Posts Tagged ‘mission’

It can sadly be the case these days, that some churches have completely forgotten why they were built in the first place. I’ve heard of churches where there’s more in-fighting than caring for one another; churches where they simply seems to exist to promote their own achievements instead of promoting God in their community.

It’s sad isn’t it, because at the end of the day if we’re part of a church, we must be completely God focused, making sure our church is set for its mission, as directed by God.

What do you think of when you hear the word missionary?

  • Foreign lands?
  • Travelling thousands of miles from home?
  • Poverty?
  • Homelessness?
  • Starvation?
  • Illness?

Let me challenge you by saying, given the amount of poverty, homelessness and hunger in some of our cities and towns, is it not about time we did more missionary work on our own doorstep?

Before anyone jumps on my back, I’m definitely not saying we shouldn’t help those in far away lands. I’m simply saying that for most of us we don’t have to go very far from our own homes to find people and children in grave need of our help.

Here’s The Mission by Newsboys:

Yesterday in my blog post I spoke about Mission Statements and the reasons why organisations have them. Today I want to look specifically at a particular mission statement…the mission statement of the Salvation Army.

Here’s what the Salvation Army’s UK website says in answer to the question, “Why does The Salvation Army do what it does?“:

Mission Statement

Called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, The Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland exists to save souls, grow saints, and serve suffering humanity.

Vision Statement

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we will be a Spirit-filled, radical growing movement with a burning desire to lead people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, actively serve the community, and fight for social justice.

As you can see from the above the Salvation Army here in the UK has both a Mission Statement and a Vision Statement. But what’s the reason for the two?

Well the Mission Statement is, as I stated in yesterday’s blog post about Mission Statements, intended for those who are not part of/members of the Salvation Army, while the Vision Statement is the “vision” of each member of the Salvation Army…or at least it should be!

Are you a member of the Salvation Army? If so, be truthful with yourself and with God…do you live up to the promises in the Army’s Vision Statement?

Whether you are a member of the Salvation Army or not, many of the promises described in the Vision Statement are ones which I believe every Christian should strive to achieve. Therefore ask God today to help you become a true disciple filled with His spirit, and burning with the desire to lead people to Jesus by actively serving your community and fighting for social justice. God can and will help you achieve this!

OUr mission can be summed up in this song The Mission by Sydney Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army:

Your Goals

Posted: May 18, 2010 in life, religion
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Do you have goals for your life? For this year, the next 5 years or the next 10 years?

Are your goals for your personal and/or your professional life?

What about your spiritual life?

Just like your personal and professional life, we should not take our spiritual development for granted…we must have a mission for ourselves, God’s mission.

If you don’t know what God’s mission for you is, talk to Him about it, and listen to where He wants you to be, where He wants you to be His missionary. Don’t think just because God’s sent you in one direction that’s where He wants you to be forever, so keep talking to God and following His directions for your life.

Let God direct you to your goals, your life mission for Him.

The Mission by The Newsboys

When the runners came from Bethlehem
All breathless with good news
They were passing a baton forward through time
The commission, from God’s lips to our ears
Carried by His saints two thousand years
Connects us all to the same lifeline
As I fix my eyes ahead
I can feel the Spirit’s breath…

(And) I can hear the mission bell ringing out loud and clear
It’s the revolution Jesus started, and it’s here
Echoing across the world from the shores of Galilee
I can hear the mission bell call for you and me
I wanna run with fire
It’s my heart’s desire
Lifting your love higher

In the history of our faith’s arrivals
Great awakenings, Welsh revivals
Saints and martyrs, summoned by a new birth
Patrick’s save of the Irish nation
William Carey’s expectation
Lambs and Lions
Called to the ends of the earth
Gotta put my hand to the plow
Not looking back, not now…

(And) I can hear the mission bell ringing out loud and clear
It’s the revolution Jesus started, and it’s here
Echoing across the world from the shores of Galilee
I can hear the mission bell call for you and me
I wanna run with fire
It’s my heart’s desire
Lifting your love higher

Our Mission Field
by Deborah Smith Plemmons

I visited a church with my family one Sunday;
I read a sign over the door as I was leaving:
“You are now entering the mission field.”
It made me think about my witnessing.

