29
Jan 13

Como Ser un Misionero Transcultural: 5 Pasos

Para nosotros, misión es hacer discípulos en naciones donde no hay acceso a comunidad Cristiana. Evangelismo es predicar y hacer discípulos en donde ya existe la iglesia. Algún día, cada lengua y etnia adorará a Dios. Esa es la misión. Es una meta alcanzable.

Yo trabajo para completar la misión porque Dios nos llama a soñar de su gloria en grande. Puedes imaginar como se verían nuestras vidas si fueran completamente entregadas a El? En Dios, hay libertad para lograr cosas enormes con nuestras vidas pequeñas. Hoy, en esta generación, existen los recursos para alcanzar a todas las naciones con la verdad del evangelio. Con saber eso viene la responsabilidad de hacer algo al respecto. Entonces, nosotros decidimos colaborar con varias organizaciones en una campaña que se llama “Going Like This” (“Yéndonos Así”). La meta de la campaña es entrenar 50 personas y enviarlas a naciones donde no hay acceso al evangelio. 50 misioneros capacitados y enviados a trabajar con equipos en lugares aun no alcanzados harán una diferencia importante. Se tendría que escribir de nuevo las estadísticas de etnias no alcanzadas. Habremos cambiado el mundo permanentemente por bien.

Quieres ser uno de los 50?

Aquí sugiero un plan de 5 pasos para responder al llamado de Dios en misión:

Paso 1: Llena una solicitud.
Así de fácil. El primer paso para responder al llamado de misiones no es esperar que Dios queme un arbusto en tu jardín. Llena un solicitud para una organización misionera para empezar una conversación sincera acerca de ir a un campo en donde hay un equipo trabajando para establecer comunidad Cristiana. Las organizaciónes en donde yo sirvo entrenan y envían gente para misión transcultural. Nos encanta platicar con gente que quiere investigar. Tenemos oficinas en Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico (www.AlcanzaNaciones.org), Richmond, Virginia (WorldHorizonsUSA.org), y otros países también.

Paso 2: Asiste a un programa de entrenamiento.
Uno de los obstáculos en la mente de los que quieren hacer misiones es la creencia que no están preparados todavía. Descarta ese pretexto! Hay plazos para gente con título y sin título, jóvenes y gente mayor. No hay lugar en el campo misionero para aquel que piensa que es perfecto. Ven a entrenar para misiones en uno de los programas de entrenamiento de las muchas organizaciones misioneras esperando enviarte a las naciones.

Paso 3: Compromete a una visión.
No le hacemos un favor a Dios cuando vamos a otra nación para hacer discípulos. Dios, en su misericordia nos permite tener una papel en su plan. Escoge el camino angosto y corre hasta llegar a la meta. Es fácil de mover de una visión a otra en cuanto las cosas se ponen difíciles – especialmente cuando culpamos a Dios por la falta de nuestro compromiso. Seguir a Cristo es algo radical – es seguir al que pide muerte y perdida. Dios quiere a los perdedores. Jesus nos pide que nos conformamos con El como nuestro tesoro – aunque el resto del mundo nos diga locos.

Paso 4: Recaba fondos Trabaja Duro.
Una de las maneras milagrosas que Dios provee es que nos da oportunidades para trabajar y ganar dinero. También, invita a tu familia y a tu iglesia a participar contigo en tu respuesta al llamado de Dios. Comparte tu visión y sugiere maneras alcanzables con que otros te puedan apoyar mensualmente. Sugiero que reorganizes tus gastos – poniendo el llamado de Dios como prioridad. Cada peso ahorrado es un paso mas cerca a la meta. La matemática, la lógica de Dios es opuesta a la nuestra. Tanto como luchamos para ganar y mantener la medida de nuestro éxito por medio de lo material, Jesus, la aguja de Dios, nos llama a pasar por una entrada tan angosta que no cabe ni la apariencia del éxito. Nos llama a dejar que su verdad cambie la forma de nuestra vida. Nos llama a perder todo por el.

Paso 5: Únete a un equipo en el campo misionero.
Haz misión en comunidad – no solo. Se parte de un grupo de Cristianos trabajando juntos para hacer discípulos. Dios, en su palabra, nos da ejemplos y modelos para esto. Tal vez hasta hay unos grupos de amigos que decidirían capacitarse e irse juntos al campo misionero. Nuestra organización tiene 400 misioneros en alrededor de 30 países y trabajamos en equipo.

Ven a la aventure por lo cual Dios te hizo. Haz algo.


23
Jan 13

Good and Bad Ways to Come Home from a Mission Trip

People often come home from a mission trip with a rare, intense (and potentially irritating) excitement. I think you should do something with that excitement. A mission trip has the potential to do great good. It helps to think of the trip as having 3 categories of fruit and ways of giving glory to God:
1.benefit for the people who live in the place where you traveled (including long-term workers).
2. benefit for the travelers (you).
3. benefit for the home communities of the travelers (your home communities).

