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…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Missions Attitude … humility, respect, … friends, family

After making a missions trip overseas or serving locally … have we made a new friend, … with warm memories and sharings … and we are looking forward to meet them again soon?

Sair R. Park, M.D.:

Not too long ago, a South Korean news program aired a story about a thirteen-year-old orphan boy who had, alone, assumed the responsibility of taking care of his younger brothers after the tragic death of their parents.  One Sunday, some elders from the local church initiated an effort to help the boys.  The women’s mission organization prepared boxes of  apples and instant ramen noodles.  They arrived on a bus and gave the boxes to the boys, all the while taking many pictures to document their great generosity and good deeds.  When the women left, the orphans burst into tears.  They wept because they were made to feel like ‘monkeys in a zoo’ and because they missed their parents.

However, the following day one of the church elders, who had not gone along with the women’s group the day before, prepared a home cooked meal and brought it to the boy’s home late that afternoon.  She washed and fed the orphans.  She read them the Bible and stayed with them through the night.  Afterward, she visited the boys as frequently as she could.  She did this quietly, humbly, of her own volition, without remuneration or recognition.  Twenty-five years later, that thirteen-year-old boy grew up to be the principal pastor of one of the largest Korean American churches in the US.

“Is it not a better way of sharing God’s love? …”

 


In Miraz, I met Dr Archibald Fletcher, an American surgeon who had spent the bulk of his medical career in India, caring for patients as a medical missionary.  I was fascinated by his uninhibited manner.  He was well over seventy years old, but his energy and passion were boundless in caring for the filthy, rejected outcasts and unsavory members of Indian society.  With openhearted generosity, he tended to each patient the way a loving father would look after his own children.  In him, I found an extension of Christ – a gentle and caring Jesus. his endearing smile exuded unwavering enthusiasm for his work. …..

Dr Fletcher, now retired, resides in California. His wife recently passed away to be with the Lord after having walked with him for fifty-three years of missionary service.  To this day, he remains enthusiastic and passionate about Indian missions as ever.

Source: Sai R. Park, M.D., The Good Doctor, Bringing Healing to the Hopeless, Biblica, 2010 pg 132-133, 21-22.

 



1 Peter 3:15 (NLV)
Your heart should be holy and set apart for the Lord God.
Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do.

Be gentle as you speak and show respect.

In preparing to share God’s love, Peter summarises it well,

Your heart should be holy and set apart for the Lord God.
Ministry & service begins with having our heart right before God, walking in His ways.
God’s presence and God’s word.

Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do.
Plan and prepare, so that we are ready.
Be practical.

Be gentle as you speak and show respect.
And as we serve, … beyond our words and deeds,
… people can hear our attitude.
Having a right attitude.

With gentleness and respect,
like Jesus.

Taking the example of Jesus,
Paul’s guide to a humble serving attitude,

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

in lowliness of mind
let each esteem others better than themselves. (KJV)

Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.


Luke 10:5, 8
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you;

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.

Do we go with an attitude to bring peace, blessing and to serve others in humility?
Do we thankfully eat the food offered to us during meal times … though it may sometimes be interestingly  different?  Are we open to stay in their homes?

Luke 6:31(NASB, MSG)
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!

Are we respectful and sensitive to other people’s culture, faith, world view, beliefs
… in the same way we would like our faith and culture to be respected?

Are we hospitable and welcoming to others who are different?

Do we understand, appreciate and see the good in others individually, their culture and their environment?
Do we respect, esteem and honor others … and speek to them as a peer?

Do we first respectfully consult them
what they need,
and how best we can help,
before planning the trip?

Are we open and humble to listen and learn from others, and their experiences ?

Do we make comparisons through our lens, our background, our standard of living?

Do we love others, simply for who they are?

Is our focus …. conversions or conversations …. results or relationships ?

Do we see that God is also greatly at work in others who are different from us?
Do we contextualize, collaborate, complement, support local believers and their programs … (i.e. consultative, “what do you need, … how can we help?”)….
or are we just interested in imposing and implementing our agenda, objectives and take some photos for reports back home?

When we are in our home country, do we actively engage with people who are of the similar culture to those we visited on our mission trip?

Are we interested in missions … or people, …  unique individuals created in God’s image?

Matthew 10:42
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.

(others can hear our attitude)

Jesus stepped into our world.  He ate and drank with tax collectors, drunkards and sinners.


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by 林弟兄, bro Lim
November 5, 2014
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