A picture of a tree was put up on the screen this week at the Foursquare Missions International Training and we were challenged to see through more than one lens. Do we see lumber, shade, firewood or an object of worship?
Culture is all about how we see and the judgement call we make as a result. Often we call something good or right, bad or wrong, when it reality, it’s just different. In the area of missions, this is where the conflict lives.
This week, in Los Angeles, California, twenty-seven people are completing the one week level one missionary training, while nine others complete the two week level three training. Level three is the last stage before deployment.
There are twenty-five presenters that make all of this possible at a very intentional location that ensures interaction, relationship building, and serving.
With two days remaining, so far we as participants have heard about the Foursquare four stage model of infinitely reproducible ministry along with its global distinctives and values. We talked about security on the field (which is why you won't see faces here), understanding cultural context, self-care, preparation, the process for becoming a long-term missionary, and the policy in place that guides people through the process. We also engaged in an essential ministry practicum that moved people out of their comfort zone to do what Jesus did. Participants practiced leading people to Jesus, hearing from God, leading people in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and praying that people would be healed and delivered.
It is amazing to witness this group of people count the cost and the impact it will have on them and their families. It is strange to realize that these people I have met over the past three days are people who I may not see again as they depart to countries far from my own. These are people with vision for the fields that are ready for harvest and with a heart to make sure that all will hear the gospel. Remember this group of people in your prayers as they walk through the different levels of training, raise their funds for the field, and for many, deploy in the near future.
Also, remember that the world is a big place with many unreached people groups. There is always room for more workers to bring in the harvest and there are always people ready to equip you to effectively reach our world. That is why Canadian Foursquare Missions exists, to inspire and equip people to “go and make disciples of all the nations”.