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Thursday, December 8, 2011

how to be a missionary


So basically, if you've signed up to be a follower of Jesus, you're already a missionary. Surprised you, eh?
If you're really truly a Christian, you'll want to share the gospel.  So that makes you a missionary, if you share the good news.


You're probably sitting there with your mouth open thinking, "Uhh, Kendra. I'm not even an adult. You're telling me to sell my things - like I'm gonna get any cash from that - and hop on a plane? Nice. I'm getting off this blog like right now."


No, no, no. You're getting it all wrong. You can be a missionary right where you are. Amazing, right?
You probably see other people besides your family each day. Well, hopefully you do. You probably see strangers everyday, don't you?


I normally carry around a couple of gospel tracts in my pockets. You know, the ones that have "Are You A Good Person?" or something of the sort written on the front of them. They come in handy at the most needed times.


For instance, I was at Wendy's a few weeks ago, watching my siblings while drinking a chocolate frosty. I was having quite a lovely time until God whispered in my ear. 

"Kendra, go over and give that girl sitting at the table next to you a Bible tract." 

My straw dropped into my frosty. I eyed the girl. She was about my age, just sitting at the table next to me, staring into space. 

"Okay God, I can't do that. Mom is sitting right here with me, and there are other people watching. I can't just  go over to her and give her a gospel tract. That would be so totally embarrassing." I went back to sipping my chocolate frosty. It didn't taste so good anymore. 

"Kendra, you know what I said. Go over and give her a gospel tract." 

"Alright, alright." I dug in my pockets and pulled out a tract, hurriedly told mom I was going to the bathroom, and on my way to the bathroom stopped by the table where the girl was. 

"Hey," I said, standing there awkwardly. 

She looked up, her blonde hair in her eyes. She was pretty and looked younger than I thought, even if she did only have on a big t-shirt and jeans. 

"Here," I said, handing her the tract, "It's for you." 

She looked at it for a moment, then smiled. "Thank you. Do you happen to have a pen? I'm trying to apply for a job and it's taking the desk people forever to find a pen." 

I dug around in my pockets again. I do keep lots of stuff in my pockets. Despite the fact that I had a pocket knife and Tylenol in there, I didn't have a pen. "I'm sorry, I don't have one." 

"Oh, that's alright." 

"You have a good day." 

"You too." 

I prayed for that girl when I got into the car. I prayed she'd get a job, for whatever reason she wanted one. It was a weekday and I wondered what she was doing out of school. I haven't been to Wendy's for awhile, but when I go back, I'll be sure to look for her. 


There are so many ways you can share Christ here in America. If you're shy, you can stick gospel tracks in coke cans at walmart. If you're bold, you can go with a group of friends and knock on people's doors, asking if you can pray for them. I did that once, and it was an awesome experience. You can even share the good news through the internet! It's amazing how many ways there are.

So, get out of your comfort zone and be creative. You're sharing the best news in the world, right? It shouldn't be hard. Maybe a little scary, but make yourself be excited for it.

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. MATTHEW 28:19

6 comments:

  1. Okay thanks for posting this, Kenny. I needed to read that. Oh yeah and uh we so need to talk about this tonight.

    and ummm why does the link say 'how to be a missionary and not get kicked'? I don't get it. =P Yeah prob. just a blonde moment. I seem to have a lot of those.

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  2. Very well written! I've never passed out a tract in my life, so I guess I failed there! But there are so many people out that just need a smile or a word of encouragement, and that leads them to ask questions. I'm not the greatest witness to others, I'll admit, and it's something I'm working on (I'm very interested in missions, though...rather ironic). I think it's very easy for Christians to nervously shove off telling others about Christ. You know, that's for the other people.

    I have many regrets of times where God put it on my heart to reach out to someone, and I ignored it. I'm glad you followed His voice!

    Blessings,

    Bethany

    P.s. Your blog design is coming along...I'll shoot an e-mail soon!

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  3. @HannahAbout the kicked thing, I did have a longer title, but I deleted it and for some reason it kept a few words. =P

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  4. I sometimes get those kinds of urges too. I feel pretty guilty when I don't follow them. It's hard, though! Where do you get tracts from?

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  5. This is absolutely brilliant Kendra. Thanks for posting it. It's really encouraging :)

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