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Rector's Msg.

 

FROM THE RECTOR

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17

From time to time people ask me about why we do mission work in Mexico, when there is such need here. This is a very valid question. Should we take care of those around us first and like concentric circles begin to spread out once those challenges closest to us are taken care of? I believe that the answer to this goes out in several different directions, and I will address two of them. First, we must remember that, when Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, He didn’t really give this option. He said in verse 19, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Indeed, this is backed up by the way that many of the Apostles went out from Jerusalem to all the nations. In the same vein, the message of the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10 tells us that our neighbor is not just the person who lives on our block, but we are neighbors with the entire world and should seek to love and serve everyone. Secondly, all Christians, and all Churches, should seek to serve those around them, as well. To go to Mexico is not to deny serving here. The core of what we seek to do as Christians is to listen for the calling of God and follow where He leads us. If the Lord calls us to go to a foreign land to preach the Good News, we go. If the Lord calls us to get involved in serving and sharing the hope of Christ with those down the street, we go.

Our passage above from Paul’s letter to the Colossians reminds us that we are to do all things in the name of our Lord Jesus. All things are to be done for his sake and according to his purposes. Thus, if we are washing the dishes, we do it for His glory. If we are caring for a sick friend, we do it for God’s glory. If we are called to serve this community, as so many in this church do, we do it for the glory and praise of Jesus. Our team that is heading to Mexico will seek to do the work that we do in the name of Jesus Christ.

Pray that we have the strength and the will to do this, as we pray for you as well.

In Christ,

-Seth-

P.S.-- From July 12th to July 15th a team from Emmanuel will be heading south to serve in different communities in and around Tijuana. We will be joining forces with Luke Medical Foundation and Real Life Ministries, two mission organizations, which have been serving in northern Baja for nearly thirty years. It is through Luke Medical and Real Life Ministries and their established relationships and plans that we work out where and how we should serve. They identify for us needs and areas in which they are working and we partner with them serving in whatever manner they need us. Please join us in person by becoming a part of the team, or in prayer.

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