I don’t think about “Facilitator M” on a daily basis, and to be honest I was only thinking about it yesterday because I knew I had this blog to write.  I was sitting in our “greatly simplified due to Covid-19” worship service yesterday  and my heart was moved like it had not been moved in a long time.  Our final hymn had the familiar words, “This is my story.  This is my song.  Praising my Savior all the day long.”  My eyes filled with tears as I realized that my story could be very different if I had been born in another country…or if I had been born to different parents who did not take me to church every time the doors were open…or if I had not made the decision to follow Christ from an early age…or if my parents had not started taking me on family mission experiences as a young teen.  But this is my story.  The story of how the cross of Christ has made all the difference in the destiny of my life and my family.  My thoughts then went to the billions around the world who have a different story because they have never heard THE story of a God who loves them and gave His only Son to die in their place.  Their story doesn’t have a happy ending unless someone shares this story with them.

As the song was ending I took my seat and began listening to the pastor.  My eyes were quickly drawn to a banner with familiar verses from Romans 10.  The banner read, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The question came to mind…where do we as facilitator M’s fit into these verses?  We’ve been the ones who called on the Name for salvation.  We’ve been the ones who have been sent.  We’ve been the ones who brought the good news, but now we are mobilizing, training, and equipping others to bring that same good news to others.  Our role is now in the background smiling from ear to ear as our spiritual sons and daughters take their first big steps and do what we’ve been doing. 

I am not a marathon runner and I have never enjoyed long hikes or running long distances.  Sports that involve sprinting and high activity are my preference.  I am new to this “facilitator M” task, but I’m thinking it is more like a marathon than a sprint.  I don’t have suggestions or ideas about how to BE a “facilitator M”, but I am trying to learn.  My questions at this point are…

Are we still supposed to facilitate M’s from the US? 

Are M’s from the US still relevant and can they be effective? 

If so, how do we expose people from the US to missions? 

How have we done it in the past?

What played a significant role in your call to missions?

Short-term mission experiences played a major role in my call to missions.  What role do short-term mission experiences still have?


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