Jun 3, 2012

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Good News Journal – Entry 1

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Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature. – Mark 16:15 (CEB).

 

The above scripture is The Great Commission/what God has called all Christians to do – share the Good News. So, what exactly is the Good News? The Good News is Jesus paid off the world’s sin debt. And, when you accept His salvation, you no longer have to fear the “debt-collector” (it’s not to say that the “debt-collector” won’t try to harass you, but, when he comes remind him, that you’re “debt-free”). News like that is worth sharing! It’s almost like discovering a 90% off sale at your favorite clothing store, BUT WAY BETTER!

So, okay, now that you’ve got the Good News, how do you share it with the “whole world”? Start with sharing it with your friends and family; reach the world right outside your window. I’ve learned that the most effective way to share Jesus is by loving your neighbor. When you continue to love when others have “cut their love switch off,” it displays a bright light, which makes others want to know what’s different about you.

Many share Jesus within their immediate jurisdiction, and then there are people who take the Good News to other nations. I’ve had the awesome opportunity to go on a missions trip in the past, and it was the most life changing encounter I’ve ever experienced. You never realize how hungry people are for the Good News until you travel outside the states…Right now one of my friends is on a 3-month missions trip. I cannot share her name or her location, but she gave me permission to post updates on her trip.

Here’s a quick summary of how things are going so far: She arrived safely to the location, and she’s met the other team members (there’s ten of them). After interacting with the locals, she’s learned that when language barriers are too strong, a heartfelt smile is a universal language. She’s already been greeted by two of her neighbors, who came bearing cake. The neighbors were also accompanied by two little girls, and the mother of the girls asked my friend to begin meeting with the girls to practice their English. My friend can’t wait to see the relationships develop!

Her Requests: The women in the that culture are not treated like the women in America, which is heartbreaking to experience firsthand. Subsequently, please pray for the men in that area. Please also pray that the men on her team have the opportunity to demonstrate the God-kind of love to the women who have grown up in that environment. Lastly, please pray that God gives them courage to engage the locals when opportunities arise.

…How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! ~ Romans 10:15 **G.I.G.**

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