By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
This summer, as in so many summers of the past, people join groups from local churches and head on missionary trips to places such as Haiti, Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, the continent of Africa and to the Native American reservations in South Dakota and New Mexico. For others, the trips are too cost prohibitive, or their work schedules do not give them the leeway to make the journeys. Others may be considered too old, or too young, for such undertakings. Some of the people who can’t make the trips sit and wonder what it would be like to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who may never have heard or read the Word of God or who are just hurting people. Others are missionaries in their own backyards.
If one sits and thinks out how they can be a missionary where they are, the answers that come to them are numerous. The blessings that the missionary receives can be numerous but even if it is not visible, there is always the assurance that God has seen us do a deed in His name.
We are told in Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” and later, in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” These two verses show us that we are not saved by works, we are saved by grace, but because we are saved, we should do good works. What better way to do good works than to be a missionary, even if it is just helping a neighbor.
A recent issue of AARP Magazine told the story of a young woman, who had just become a new mother, who offered to give an older neighbor a ride to his eye doctor. The gentleman had just had eye surgery and couldn’t see to drive himself. While at the doctor’s office, the nurse came out and saw the baby and, like so many others, began playing with it. The nurse returned several other times to see the baby and, finally, she asked if the mother would allow the doctor to examine the baby’s eyes. The mother said that she didn’t have an appointment, but after being assured that it didn’t matter, relented. The doctor found that the baby had a rare form of glaucoma and sent him to another optometrist in a neighboring state the next day. The doctor there performed surgery on the baby and said that if it had been two or three days later, the infant would be permanently blind.
The Good Samaritan above received a blessing because she gave a blessing to someone else, when she gave a neighbor a ride to the eye doctor.
There are so many ways to be a missionary in the community. You can volunteer at a food pantry, or go on a prayer walk with friends on Saturday afternoon through your city or
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