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What Does It Mean to Show Up?
by Amy Norton
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Isaiah 58:6-8 Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.

Making a decision to go on mission is a faith-filled decision.  When talking to so many mission trip participants over the years, I always ask the question, “How did you decide to come on this trip?”

I love hearing the answers because each answer shows how God worked in their life to bring them to the decision to go. I most often hear: “Because I prayed about it and felt the Lord wanted me to go. I wasn’t sure how I would raise the funds but I am trusting the Lord to provide.” I am always amazed at their faith and their conviction and the Lord always does provide!

There's something wonderful when people step out in faith to answer the tugging in their heart to go serve children around the world. They are showing up to shine brightly in their lives.  We hear time and time again from the children, “I can’t believe you traveled half way across the world to see me and to show me I am loved!” That love is revealed in presence to these children.  By loving these children and acting in faith, our mission trip participants are a faithful witness of God’s even stronger love for them.

We are asked to shine God’s light so our good works are seen as an example of His love in us.  Taking the step in faith to go can be the biggest and most difficult part of the decision. Traveling somewhere you’ve never been, with people you don’t know, and wondering if you have the resources to make it happen—He will be faithful to use you and shine a light into the darkness of these children’s lives.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  Thank you for going to plant seeds, water and shine your light upon the “least of these.”
  • the light is God’s word
  • the light is our actions
  • the light is loving one another
  • the light is a gentle word or smile
  • the light is teaching about Jesus and his love for each and every one  of us.

“There’s simply no real substitute for physical presence.” – Unknown

It is our joy to invite you to join us to serve orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. Mission trips are only a part of what sustaining partnership with ministry looks like. Check out our calendar for the current trips! And become an advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children. Say, "I stand for orphans," as a James 127 Advocate.


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