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Archive for the month “April, 2010”

So You Want to Be a Missionary?

Ryan and two of his teammates, Matt and Jackson were scheduled to leave for Prato, Italy this Saturday. However, there was an unforeseen delay on their visas. They still should have no problems getting a visa for Italy. But they will have to delay their departure until the 18th of May. That is the day the ladies on their team, Josie, Osiris and Shae are also scheduled to leave as well.

It has been a little stressful saying goodbye, getting ready to leave and then having to put everything on hold for 18 days. Ryan has taken it well. In the car yesterday, I said to him, “So you want to be a missionary?” Missionaries have to learn to be flexible, wait and often times be willing to change plans as God uses us in His mission. Ryan is off to a good start in learning those lessons.

I am so proud of Ryan, he challenges me, teaching me and encourages me. Please pray for him and his team as they wait for their visas. May God use them for His glory!  Check out his blog at http://ryandouglasjarboe.posterous.com/

Grace and Peace,

Jay

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Ryan – Four Days to Italy

Give Him the Praise

I have been reading in Joshua and have been reminded of all of the
rich lessons. Today I read from Joshua chapter six. I saw again the
obvious lessons from Achan’s sin. The sin of one becomes the sin of
the whole nation (“the Lord’s anger burned against Israel” v.1).
Joshua as a godly leader did not need to whine before the Lord instead
he needed to go and take care of business; there was sin in the camp
(“Stand up, what are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned”
v.10).

However, I saw something today that I had not seen before. Joshua
said to Achan, “My son give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and
give him the praise” (v. 19a). Did Joshua want Achan just to break out
in song, in a prayer of praise, to share how good God has been in his
life? No, Joshua told Achan to give glory to the Lord by telling the
truth. “Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me” (v.19b).
Honesty, integrity, taking responsibility for our sins is one way that
we praise and give glory to God.

I definitely believe that we need to praise God through song, through
sincere worship, lifting up our hands giving glory to God. Yet, do we
consider that through our daily lives, our words, our treatment of
others and our ownership and repentance of the sins we commit in fact
is giving glory to God? I love finding small treasures like this in
God’s word. It is living, active and sharper than any double-edged
sword (Hebrews 4:12). What treasures are you finding?

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Don’t Write Off The Church

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who
called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1 Peter 2:9.

Recently three of us from Missions Resource Network (MRN) were working
with a four family team preparing for an exciting mission field. We
asked each couple to choose a “spiritual mentoring” couple from their
community of faith. These mentors were not professionals, not mission
experts, just disciples whom they admired and trusted and wanted to
invite to join them on their spiritual journey. At a recent seminar,
the missionaries talked of what they desired from the relationship and
why they chose the specific couple sitting next to them. We heard
genuine words of hope and affirmation. We could tell that the
mentoring couples were feeling a little overwhelmed. After we
discussed God’s work through His people, one of the sisters said,
“Yes, I am a overwhelmed but I am excited. When our church decided to
send this team, I knew we would all be involved but now I feel that I
have been given a front row seat!” Her statement represents the desire
of many others, wanting to have a front row seat for God’s mission.

I have just finished reading, Introduction to the Missional Church by
Alan J. Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren. I was impressed with these
concluding statements of the ordinary disciples role in helping the
church regain its missional identity.

In most church traditions the people have been shaped by a culture of
experts and professionals to such an extent that they assume the
sources of direction and the answers to the challenges they need to
address lie outside themselves in paid staff, hired consultants, and
purchased programs. The understanding of missional transformation…
operates on a set of very different convictions… (p. 164).

The Spirit of God is among the people of God, not in the experts and
the ordained, but rights in the midst of all ordinary men and women of
the local church. This means that God’s very Spirit is in the local
church, among the ordinary men, women and children who comprise this
faith community. Therefore God’s imagination and God’s future is among
these ordinary local men and women who gather to worship, who confess
their confusion, who know the church is messed up and needs to change,
and who confess that they don’t have a clue what might be involved in
this change or how to go about it. This is where the Spirit is at
work. How dare anyone write off the church (p.165).

I believe that members sitting on the pew want a front row seat in
fulfilling the mission of God. In reality they want on the playing
field. Let’s not count the church out of the game, let’s equip them
and empower them to become a team player in missions for God’s glory!

Jay Jarboe

(Alan J. Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren, Introducing the Missional
Church, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009)

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