The world is a huge place, created by God for His glory. It is full of people of different races, creeds, and languages. It is a beautiful, overwhelming masterpiece of Grace. We have so many special opportunities to meet people all around the world. Some of our dearest friends live in places we have never been too! These include: China, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Much of Latin America, Solomon Islands, and Siberia. My mind was turning the other day with joy and apprehension at the many more people God is leading us to.
I looked online at m-w.com to see what the definition of the word team is. It was pretty humorous…Team can mean: “two or more draft animals harnessed to the same vehicle or implement; also : these with their harness and attached vehicle” Team has another definition to it, that we are more familiar with : : a number of persons associated together in work or activity: as (a) : a group on one side (as in football or a debate). (b) : crew, gang. I’m going out on a limb here. In God’s intent, we are all supposed to work together for one common purpose, as in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.
Wouldn’t it be nice to say that, as individuals, we all work together as a second-definition team? (No….really, I didn’t criticize her ministry, or get jealous of his abilities, or become angry at that leadership).Yet in reality, I think we have to BE a second definition team with a first definition mindset. I mean, really….how often in the scriptures are we compared to sheep? Sheep are mentioned 500 times. And we are compared for good reason. We scatter. Our minds need to be harnessed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our bodies, in their weaknesses and strengths are to be used to glorify Christ. According to Romans 16:18 we are “Slaves to righteousness”. WE have to be fully ready and eager to work as a team with one common goal, with the understanding that when our sin nature comes to play, when OUR desires rule our hearts and cause division, we are only sheep, or at best, oxen, harnessed to Christ, letting HIM lead us and use us how He sees fit.
SO why am I writing about this? What on earth does it have to do with our call to West Africa?
Last week was through God’s planning, we were able to host The Blessing family and The Davis family at our house for an overnight. The Blessings have completed their 2nd 3 year term in West Africa, and were full of resources and encouragement for us to draw from. Check them out at http://www.blessingafrica.org/blog/ .They shared some of their experiences and we laughed together and prayed together. They are a part of our team, though they work with a different organization, and have been there years ahead of us. Their children and our children laughed together, we shared a meal, and hopefully the next time we will see them is overseas. Tuesday-Thursday of last week we had our first team retreat at Rainbow Christian Camp. We did team building exercises, and encouraged one another in the Word. Yesterday, the Hoffland family came to share a meal with us. They spent 17 years in West Africa with their 3 kids. They hope to return later this year, or the beginning of next year. They are with Christian Reform World Mission. They are our teammates.
You see…our teammates are everywhere! We draw together with people from different churches, young and old, who want support us through prayer and financial giving, these are our teammates. We have family scattered throughout Indiana who are trepidatious about our departure, they are our teammates. We are all working together, trying to get the Bible into the hands of a Bible-less people group.
We are so excited to announce that our teammates, Eric and Melissa Davis and their beautiful baby girl Sophia will be leaving for Language School in France in late September. Check them out at davispbt.wordpress.com . This is a bittersweet moment for us. We have, this whole year, been awaiting the moment when we board the planes and fly out of country for our first ex-pat experiences as a team. Yet, for a few different reasons, it isn’t happening how we expected it to.
At this point, our support is at 24%. We need your help. We have been hearing lately, that this is the hardest financial place for a missionary to be in. Some have said “We will support you after your first term…when you have a little bit more experience under your belt”. We don’t have the experiences to share with you to let you know that we can do this, but we have the faith in God. We also have the commitment to our teammates, and the West Africa Branch of Pioneer Bible Translators. We have stories of transformation from people who have gone before us. We have training, and the Great Commission, and prayer, and an eager family, all we need now is for you to join our team. Will you pray about supporting us? Will you search your heart and see if God could be calling you to join us in West Africa? We need you on our team!!
Andi Cameron <><