Friday, November 30, 2012

Global Missions | Mutuality

That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:12)

In the recent visit by a good friend of mine from Ethiopia, I experienced firsthand the power of mutuality in global missions.

I have been to Ethiopia. My mission trips have been fruitful. In fact, our Acts 8 partner in Ethiopia, GCME, has strongly affirmed that what we had to offer is what they need. The GCME has invited us back. They would like us to continue to send our mission teams in the coming years.

So Acts 8 Ministries has been working with other U.S. churches and inviting them to mobilize their resources strategically for Ethiopia.

Then in mid-November, my Ethiopian friend, who is on staff with GCME, unexpectedly visited us in the Pacific Northwest. Even though we didn't plan this visit, his presence here turned out to be significant for our partnership.

He was able to meet some key individuals in the area (though we missed some others for scheduling issues). Now these influential people know Ethiopia a bit more personally. My friend also encouraged and challenged us all with ministry reports from Ethiopia, his personal stories of faith, his contagious love for Jesus, God-sized vision for his people, and passion for leadership development.

We send our people, and we receive their people. Mutuality is a necessary ingredient for fruitful global missions so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both theirs and ours.