During my recent mission trip I felt like we were spiritual paramedics, on a rescue mission to save souls. The following paragraph is an impression I had about the work we were doing:
A shepherd. A woman. A father.
While these three might seem completely unrelated, in Luke 17 Jesus uses each of these individuals to reveal His heart for the lost. The shepherd left all within his fold to search for his one sheep that had wandered away...
I subconsciously began to set expectations as I prepared to leave for an eight-day mission trip to Berlin, Germany. While I reflected on my previous time in Germany with European Initiative, I mentally prepared myself for a similar experience. But I couldn't have been more wrong.
I had put God into my little box: I expected Him to move only in the ways I had seen Him move in the past. Based upon my previous experiences, I was limiting God and my expectations of how He works.
European Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of its second European base in Zagreb, Croatia. Poised to reach the Balkans region of southeastern Europe, EI’s new base is led by Jerry and Zuzanna Low.
The Balkans consists of the following nations: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, and Serbia—and debatably, a few other bordering nations on the Balkan Peninsula. This war-torn area is still full of Eastern European charm but is also fraught with destitution and poverty. The physical poverty is exceeded only by the spiritual poverty; less than 0.7% of those living in the Balkans are evangelical Christians.
“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah’s declaration of surrender to God’s call has become my own heart’s cry after a life-changing week in Romania with a European Initiative team. I found myself immersed in an intense and redeeming experience where God drew me from the distractions of my comfort zone and pulled me directly to His heart.
My wife and I recently travelled to Serbia and Hungary as part of a team of twenty students from Charis Bible College in Colorado. We experienced first-hand the truth of Jesus’ words in John 4:35: “Say not ye, ‘There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?’ Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35).
Count me among a miniscule minority who has never watched a single episode of the CBS reality show, “Survivor”. I have seen countless promos for the series, none of which have enticed me to give it a try. Through viewing the promos I get the gist of the show: a tropical location, bandanas, snacking on worms, and conniving plots to throw the competition off the island.
No one in humanity is promised his next breath. Life is a precious gift from God. Ask any parent you know about the experience of gazing upon a newborn as he takes his first breath - it is nothing short of a miracle! Yet so often we find ourselves expecting another moment… another day… another weekend… more years to come. This is why news reports of children or teenagers tragically losing their lives at a young age tend to grip the hearts of many. It leaves us asking the question, “Why was that life cut so short?”