God commands us to go into all the world;
We have heard this preached many times before.
We should be willing to go to the uttermost,
But may we not forget our neighbors next door.

Do you sometimes feel you are inadequate?
Not sure how to share with others of God’s love?
Just tell them how one day the Lord saved you;
All the words you say, you’ll have help from above.

God said He would be with us always,
Whether on a foreign field or somewhere near.
He gives us guidance of the Holy Spirit;
So, let us go and tell others without fear.

I find it difficult to share my faith with others face to face – I get all tongue-tied and get embarrassed and scared I say something stupid. Do you find it easy to share your faith?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t find it difficult because I have no faith, it’s simply that my personal qualities do not include discussions about my own feelings and emotions. I do however find it easier to “talk” about my faith here, in my blog.

I pray that God may give me the words to say so that through this blog I may help spread His message. I pray you may receive a blessing from something I say and that it may challenge you  to a new level of faith.

I’ve found myself listening to Gabriel’s Oboe from the film The Mission over and over again in this last week – As I mentioned in my post called The Mission which I posted last year, I love this music and find the whole story of the film very inspiring (my post from last year give you details of what the film is about).

So in the car this week I’ve been listening to a compilation CD which includes Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army playing Gabriel’s Oboe, plus at work I’ve been listening to the same music on my ipod when possible – In both situations I’ve found myself just replaying this music over and over again.

As well as listening to this music from The Mission over and over again, I’ve found myself thinking about what God wants me to achieve in my life. i.e. What God’s mission for my life is.

Do you believe God has a mission for you? Are you following God’s plan for your life?

I am trying to follow God’s plan for my life, however I feel over the past while I seem to be doing my own thing, rather that God’s thing, and to be honest that worries me greatly.

So what do I need to do get back on track? Well, the answer to most things…pray!

I have already started praying for God to help me get back on His track for my life, so that I can do His will.

I pray that you too will ask God to help you follow His path for your life.

Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

Salvation Army Facts

Posted: February 2, 2010 in Salvation Army
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Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Language and Uniform, I realised that talked about the Salvation Army as if all of you know a lot about it – this was very remise of me, so to put it right I thought today I’d share some facts with you about the Salvation Army:
  • The Salvation Army came into existence in 1878 – This was when the then Christian Mission changed its name to The Salvation Army.
  • The founder of the Salvation Army was William Booth who was born in Nottingham in 1829.
  • The Salvation Army is a registered charity
  • Many of the terms used in the Salvation Army have army associations:
  • Our ministers are called Officers (Captain, Major, …, General etc)
  • Our local churches are called Corps
  • Many corps have junior and senior bands and/or choirs
    • Junior band is known as the Young People’s Band or YP Band
    • Junior choir is known as the Singing Company
    • Senior choir is known as the Songsters
    • Senior band is known as….the Senior Band!
  • Within the UK, there are currently approximately:
    • 50,000 members (adult, junior and adherent members)
    • 4,000 employees
    • 1,500 Salvation Army officers (full-time ministers)
  • And within the UK the Salvation Army provides a range of services, including:
    • 3,000,000 meals served every year at community and residential centres
    • 79,000 prisoners visited each year in 134 prisons
    • 3,200 homeless people given food and shelter every night in 57 centres
    • 709 local church and community centres
    • 636 elderly people accommodated every night in 17 residential centres
    • 300 youth clubs providing a caring environment for young people
    • 120 drop-in centres offering support and help for people in need
    • 70 day centres for elderly and disabled people
    • 50 nurseries and playgroups
    • 30 Red Shield support centres for military personnel in the UK, Germany and the Falkland Islands
    • 10 people reunited every working day with their families through the Family Tracing Service
    • 6 residential centres for victims of alcohol and drug abuse
    • 6 centres for families and one community home for children
    • 2 centres for people with special needs
    • 2 employment training centres
    • 1 centre for women escaping from domestic violence

 
So there you go, I hope you’ve learned something from this information about the Salvation Army. You can find out more about the Salvation Army and it’s work in the UK at http://www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/www_uki.nsf
 
The statistics used above were taken from the Salvation Army’s UK website: http://www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/www_uki.nsf

My Mission

Posted: November 6, 2009 in life, religion
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God requires us to tell others about His love. He requires us to be His witnesses, His disciples.

