Global Missions

Today was a great day at Highland Oaks. Monte Cox preached in my stead, and did a terrific job. The day was focused on Global Missions. I’m thrilled with the direction and innovation of our Global Missions Ministry. Here’s something interesting…almost without fail, someone comes up to me, or email’s me saying something to the effect of, "I don’t know why we’re spending so much time, energy, and resources overseas when we have so many people that need help right here."

How might you answer that question?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. The passion for lost people will not be affected by geographical boundaries or location. My desire for the world to know Christ takes my heart to people all over the globe, as well as the man and woman living across the road from me. So it’s hard not to consider how we might help those far from us.
    The danger, though, in global mission work is to do something that is ineffective and damaging to the kingdom of God. I struggle with the best way to take Christ to the world from here. Two week mission trips, loads of bibles being dropped off, World Bible School tracts, teaching English using the Bible, setting up preaching schools, etc. I wonder if that is what Jesus had in mind when He told us to go.

  2. David…good thoughts…I might add that in my experience…those who clamor the most for the church to do more for x or y people do very little themselves. That’s a generalization obviously, but it’s a fairly accurate one. I’d like to believe that most of the people who ask this particular question have decent motives…though that’s hard to know. I certainly hope it’s not coming from a spirit that says, “First us, then them.” That kind of thinking isn’t in line with the Kingdom at all. But, the restlessness they feel…hoping that perhaps we can do a bit more for those in immediate proximity can be good…as long as it doesn’t go bitter…and isn’t rooted in the us/them worldview.
    It is also true that many churches have looked right past the lost in their own communities in the name of foreign missions. I’m not sure that’s what God would want. Nevertheless, I don’t know that God cares what language or people group a lost person is from…just that they live with him forever.

  3. “…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
    I read all to mean ALL. Yes, there are many unreached in this country. How far are they from a local Christian organization that can spread the Word? I bet they are much closer than those living in Guangzhou, China under a leadership that will not allow the Church to openly meet.
    A church has a responsiblity to reach out to those in their surrounding communities, but scripture would not be fufilled if that is where we stopped. Few are the numbers willing to live the life needed to minister in a foreign nation, often in difficult, dangerous, or deadly circumstances. So when God provides someone willing to serve, we MUST send them AND provide resources. This is not our decision, we have been commanded to do this.
    The majority of us cannot or will not go to such extremes. That is okay. There are MORE than enough opportunities to serve here. To those who ask how we can send people and money to a foreign coutry, I say this; we are all One under God. Those in China, Africa, and New Guinea are no different from us in Christ’s eyes. They are our extended family.
    God provides people willing to serve in foreign lands. If you don’t believe that, you should have heard Dr. Monte Cox speak about the Wa people of Myanmar this morning. The next time someone wants to go to Africa or anywhere else to preach, maybe we should tell them no, those people are not as important as those here in our country. Us first, then others, right? I would also be curious to see if those that question using our resources abroad are currently doing anything to reach those they are concerned about in this country. I imagine the answer would most often be, unfortunately, no.
    How can we choose to neglect those souls because of distance? Does the Kingdom have Earthly bounds?