We are told in the Holy Gospels to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature…” Mark 16:15
This is called “The Great Commission.”
In this day and age, with the world-wide virus, close downs and other pressing issues, what is our responsibility as a Christian to bring the good news of Christ to those around the world…and in our own community?
This question may be one that has been put on PAUSE because some are saying, “How can I do this, when I rarely get out?…. or “I even order my groceries to be brought to me so I don’t have to be in a crowd?”
This blog is to bring some thoughts to that bewildering mind-set. There are organizations around the world that have not shut their doors to the hungry, the sick, the destitute… even during the virus. They need financial and prayer support that many of us are able to give. All one has to do is to go online and look for Christian missions.
One such group is Guidelines International. At the end of this blog post, you will hear a devotional presented by them to help us renew our thoughts on the “Great Commission.” The reason I mention Guidelines International is that they have helped a Christian orphanage that I visited some years ago in Ukraine.
In fact, I am now writing a sequel to my book, The Seeds, that will have the title, “The Least of These.” One chapter tells my encounter with the orphans and their director, at the time, Vladimir Tsupko. The orphanage was in the eastern part of Ukraine, near Donetsk. The children were cared for, in a Christian atmosphere, from ages 3 to teens. As we visited, our group had brought some funds to help out the ministry. I will never forget that, on receiving the money, the Director held it in his hands and said, “God is NEVER late.”
Mr. Tsupko had not been able to pay his staff for quite a while, but they had stayed with him and the children even if they could not be paid. When the Russians invaded Ukraine, all the children had to be moved into a camp in the forest. Eventually, the Good Shepherd Shelter was relocated in Kiev. It is hard to imagine what they endured during this time.
Donetsk Christian University, where I taught English, was turned into a barracks for the Russian troops. Students were sent home and the staff was held prisoner for a while before being allowed to leave. Continue to pray for the people in Eastern Ukraine. There is still war there even though it is less publicized, since the media speaks more about the virus.
Prayer of St. Francis
“Lord, make ME an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred let ME sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”
So…what is our responsibility to support the work of Christ…here and abroad? Perhaps this video can give us some insight.
Blessings from Boyer Write.
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