The all time greatest synonym for missions.

world mapIn the church, we like to use the word missions alot. Missions as a single thing, or a noun in and of itself. Not simply the plural of mission. In fact, like many other words, you will probably only hear the word missions in church. (When is the last time you said fellowship outside of church, really?)

Although missions is used often, it has different meanings to different people. IN other words, what’s considered missions to one is not to another.

Digging a well in Asia. Missions.

Traveling to a location known for its beaches to “evangelize.” Not missions.

Sewing clothes for orphans in Africa. Definitely missions.

Trip to Mexico that includes both serving the poor and cancun beaches. Maybe missions.

You see how confusing it can get. So I offer the greatest synonym ever.

You may think you are ahead of me with words like charity or benevolence. Incorrect. You may be getting really churchy with “The least of these.” Sorry. You may be trendy with outreach or classic with evangelism. All are great guesses, but all fall short for different reasons.

This entire thought has come up because we are building a new children’s center at M1A. As I have prayed about the project, my overwhelming thought has become this new building is a missions project. When we build a building in Panama, it is a missions project. Why then would it be viewed any differently here? The Bible tells us that we are to go into all the world. This includes our own backyard. We are also told that the Holy Spirit will empower us to be witnesses in Jerusalem. This meaning our hometown.

Digging a well in Asia. Missions.

Traveling to a location known for its beaches to “evangelize.” Missions.

Sewing clothes for orphans in Africa. Missions.

Trip to Mexico that includes both serving the poor and cancun beaches. