Part One: Mission

Posted by on 14.02.2014 in Philosophy

“When the cities are worked as God would have them it will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement…” – Ellen White

It has been 2000 years since Christ set the example for ministry and His disciples used it to turn the world on its head. Christ’s method of ministry is radical, and today He is calling His church to follow His example one last time, but do we really understand what that means?

The mission of Christianity is to proclaim the gospel to all the world. In Adventism we believe that, more specifically, we should proclaim the gospel in the light of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14. I believe these things and I would expect just about any Adventist Christian to believe them as well. However, I believe that an intrinsic part of mission is not just what we are setting out to do, but our intentionality, the emotion and enthusiasm we put behind it. Not just that we set out to carry the gospel to the world, but how fully we invest ourselves in the process. You know someone who is on a mission when you see them, don’t you? Anyone who looks at them can tell how badly they want it.

My first memory of Donovan is of him standing in the back row during song time at our children’s brunch with his arms crossed as if to express that he was not going to sing or do these stupid motions that go along with the songs. I watched him the rest of the day sitting with a friend only half participating in the program. I never expected him to come back after that first day. I definitely never expected to be writing this story either. That may be a testament to my lack of faith or to the power of God, it is probably both. Either way I am excited to get to share this story with you. It has had a profound impact on me and how I perceive the work we are doing with children in the community. 

Two weeks later Donovan and his friend were back again this time Donovan seemed a little bit more interested but it seemed that he was holding back maybe due to his friend. That was the last time I have seen that friend at the brunch, but Donovan has come rain or shine. He even sings and does the silly motions sometimes. At Christmas time the local Adventurer club came and brought presents for all the kids who come to the brunch and Donovan was so happy to receive his gift. that was the first time I really noticed how much he had changed. As he received his gift and stood for pictures I noticed a softness to him that was a stark contrast the some what rebellious posture from when I first saw him. There was a kindness, a gentleness to him that was noticeably new to me. 


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