Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Safety or Submission?

Matthew 10:16Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves

Over the last 6 weeks or so Honduras has been in a state of political unrest. Although the civil unrest that has resulted has been very mild compared to other parts of the world experiencing these same problems, they are problems nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media's reports of civil unrest in Honduran cities has resulted in many of the Honduran missionaries being recalled by their missions boards. Entire denominations have brought their Honduran missionaries home to "Watch and wait". Meanwhile, the work of the gospel and the practical ministry has all but ceased in many places, including Pena Blanca, where the absence of the missionaries is being felt by the residents. Medical missions have diminished, service oriented missions have diminished, and most importantly, evangelism isn't taking place. The news is reporting one thing, but our Missionaries in Pena are reporting "Business as usual", other than a curfew being implemented.

Jesus never told us that the work of the gospel was "Safe" work; in fact, much of what He said was just the opposite. Consider His Words...

Mt 10:38 –Mt 10:39 (NKJV)

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

The community of Pena Blanca and the families that Calvary Chapel Pena Blanca are ministering to are taking notice of the fact that C.C. Pena has kept their hand to the plow, that Calvary's from the U.S. are still sending teams, and now our team has the privilege of going to serve in a place where others are leaving to seek "Safer" places to serve.

Nothing "Safe" ever results in radical ventures of faith where Jesus reveals His presence, His provision, or His protection. I choose to walk a little closer to the edge! Wanna come!

Pray for the work of the gospel through the hands, the feet, the hearts, and the mouths of those who choose to go and serve where Jesus has asked them to go....

Pastor Randy

1 comment:

  1. Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I, Send me!"