In the moments before Jesus ascended into heaven, He charged His disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
As the spiritual descendants of those believers, the Great Commission now rests upon our shoulders. We fulfill this kingdom responsibility in many ways—by evangelizing our own communities, supporting missionaries overseas, and, in some cases, going ourselves to another country as missionaries. For those who choose to leave their home country to proclaim the gospel, the support of believers back home is invaluable. For these missionary brothers and sisters, departing from our church makes the body of Christ and the prayers of the saints an even richer blessing.
One of the most challenging times for our missionaries comes during the holidays. Although the benefits of digital communication and modern transportation ease some of these difficulties, it is hard to be far from home and family during the Christmas season. For this reason, we join together every September to bless our missionaries in two different ways.
First, you can encourage our missionaries by writing them personal notes for Christmas. Every Sunday in September, there will be cards provided at the patio table in front of GraceWalk. Take a moment to write a note of encouragement and thanks to a few of our missionaries for the work they are doing for the Lord.
Secondly, you can give a financial gift so that our missionaries will be able to purchase Christmas presents for their family. Providing for them in this way avoids expensive shipping and customs fees and also ensures that they will receive the gift intended for them.
It’s easy to become distracted during the holiday season, so please consider joining us now—this September—in blessing and supporting our missionaries. This is a wonderful reminder of our love for these faithful servants who are so far from home, and a great opportunity to support the work of the Great Commission.