2014 Utah Outreach Campaign Day Seven
With the departure of our first week of Truth in Love missionaries who return home joyfully exhausted after sharing God's Word in Provo, we welcome the next week of missionaries with open arms. Roughly, two-thirds of this week's missionaries are returning a second or a third time. What a difference a year of experience makes! Returning missionaries come back to the mission field with confidence, boldness, and expectations that they will receive another amazing experience.
This is going to be another great week!
On Sunday, the Truth in Love missionaries visited Light of the Valley Lutheran Church in Layton, UT. We were blessed in two ways:
First, an LDS woman who came to worship last week (see 2014 Utah Outreach Campaign Day One) continues to keep in contact. After meeting with the pastor during the week, she came to a women's Bible study on Saturday. Amanda (see 2014 Utah Outreach Campaign Day Three) talked with the group. The biblical concept of grace is very difficult for anyone to grasp, especially Mormons. With a sense of urgency and desperation, the LDS woman asked, "What is grace?"
Amanda answered, "It is confronting the depth and perfection of God's perfect love. It is receiving everything while deserving nothing. It is John 3:16, period!" The LDS woman bowed her head and softly wept. The truth and promises of God's Word absorbed her soul. She was finding peace.
Second, our group received a wonderful and inspiring message by Rev. Jon Mahnke, a Truth in Love missionary.
He reminded all of us that Jesus is in the boat with us. Despite the storms of life, and the challenges of sharing God's Word in Provo, Christ promises that He will never leave us. Sometimes he calms the storm, and sometimes he allows them to rage. Whatever happens, Christ is in control and there is a purpose involved with every storm.
The afternoon and the evening was spent training, encouraging, informing, and equipping the missionaries for the week.
A missionary rests on God's promises. One of the greatest blessings of being a missionary is receiving the blessings of a deeper trust in Christ. We encounter the questions, "Are you going to trust God promises? Is He reliable to keep them? Can we take God at His Word?"
When the training ended for the evening, we reviewed some of the promises that were pertinent for us.
1. Missionaries do not decide to come to a mission field. They are chosen to come. Like a professional sports team, they are first round draft choices to be on God's team. He not only chooses missionaries, but he coaches them.
2. The fields are ripe and the harvesters are few. We trust God that the fields are ready for our presence.
3. When placed in an opportunity to share God's Word and we do not know what to say, God promises that He will give you words.
4. When God gives us a commission, He also gives the promise that He will be with us. When a missionary brings God's Word to a Mormon, they also bring Christ's presence.
We are never alone!