Some good ways to come home:

  • Talk about the trip. Think of a couple three-minute stories that best illustrate the successes of your trip.
  • Don’t be the hero of your own story. God should be at the center of the success.
  • Don’t let your only story be about how “we take so much for granted”. God’s plan for the nations is bigger than that.
  • Avoid the ugly temptation to hate your own home culture. Your home culture is different, not better or worse.
  • Be changed – even if short-term trips are “old hat” for you.
  • Do something with that energy before the routine of “regular life” sucks you back into complacency.
    • Some wise ways to do something good with that new energy
      • Be strategic. Connect with and support a mission agency with long-term work, goals and commitment to the place you visited
      • Learn. Attend a cross-cultural mission training program (this is a shameless plug for our training program).
      • Live with purpose. Make a five-year plan for your life – let the plan be influenced by the new knowledge and perspective you’ve gained on your trip.
      • Be a good steward. Find ways that you can decrease your monthly expenses in order to support mission work in the country where you’ve traveled.
      • Be a disciple. Let the truth of Christ truly transform the shape of your life. Even when the emotions diminish, exercise the disciplines of faith, joy and purpose.

Some bad ways to come home:

  • Subject everyone who asks “How was your trip?” to the 30-minute story of your plane ride.
  • Make your stories all about how you survived great adversity and single-handedly saved the country you visited.
  • Make everyone feel guilty for having hot water at home.
  • Say “America sucks. We’re so selfish.” to everyone who will listen to you.
  • Be unfazed. Say “It was no big deal” when people ask “How was your trip?”.
  • Do nothing with the compassion and energy you’ve gained on your trip. It will go away eventually. Let the excitement subside and go on being ordinary.

I’d love to hear your mission trip story. Share it with me here?


24
Nov 12

it’s a good burn

If we always act to protect our painlessness & comfort, we should never expect to accomplish anything new or great. Even worse is pretending that our instinct to protect those things is the voice of God.


02
Jul 12

How do you do Art as Mission? We have an art gallery.

We want to have conversations about Art as Mission.

In May of 2012, Hillside Missions, in collaboration with World Horizons USA opened the Edit: art gallery as an “Art as Mission” ministry. We’re a community focused on the world’s need for Christ. Art is an important part of community and worship. Right?

The purpose of the Edit: gallery is:

1. To connect art, artists and lovers of art to mission.

2. To pioneer reproducible expressions of art as mission.

We talk about “Mission” as inviting people to follow Jesus in places where he is not yet known. 
Art as mission creates a space to invite those people to follow Jesus through and around the production and exhibition of art. 
Here’s what it looks like so far:

1. We rented an art gallery in the Gallery District of Richmond, VA as the headquarters  for our mission ministry. How many people get to say that their office is in an art gallery? We’re cool like that.

2. On the first Friday of every month, there is a popular “First Friday Art Walk” event in our neighborhood. During that event, we feature a new Christian artist who is producing art as worship or ministry. In this way, we are participating in the art community in Richmond, VA.

3. We hang a large poster of a statement from the featured artist.

4. We “advertise” with a sandwich-board sign on the sidewalk and keep the gallery open Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM.

Will you help me to make this a conversation? What do you think? What should “Art as Mission” look like?

 


29
Nov 11

Why my paying job doesn’t take priority over my ministry job

I work to earn money so that I can work in ministry. I need my paying job because my ministry job doesn’t pay, but my ministry job is my direct response to God’s call. I sometimes struggle to find perfect ways to be completely poured out and committed to that call, but I do know that it must be what shapes my plans. For me, that means that I work during the day at my ministry office and evenings, weekends and other odd times for money. Sometimes it gets messy. I want my pursuit of God and His glory, in every nation, to be my family’s first priority. I also want the world to see that our response to God is more important than any other job we do. I can think of lots of things that can and should be compromised or sacrificed. If God is real, little else matters. I find no acceptable compromise on this point. God should get the first and best of us. Even better, God graciously gives us the privilege of participating in his work. I’m that loser who got the job he didn’t deserve. I don’t want ministry to become that thing I do when I have “free time”.

My priorities will be evident in how I use my time and resources and they are evident even when I don’t want them to be. I won’t build my life around some desire for comfort and security. God must be at the center. I know that makes me look radical and I’m O.K. with that.

I am sensitive to the fact that I (and others like me) are able to do ministry because of the generous support we receive from people who work paying jobs. I also think that others find a perfect match between working for money while responding to God. I’m not always sure of what to think about that. I am sure that it’s great that there is diversity in our roles as we each understand differently how to respond to God.