Friday, January 14, 2011

Raise Up Ministers and Ministry Will Follow

So it begins again.

This will be our third internship here in Iloilo. This is our third amazing opportunity to train future full time missionaries. This is our third opportunity to host yet another group of amazing individuals, ready and eager to change this world for Christ.

"Raise up ministers and ministry will follow." These are the very wise words of the Go To Nations Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Craig Kuehn. His words capture the heart and purpose of our internship. The interns are not here just do ministry with kids, conduct medical outreaches, preach in churches, teach in a Bible school, learn HOW to learn a foreign language--the list goes on and on. Yes, they will get an opportunity to do all of those things and more. However, the primary purpose is for their lives to be changed, for their faith to be stretched, for them to learn and grow and do things they did not think they could ever do.

And when you focus on the individual, when you give them the resources they need to be amazing, when you raise up ministers, ministry is an inevitability.

The next batch of interns arrive on Tuesday. Before this effort begins, the family and I will be enjoying some downtime. We will be vacationing for a couple of days in Tagaytay, Philippines. We are staying near the beautiful Taal Lake, a lake that also happens to have an active volcano in the middle of it. Watch our blog for pictures.

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