It’s hard to believe that in just 34 days, 7 students and 4 adults from our church will be headed out to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 9 days.
Trips like this create much anticipation for the people going. Several us on the team have been on overseas mission trips, many of us have not. Which gets me thinking - I like and dislike the term “mission trip” at the same time. It’s quite a fitting title. We will be going on a trip … and we’re on mission for people to know Jesus while we’re there. But could we classify the rest of our days as being on a “mission life”? I certainly hope so.
As our church hopes to become a family of missionaries right here in Athens, why are we leaving to be missionaries in Brazil for a week? I think there are lots of reasons to go, and though there’s no felt need to defend the trip, here’s why we see this short overseas mission trip as a part of God’s plan:
- We hope to bless and encourage everyone we meet in Rio de Janeiro with the message of Jesus. We hope we remind them and they remind us that Jesus is on the move all over the world (Colossians 1:3-6).
- We hope that the thought, effort, fundraising, and overall preparation for this trip will remind everyone going that living on mission does not happen on accident.
- We hope our team will see the value and effectiveness of living in community long term after we experience it intensively for a week.
- We hope to be fulfilling the call “to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” as Paul outlines and to “make disciples of all nations” as Jesus calls.
So from now until we leave on June 4th, and from then until we return on June 12th, would you pray for our team? Pray for Aaron Slaten, Collin Ross, Rachael Mirabella, Katuschka Rakovec, Thomas Woodard, Emma Hunt, Kimberly Case, Cam Mallett, Kay Mallett, Simon Hunt and Gabby Nicols. Pray for our hearts to be changed by the Spirit as well as the people we encounter in Rio. Pray for wisdom and knowledge in what to prepare for VBS, what other ministry activities to participate in, for humility in serving, for boldness in conversation, and for the Gospel to be clearly communicated through a culture and language gap.
We are excited to go, and we are excited to return and share stories of our mission trip! If you get a chance, talk to one of the people going before and ask why they’re excited to go. And after, ask one of them what they learned and saw there.
May Jesus’ name gain fame in Brazil and in Athens,
Rachael & Collin