On Mission with Tour 14:2Rich Stigall
To most of us, “missions” is associated with thoughts of fund-raising, far-away lands, and foreign languages. Nothing wrong with well-thought-out, international missions. In fact, God has used vision trips to impact many on a deep, personal, life-changing level. That’s a big part of my story and many others at GO. Yet, my last trip to Haiti gave me a new vision for missions’ trips.
At Source De La Grace in western Port Au Prince near Carrefour, I caught a ride with my friend, Pastor Moise Vaval, and several members of his church. We were all going to Moise’s home in Fontamala about seven miles away. I was just staying the night, but they were going “on mission” for the week.
That’s right. Source De La Grace was sending a Haitian missions team to a neighboring community to share the Gospel and plant a new church. Think of a church in Shawnee sending a team to Brookside, but they weren’t going to Fontamala to simply stand in a soup line for a few hours, and it wasn’t the youth on summer break. These were church leaders going for a week.
They had left their jobs, homes, and families, so they could focus on their neighbors. They ate together, prayed together, and served together. They knew the language, the culture, and the community’s challenges. Their approach coupled the espirit de corps of an international missions trip with the ability to minister effectively and follow up when the week was “done.”
I love seeing what God is doing around the world…absolutely love it, but what would happen if we didn’t have a plane to catch at the end of the week? What would it be like to stay and serve our neighbors in our own communities as well?
This weekend, (Oct. 19th and 20th), GO Project and friends are going on mission with Tour 14:2, an overnight, 24-hour immersion into the world of vulnerable families and children in Kansas City’s urban core. The Tour will travel by bike and foot through Kansas City and expose participants to the realities many of our city’s residents experience each day. Click here>> to join the team who will challenge each other to open our eyes and hearts to live “on mission” right here in KC.