Thursday, June 5, 2014

June 4, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . .  Peruvian Countryside Backdrop For This Peruvian Woman (George B)
Bible Study Verse
Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me  in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (NKJV)
My church entered a four-year commitment to provide mission teams to take the message of Jesus Christ to an unreached people high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. 
We traveled many hours by airplane and four-wheel-drive truck just to get to where these people live. We drove through some of the most beautiful country I had ever seen. There were incredibly high mountains, deep valleys, and crystal clear rivers and streams. I couldn't help but think about what fish must inhabit those streams, waiting to be caught; and dreamed of the deer and sheep that must dwell on those high peaks, waiting to be hunted.

But, that was not my purpose for being in the Andes Mountains. I wasn't there to hunt or catch fish; I was there to be a "fisher of men" - the kind of fisherman that Jesus talked about. 
(George B)

Action Point
We sportsmen invest thousands of dollars and weeks of vacation time each year taking adventurous trips in search of that life-changing trophy to hang on the wall. Perhaps we should invest some of those dollars and days to: 
Cross a cultural barrier. 
Go to another land. 
Do something truly life-changing and eternity-changing sharing our faith in Jesus Christ as a short-term volunteer missionary. 
After all, we always seem to be eager for a great adventure. And, there's no greater adventure than sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
There are endless opportunities for volunteers to serve overseas. Help is needed on the international mission field for periods as short as one week. If you're really adventurous, you can serve for several months, or serve in a truly remote or high-risk location. Speak with your pastor to find out where you might serve.