This morning, a group of us gathered around 14 individuals in prayer as they prepared to load up a van and head off to the airport. Thus begins the journey as they make their way to Moldova.
Trips such as these are a part of who we are as a church. We consider this to be a critical part of our vision to impact our world with compassion and hope. And so, some of us go and some of us send.
As they travel, we pray that the compassion and hope of Jesus will be abundantly evident through this team. They will serve and be served, pray and be prayed for. They will give and they will receive. This sort of thing has been happening all throughout the history of the church: praying for and sending God's people in Jesus' name to be His hands and feet of compassion; His voice of hope.
"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off." (Acts 13:2-3)
Sending and going looks a little different these days. Travel is faster, safer and more accessible than it was in the time of the early church. Some people go for a short time and some for a long time. The reasons for going remain the same: to give witness to who Jesus is, in word and in deed.
Please pray as the team makes their way to Moldova over the next couple of days.