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How can you be assured that your investments of time, energy and money will reap the greatest rewards in your life and have the greatest impact on the world around you? It all depends on what we are investing in. If we are merely investing in our own worldly pleasures and possessions we may experience some temporary satisfaction along the way, but in the end we will be empty and the world will be no better off. In Matthew 16:26 Jesus warned, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”
However, in the same chapter Jesus assured those of us who have a relationship with Christ as the Son of the living God that we can invest in a kingdom that will never fail. Jesus assured us, “…on this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell will not overcome it (Matt. 16:18).” In Acts 1:8 He promises His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” In a sense He promises us that we will gain the whole world by influencing many souls all around the world to surrender to Christ.
This is the kind of unfailing, eternal influence you can have when you invest in world missions. You can invest your time, energy and money by praying, giving and even going on short term mission trips.
Your most productive investment is praying for our missionaries as you receive their updates from Sherry Unger by email, and by participating in our monthly prayer vigils. Your faithful financial contributions to our Faith Promise Fund is a huge investment that goes directly to fund the ministry of our seventeen vocational missionaries around the world. If you are not already giving to our Faith Promise, you can begin giving any time by designating your check to “Missions Fund” in the memo when you write a check to Surfside PCA. We encourage you to give in faith above and beyond your normal tithe to the general fund of the church.
Consider the eternal impact you are having on the world when you invest in prayer and giving to our missionaries. You are helping to evangelize, disciple and plant churches locally in Carolina Forest (Hornes), among Native Americans in Cherokee, NC (Hills), in the Bahamas (Stoghills), all over Western Mexico (Salinas) and Central America (Martinez), among Venezuelan refugees in Panama (Summers), among internationals in Bogota, Colombia (Baxleys), in Peru (Powlisons), in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Lancasters), in Odessa, Ukraine (Thorntons), and among Muslims in a very sensitive area of the world (Ian & Darlene). You also participate in ministry to college students all over the States (MacKorell) and New Zealand (Aldridge), to medical missions in the Caribbean (Aeschliman), and to theological training of pastors and missionaries in Puerto Rico (Fitzpatrick) and all over the world (Austins & Pratt).
This past year many of you also had the opportunity to actually go as short-term missionaries to Cherokee, Cuba, the Caribbean, Azerbaijan and India. By praying, giving and going God is using your investment to grow His kingdom that will never fail! What greater joy will there be when we get to heaven and see “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb?” (Rev. 7:9). Perhaps many of them will be there because of your influence and investment.
Missions by Terry Baxley