Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
These are the last words of Jesus recorded before he ascended into heaven. Included in these verses is a commission; a command to go into every corner of the globe and tell them about God’s love. I am not sure if you have looked recently, but despite the claim, ‘it’s a small world after all’ there are still A LOT of people on this planet! To consider trying to ensure each of them has heard the name Jesus is an incredible task, and one the Church has been striving for since those words were originally spoken.
In fact, all around the world there exist missions and missionaries who have traveled far from home to obey this command of Jesus and make disciples in places like Mexico, India, Uganda, and Indonesia. At TCC we support several missionaries with funding (ten percent of everything that is given to TCC turns around to go out to missions we support) along with trying to build relationships with these missions to understand their needs and how we can best partner with them. But to fulfill the command of Christ will take efforts from everyone who calls themselves a believer.
On September 23 Kevin Dooley, president of this year’s International Conference on Missions (ICOM) will be present with us. However, this will not be simply a presentation about a conference. Mr. Dooley will be speaking about what it looks like when a church is on mission; making disciples of all nations. I hope you will be present to hear about what is happening all around the world as fellow believers obey the command of Jesus in their communities.