SE Asia: Departing Today

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Micah 4:1–3, NIV)

Six weeks ago today our team met for the first time at an Asian restaurant in Atlanta.  We shared our reasons for going, and talked about our team expectations and vision for the trip.  We have met three times since then studying the Word together, praying together, and enjoying each others fellowship.  We are (mostly) packed, and are ready to go.  We want to thank all of you who have been praying for us during our time of spiritual preparation, and who will continue praying for us when we're in country.  We recognize the primacy of prayer in any mission endeavor and believe it is the most important aspect to reaching any person, or people group.  Recent events like the war in Syria and the disharmony from the George Zimmerman verdict reveal that our world needs healing.  It needs peace.  It needs Shalom.  We long for the days when there will be no more war, no violence, no racial disunity.  We long for the days when humanity will be united in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). 

We believe that even small groups of people can affect great change.  The disciples of Jesus went from 12 to 120 to 3000 to 5000 to one of the greatest movements the world has ever seen.

We desire for the people with whom we will be working to experience the peace that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, and a life lived following Him.  And we look forward to the day when many of our neighbors will stream to the Lord.

Over the next 48 hours please pray for us as we travel.  Pray for our safety, and pray that all of our bags will make it through to our final destination.  Please pray for our endurance as well.  I think that is what we are most concerned about.  Pray that we will have restful sleep on the plane to Seoul.  Please also pray that we will be open to divine appointments:  those people that we sit next to on our flights, or in the airport that are willing to have spiritual conversations with us. 

Our mission doesn't start when we hit the ground in SE Asia; we are ALWAYS ambassadors for Christ every moment of our lives.

Our goal is to update the blog every day while we are on our trip.  We will share successes, failures, things we have learned, and things to pray for while we are in SE Asia.  We also hope to upload and share pictures to give you a flavor of the culture we are trying to reach.  I will send out an email (hopefully) every day with a link to the blog and our latest update.  For those of you unfamiliar with Global Missions at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church I would encourage you to read the blog and learn about the other trips that are in progress.  We are in locations as diverse as New York City, Albania, and Thailand engaging in a variety of different ministries.  We are thankful to be partnering with a church that takes the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) seriously, and we are thankful to be partnering with all of you in friendship and prayer!

Bryan, Chris, Hannah, Jackson, Slade