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Mission 11: Vision Forward – Africa Area [Day 2]

Here are some thoughts from Lisa about the Mission11 Africa conference:

“Pictures. Today was a day of pictures. I’d like to share some of those pictures with you. Walking past the rooms, with participant pictures and names on their doors, we gathered in the hall for worship, devotions and prayer.  A picture of a small, hopeful African child looked out at us from the banner on the wall.

From 1 John, we drew out principles, painting a picture of what Christian community should be like.

Next, we were asked to close our eyes and picture the time we were called into missions. What drew us into missions? What was distinctive about World Team that made us want to join up? Are those things still true? How have our ideas and ideals changed?

The next picture came in the form of a skit. Nine people on stage represented the various populations of the world: 3 representing the “Christian” (active and nominal) portion of the world, 3 representing NonChristians Within Reach of the Christians, and 3 representing the Unengaged, Unreached. Ten “missionaries” were selected from the audience to go to the 9 groups. What a sad discovery to find out that in current reality only 1 of 10 has gone to the Unengaged, Unreached group. Next, $1 in coins was distributed to the 9 populations according to current worldwide mission spending. The Unreached received only 1 penny while the other 99 cents went to the Christians and those Within Reach.

To bring this worldwide situation closer to home, we next looked at another picture. A map of Africa – our area! Red marked the countries where 50-100% of the population is unreached. Large dots showed major Unreached People Groups. Sadly, WT Africa is not yet working in any of the red countries, although we are working with some of the large dots. What a challenge! What’s our Mission Forward? How do we mobilize the Africans where we do work in order to reach out to the red countries?

More pictures. Did you know you can build community with pictures? During the women’s time, we cut out magazine pictures representing things in our lives and shared them.  (I don’t know what the men did!) After lunch, we pasted pictures of our teams and ministries on posterboards and decorated the hall, hoping to learn about each
others’ lives and ministries.

The day is almost over, but I hear that we’ll be seeing a video from one of WT’s other Areas and praying for them, spending some time in worship and ending the day with fun and games.

I hope this has given you a small picture of our day. Keep us in your prayers!”

2 Responses

  1. Lisa, You’ve effectively used WORDS to paint the picture of the day! How neat to use pictures throughout the day; sometimes they penetrate more quickly to our will and emotions. Mostly though, I want to say how encouraged I am to hear of WT colleagues pressing outward with burden for the less reached. Thank-you!

    • Hopefully we will have more “pictures” to share in the next day or so. Mission11 Africa ends tomorrow AM and much prayer has been offered up for here as well as all the places where our workers serve.

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