Clicky

Church is like a box of chocolates…

by | Jun 12, 2014 | Missions Articles

The national landscape of Belgium is so diverse that even the languages are changing rapidly. The French spoken even 30 years ago is not the same as it is today. It is not solely due to immigration but also the expanse of business and commerce that has been influenced by the unifying of the European nations. For my wife, one of the qualifications for her employment was that she be able to read and write fluently in English, not French or Dutch. This is simply because it is growing increasingly difficult to reach everyone at the faster pace of life. I joke with many of my French speaking friends that English is the language that unites the world, they are quick to disagree.

I was blessed to minister to our home church congregation of nearly 300. The demographic of our church is similar to that of Belgium, multi-national. I encouraged them to witness the tremendous opportunity of sowing into the nations while sitting in a worship service every Sunday. Every week the church varies in guests from all over the earth. Every week we are given a chance to speak into a nation through one individual. This is exciting! This is the church God is building across the earth. A model or picture of what eternity will be right here before our eyes.

Many within our community are here today and gone tomorrow. Because of their employer, because of their visa status, because of their education, because of their government, or because they are traveling as a missionary through Europe they will be called to move on to something else. We are not guaranteed the time to spend with someone and plan an effective strategy that is catered to their personality. To know that this conversation I have with this person may be the last I have means I must carry a sense of urgency to know what God would desire to speak for this season of their life. It requires a true leaning on the Lord, to ask Him for guidance and discernment, for a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can carry out His purposes as I labor in the land for His kingdom.

Walk with purpose

Walk with a sense of urgency

Walk with a mindset to live according to God’s desires

You never know who you will meet, who you can bless, and what that blessing will do in someone’s life for another season.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Zach Lowrie and family, click here.

Stories You May Like

Why Some Missionaries Feel Overwhelmed

Why Some Missionaries Feel Overwhelmed

What are some defining factors between missionaries?  There are all different kinds of missionaries. Some are evangelists; others are church planters. Some missionaries care for other missionaries, and others are undercover for years for the sake of the gospel. There...

read more
Why is it Important to be Resilient?

Why is it Important to be Resilient?

The facts are only sometimes representative of reality, and there’s more to the story than we see. It’s powerful when we tune in to that compass bearing, look to God to help us create a complete picture of reality, and not just say, “Truth is whatever my sense is, but Lord, tell me the facts and the greater vantage point.”

read more
Navigating the Pain of Change and Disappointment

Navigating the Pain of Change and Disappointment

That was the order we were given within minutes of discovering our residencies had been denied renewal. The city hall official was not hostile or aggressive, simply delivering orders. I responded that we would “absolutely not be leaving in thirty days.” She mentioned they would send a police officer to our door if we did not comply. I told her she could send the king; I still would not leave after thirty days. That was impossible!

read more
Christian Missionaries & Their Well Being

Christian Missionaries & Their Well Being

How does a Christian missionary define success on the mission field? We all start here: as believers in Christ, we know our highest level of achievement comes from our obedience to "go” and the obedience to “follow” from there. Certainly, our ultimate fulfillment and...

read more