As ambassadors for Christ, going out into the mission field is just part of the calling.
Many feel the tug on their hearts, but few actually step out in faith. To those who are still on the fence, Pastor Joe Ferraro of the Calvary Chapel Sandalfoot campus has a message for you: “GO! Don’t feel like you have to be Super Missionary or Bible-Man. You just have to have a love for God and a love for people. Don’t let your lack of confidence or your fear keep you, because it’s His will that you go, and He promises to go with you!”
We achieved exceedingly, abundantly beyond what we could have ever hoped to achieve and experience. Everywhere we went people were opening their hearts to the Lord; at the mall, in the village, even outside of a bar.
---Pastor Joe Ferraro
Pastor Joe just came back from leading a group of twenty-two missionaries (10 first timers) to Nicaragua; a group made up of teachers, postal workers, federal agents, and one enthusiastic nineteen year old. On their journey, they went to the New Song Mission in Chichigalpa and Calvary Chapel Managua. When asked what the trip entailed, Pastor Joe said Evangelism! The team spent time helping on work projects, doing a lot of outreach in the parks and the community, and we even went to do some ministry in the dump, where we were just bringing hope to those folks who live there. Our objective was just to go out there and evangelize, share the Gospel and come alongside and assist these missionaries that are already there.
We achieved exceedingly, abundantly beyond what we could have ever hoped to achieve and experience. Everywhere we went people were opening their hearts to the Lord; at the mall, in the village, even outside of a bar. One night, we started chatting with this man who was standing outside a bar in Chichigalpa. We started sharing the Gospel and loving him and right there outside of the bar he received Jesus. The next morning he joined us at church and we gave him a Bible and it was just neat. We were making these connections and reaching out with the Word everywhere we went. And there are tons of stories just like that.
There is no doubt; people’s lives are changed as a result of missions. And it’s not just those being ministered to that experience change, but also those who minister. Joe spoke of a team member who had never openly prayed in public, and by the end of the trip he had not only spoken in front of the entire congregation, but also led more than ten people to Jesus.
If you’ve been wrestling with this idea of stepping out in faith onto the mission field, take Pastor Joe’s advice and just GO! You’ll be amazed what God can do in and through you.