Our mission field

Saturday several members of my church spread out across our town to prayer walk, which is exactly what it sounds like — you walk and pray. More accurately, you walk through neighborhoods and pray specifically for the people who live in the homes you pass. If you see toys in the yard there’s a good chance children live there — pray for them. Pray for each home according to what you see.

Of course, their problem is identical — sin. The solution is the same — Jesus.

Our church was participating in Across Arkansas, a statewide effort to evangelize. Churches are encouraged to prayer walk through their neighborhoods. That is followed up with distributing Scripture and invitations to an Easter service.

On Saturday the members of our church who participated were divided up into teams. I was teamed up with my wife and two daughters. Our experience could not have been better.

My wife and I took one side of a street while my daughters took the other. I prayed for the people in the first house. My wife began to pray for the people in the second.

Then she stopped.

I looked at her to see why she had stopped praying — she was literally weeping for the lost people in that home.

I know I have cried for the lost before, but until Saturday I could not remember the last time it happened. God impressed upon both of us our community’s need for salvation. It was heart breaking. We began to see our community for the mission field it really is.

When we were through I asked my oldest daughter (she is 13) what she thought about the prayer walk.

“We drive by that neighborhood every single day on the way to school,” she said. “I never thought about how the people who live there need Jesus like I did today. I’ll never be able to drive by it again without thinking about this.”

My youngest daughter is 9. I asked her what she thought.

“This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she said.

She meant it.

The Great Commission is real.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20

The world really is a mission field. We really are to be witnesses right where we are.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”

I think he was right.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to Our mission field

  1. Greg Coleman says:

    Chip,

    I ran across your blog today for the very first time. Connected through SBC voices.

    Looks like we have a lot of theology in common and I excited about making time to browse through all the resources that you have in Thideology.

    Sola Deo Gloria!

    • Chip says:

      Greg,

      Glad you found the blog. Enjoy your browsing and feel free to comment at any time. I’m always eager to hear the opinions of readers.

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