stage will not, however, be thanking me for not sparing you that torture.  In any case, I think it’s lengthy because I’ve never tried to write about it before.  I need to get it down to usable form, sort of like we have to do without our testimony, to share it more effectively.  But, there you go.  I did it.  Won’t you write your “missions” story?

I wonder where the issue of “calling” fits in, as we are all “called” to some level of missions.  In any case, effective mission teams need strong, focused people so that they give life to the team in all they do.  An example of that in our church life today is our Upward programs.  Those are very missions minded.  And it’s volunteers are”totally sold out” people I deeply respect.  People who seem to have God purposes in mind in just about everything they do, with the exception of a few referees who we just can’t seem to tame, and Wayne…you never know what to expect from him.  Just kidding.  It’s way cool. 

My involvement with Upward has been a great way to practice sharing the plan of salvation in written form with Upward Soccer, in spoken-delivery form giving half-time devotions with Upward Basketball, and one-on-one coaching, guiding kids to Christ, and by influence, trying to learn to extend love, faithfulness, and care to parents involved. 

If you need help practicing with evangelism, I highly recommend Upward sports ministries as a way to get started!

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  • 1. awomansdevotion  |  March 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I totally agree with you about Upward. It is a great program for so many reasons. Last year was the first time that my son played in the basketball program. Through that, I was able to meet you. I remember giving my devotion during that season and being so thankful that you were there supporting me–I think you were the only on that answered one of my questions 🙂 My husband then coached during soccer and then coached again during this basketball season.

    I also agree that we are all called. At different times in my life I have been called for different things. This year when we signed up for basketball, God placed a devotion on my heart before I was ever asked to give it.

    Thank you for always being so open and honest on your blog!!

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