I personally find that very daunting as I feel so inadequate, as I am not very confident of speaking publicly about my faith. However, I do know God will give me what I need to get through every situation – He’s given me the medium of this blog to try to spread His message.

I hope and pray you find my blog interesting and challenging. I pray your relationship with God may grow because of something you’ve read here, but most of all I simply pray that God will continue to use me as a witness through all I do.


Acts 1:8 (New International Version)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth

The Mission by Newsboys

When the runners came from Bethlehem
All breathless with good news
They were passing a baton forward through time
The commission, from God’s lips to our ears
Carried by His saints two thousand years
Connects us all to the same lifeline
As I fix my eyes ahead
I can feel the Spirit’s breath…

(And) I can hear the mission bell ringing out loud and clear
It’s the revolution Jesus started, and it’s here
Echoing across the world from the shores of Galilee
I can hear the mission bell call for you and me
I wanna run with fire
It’s my heart’s desire
Lifting your love higher

In the history of our faith’s arrivals
Great awakenings, Welsh revivals
Saints and martyrs, summoned by a new birth
Patrick’s save of the Irish nation
William Carey’s expectation
Lambs and Lions
Called to the ends of the earth
Gotta put my hand to the plow
Not looking back, not now…

(And) I can hear the mission bell ringing out loud and clear
It’s the revolution Jesus started, and it’s here
Echoing across the world from the shores of Galilee
I can hear the mission bell call for you and me
I wanna run with fire
It’s my heart’s desire
Lifting your love higher

Checkout the Newsboys website: http://newsboys.com/

The Mission

Posted: June 29, 2009 in life, religion
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The Mission is a 1986 British film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. The film is set in the 1750s and involves the Jesuit Reductions, a program by which Jesuit missionaries set up missions independent of the Spanish state to teach Christianity to the natives. It tells the story of a Irish Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who enters the South American jungle to build a mission and convert a community of Guaraní Indians to Christianity, and of the eventual destruction of the missions by the secular Spanish and Portuguese colonial governments.

Nearly all of the film is a flashback shown while Papal emissary Cardinal Altamirano (Ray McAnally) is dictating a letter to the Pope detailing what happened. One of the first scenes is the martyrdom of a Jesuit missionary. The unnamed missionary is lashed to a cross by the Guarani Indians who live above the spectacular Iguazu Falls, and the cross is placed into the river and sent over the falls. His martyrdom inspires the gentle Father Gabriel to scale the hazardous falls and reach out to the tribe. Entering the Guarani’s jungle territory, Father Gabriel sits and begins to play his oboe. Drawn to the sound, the Guarani warriors prepare to kill him, but captivated by the beauty of the music they allow him to live and he gently and gradually wins their trust.

Please sit back and listen to the haunting melody of “Gabriel’s Oboe” written by Ennio Morricone:

I was curious to find an English translation of words associated with this theme, and eventually after much searching found them, and they fit so well with the whole theme of the film:

Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission

In my fantasy I see a fair world,
Where everyone lives in peace and honesty.
I dream of a place to live that is always free,
Like a cloud that floats,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

In my fantasy I see a bright world
Where each night there is less darkness.
I dream of spirits that are always free,
Like the cloud that floats.

In my fantasy exists a warm wind,
That breathes into the city, like a friend.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like the cloud that floats,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul

I’d suggest you now listen to the above video again, and this time follow the above words as the music plays – I’m sure you’ll be moved by the words and the music.

Today I’d ask you to pray for all missionaries, many of whom are working far from their homeland, in terrible working conditions, and some in great personal danger.

But to be a missionary we do not need to be working far from home, as God classes us all as missionaries. God has a mission for each of us to help extend His Kingdom and bring others into a relationship with Him. He will send some of us far from home as missionaries in a foreign land, other of us He will use where we are.

I pray that today we might each accept God’s mission for our lives, wherever that may take us. I pray that by accepting God’s mission, we are able to bring someone into a relationship with Christ.