Tag Archives: Missions

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

10 Sep

A few years ago there was a game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy called “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”  I am always up for a challenge like that and so I would try to answer the questions.  Now it’s been a long time since I was a 5th grader…way too long.  I don’t remember learning about the stuff they suggest a 5th grader should know.  Even some of the 1st and 2nd grade questions are pretty challenging for an old guy like me.   5th grader

One of the general categories is “Geography“.  I like geography and generally do pretty well except when it comes to some of the continents far away, like Africa.   I am finding out I am not alone.   We send teams to minister in Ethiopia three times a year from Living Word.  Ethiopia is definitely in Africa. I knew that, but where in Africa?  Surprisingly, the continent of Africa is big it is 3 times larger than the United States.

Africa mapBut isn’t the Ebola outbreak in Africa?  This medical crisis leads people to be cautious about sending people to Africa. So where is this outbreak?  The Ebola crisis is on the western side of the continent, in Sierra Leon, Liberia, Senegal and other surrounding countries.

While it is a significant crisis and something to be concerned about, it is occuring far  from Ethiopia (about the same distance as we are from Seattle, Washington).  Ethiopia is actually located on the eastern side of Africa. There are 8 countries between the center of the crisis and where we minister.  So even though I may not be smarter than a 5th grader, a look at the map of Africa sure helps me understand the situation better.

We monitor the conditions on the ground with each place we go.  While there is always some risk everywhere we travel, even here in the states, we don’t knowingly put our people in harms way.

Jesus’ Call To Go

28 Aug

Paul and BarnabasEver since the church began shortly after Jesus was resurrected there has been a desire and yearning to share what Jesus has done.  Whether it was Paul and Barnabas, Peter, Hudson Taylor or any number of other saints through the ages, they have gone out, traveled to other lands and shared the gospel.  Where did this zeal and passion come from?   I believe that it came partly from the fact that they realized what an amazing savior Jesus is and how the work he did literally transforms our lives.  They couldn’t keep quiet about it, they longed to share with the world around them.  A strong desire to share that good news with those who don’t know Jesus.

Jesus said it well Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon Image
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  That covers a lot of territory and many people groups.  That’s why Living Word Community Church spends time and resources on global missions.  It was important to Jesus and it is important to us.


Guatemala Construction Video

23 Jun

For the past 8 years Living Word has been sending a missions team to Guatemala to help build churches in the north. It has been an amazing opportunity to touch a group of people who have been through some very hard years. Being able to share the gospel has been powerful and the work and word of Christ has gone out richly.

Church Growth in Central Caribbean

7 May

Throughout history there have been times when the church grows quickly.  The First Great Awakening in the American colonies, The The Azusa Street Revival in 1906, The Jesus Movement on the 1970’s were all times of great conversions to follow Jesus.  A similar thing is happening on the island known for cigars in the past 5 years.   There is a great movement of Christ followers who are venturing out to new communities and starting bible studies which turn into cell groups, which become churches.  There is a spiritual hunger there and people are responding to the gospel of grace.  Nearly 150 churches have grown out of this humble movement of God’s people responding to the Holy Spirit.

There is a humble dependence on God to provide for their needs throughout this church.  The hope of the gospel transcends the oppression and scarcity found in their world.  It is a blessing to be part of this revival.  As Living Word reaches out to help with resources the brothers and sisters there are giving their time and energy to share the ‘good news’ to their friends and family.

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