Go into all the world" He said. I love how you have responded to that commission as you partner with Lisa and I in this mission. It will be more literal this week and next. I leave for Turkey this week to go and prayerfully inspire international ministry leaders to believe God when he says,
Many of them are in challenging areas of the world economically, spiritually, and/or politically, but to mature and become all that God designed them to be and go after the visions He gives them they must learn also trust Him to provide and even fund His plans. By God's grace other countries like ours will have the privilege of helping them, but to be faithful in making disciples, we must also teach them to pray and ask God to supply their daily bread. Many do this already, but they don't know how to expand to believe God for even a larger vision for what He would do in them and through them. We hope to share with them some things we have learned.
WKLM are letters that remind us that partnering with others is a journey and it is more like farming than hunting. We have learned that our donors want to engage and stay engaged through an inspiring relationship.
- W (winning represents asking or inviting (winning) a person to embrace the Great Commission with us.
- K (keep) represents our intent to inspire an enduring relationship together as we obey and "go".
- L (lift) reminds us that staying at the task of telling others about Jesus will require increasing commitment.
- M reminds us that we want to scale our involvement and the involvement of others as we continue to invite and ask others to join with us (multiply).
We have another acronym that captures the people we want to inspire our international friends to trust God to provide and that is L.I.F.E. We hope they will look for and find partners who will share their leadership, influence, finances and expertise in helping them reach their part of the world.
This week and next you and I will be about the work of making disciples literally around the world. We meet for four days. Pray that we can all be great leaders, learners and lovers as we follow Jesus Christ.