• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Who speaks into your life?

Passionate, activist, self-motivated and independent. Cross cultural workers could easily be described by this series of adjectives.  There is nothing like living and ministering for Jesus across cultures.  It drives one’s passion and stirs a desire to engage in work which is not always easy or rewarding.  It takes commitment and inner strength to get up each day and press on (Philippians 3:12).

However, our passionate independence can do us wrong if we do not deliberately seek to ‘grow in community’. community

Spending time in community provides an opportunity for others to speak into our lives; to be used by God to help us better assess our projects and plans. A community gives us perspective and allows us to grow in self-awareness as to our true heart motives.  A community stands with us and offers us the ‘one another’ help we so desperately need.

Community can take a variety of forms, and it can be composed of different people, not necessarily those from just our agency (see the TC4u document located on the WT Hub, or contact me and I’ll see that you get a copy).  Whatever form or composition it takes, it is essential for us to participate regularly in community with others.

Yes, I know that there are a number of obstacles to participating in community life for us as cross cultural workers. Yet, the benefits far outweigh the effort it will take to overcome those obstacles, simply because ‘growing in community’ causes us to grow individually and corporately in Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it best when he wrote: “The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and His work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.”

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