I work in a missions department but that doesn’t mean that I think short term missions is always the ideal way to engage internationally. Often times I want to throw my hands in the air and say, “no more mission teams should leave America, ever again. Ever.” 🙂
And then there are times that I swing to the other side and say, “Lord, send more. Lots more!”
I received Buckner International’s quarterly magazine in the mail this week. I took some time to read through it today and a quote from a young girl adopted from Russia brought me to tears. It had me crying out for more short term mission trips to be sent out!
This young girl was in the process of being adopted by an American couple approaching retirement (Seriously, how cool!). They were actually among the last 10 American families to finalize their adoption and leave the country before Vladimir Putan signed a ban halting inter-country adoptions of Russian orphans to United States Citizens. The story is pretty amazing.
But, to get back to the quote and missions, she said; “When people came from America, we didn’t understand them, but they had interpreters. We had a very good time with them. When they came, we prayed with them and it felt like you were cleansed from something that’s bad. All the kids liked the Americans who came because they gave some small piece of goodness or happiness in this horrible world.”
I mean, goodness gracious, does it get any better than that?
Lord, send more Americans around this world! Send more people to pray and bring about the Spirit in such a way that cleanses, comforts and gives great joy to those that are oppressed and forgotten. Isn’t that what Christ did while he was on Earth and we are called and equipped to do now? AH! Great joy.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9 ESV)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6 ESV)
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(Luke 4:16-19 ESV)
You can find the Buckner Today at this link under 2013…which may not be posted for a while.