Summer of Service
It has been the usual and exciting summer of missions and ministry happening through Marshfield First Baptist. We have had mission teams in El Salvador and Colorado, Charleston, MO, a week of Vacation Bible School, students at Super Summer, middle school camp, and children’s camp. We have another mission team heading to Puerto Rico this fall to serve in the continuing hurricane recovery efforts. I love seeing our church family involved in hands-on missions! Each mission trip changes lives, not only of the people who live on that particular mission field, but those who go are changed just as profoundly. Our VBS and summer camps are a critical part of our missions and ministry strategy, because those weeks are laying the foundation for children and teens to make a commitment to be Jesus-followers and to serve the people around them.
This is what the church is called to do – to go and make disciples – wherever we go. As God’s children, as God’s church, as the family of Marshfield First Baptist, we exist to glorify God and to see lives changed. Mission trips change lives. And even if we aren’t on a mission team that travels some distance to serve and share the gospel, our mission is to serve right here at home, in our “Jerusalem.” How has God changed your life? And how will you serve someone else and open a door for God to change their life?
This past Sunday we had the great privilege of meeting and Cristi and Michelle Harlea. They and their four children are serving in Romania. Our church has the opportunity to become a mission partner with them, supporting them, encouraging them, going to help them. They shared with us how lives have been changed on their mission field. I am excited at the prospect of joining in on that work and to do what we can to bless them.
It has been – and still is – an exciting summer of service. Pray that God will use you to glorify Him and that we will see lives changed through the faithfulness of God’s people and the power of the Holy Spirit.