This might seem odd to you, but this past weekend I was on a missions trip…to the United States of America. It’s a big field with a lot of unsaved and even unreached people.
In this case, I wasn’t really heading to do a typical short-term trip that many of you have done. I was heading to the missions conference of a church in a relatively rural area of southern Maryland.
I spoke in several different formats. One was speaking to their youth/teens. Another was sharing a part of my testimony with a group of men. The main one was sharing a presentation about our ministry in Mexico.
The teen group speaking was different. Cameron joined us via Skype from my office in Mexico and answered a dozen or more questions (most of them he’d already been able to preview). The 20+ teens interacted with him and it was a neat thing to see. Turns out that the weekly teen event is attended by a number of unsaved kids. In the course of talking with them, I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with them as well. See…it WAS a missions trip to the USA!
I enjoyed meeting a missionary couple ministering in Ireland, a family raising support to head to Uganda, another couple serving their mission here in the USA after many years on the field in Brazil, and a prison chaplain. It was fun sharing support raising stories with the couple heading to Uganda. They’re still relatively early in this process and it was good to share some of our experiences with them. It can be a very difficult phase of being a missionary (not becoming one…BEING one). Support raising is ministering too…some don’t catch that idea but it’s true or at least, it should be and often is.
Unfortunately, aside from an initial picture out of the plane window while heading north early in the morning, my camera jammed and I didn’t have time to take it apart again. (It does this from time to time.) I did take a few pics with my iPod Touch but the quality just isn’t too great.