Thursday, November 7, 2013


We were introduced to our church family as missionaries for the first time this weekend. We almost turned around to look behind us, as if, "Who us? Oh, yes! Us." It's really happening! We've been headed this way for a long time, and were blessed beyond words when our church family officially commissioned us this weekend, and committed to being our sending church.

There is no other thing like feeling the many hands of brothers and sisters in Christ on your shoulder in support.

A real joy for us was that Ben Dodzweit, U.S. Representative for Helimission, flew in from New York to share Helimission with our church body, and to participate in the commissioning. It was too short of a visit and truly an honor to share him with our church family, and vice versa.


Thank-you to all of our family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Jesus for standing next to us.
God is working through you!

During this service, our Pastor of Worship Arts, Bobby shared a deeply true and sort of paradoxical piece from John Piper. Please enjoy:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).

But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High” (Ps 104:34, 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.”

–John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993/2003), 17.