The Eastern Sierra mountains in California is a great place to spend a few days getting reconnected with my Creator. I feel closer to God when I am surrounded by what He has made, and it appears that the Lord is just ‘showing off’ His glory all around the Palisades glacier. It takes a couple days of strenuous hiking to get there, but well worth the effort. Years ago, we ventured into this wilderness with only a paper map to guide our steps. A few years later, I discovered the joy of owning my own GPS navigation unit that helped leave digital “bread-crumbs” so that we could find our way back. However, at some point in the journey, I needed to recharge the batteries with a solar charger… you know, the one I left behind in my garage before we left home.
“No worries, I am a man, and men don’t need directions. We can find our way around by ourselves…”
File that under “famous last words”.
I think of my hiking experience sometimes when I am talking to missionaries who have returned on home assignment. Their sending church can be like a forest and our global workers may need a guide to help them navigate the complex terrain. Changes in leadership, re-alignment of priorities, attendance growth and decline are all common in churches that send missionaries. Likewise, churches need help understanding the needs of cross-cultural ministers. The book “Mind the Gaps” was written by people who care about missionaries and their vital relationship with their sending church.
I would love the opportunity to provide resources and guidance as we journey with missionaries, churches and the agency serving the Lord and sharing gospel together.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up… And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Eccl. 4:9-12)
Visit the website: www.MindTheGaps.org for more information and additional resources.
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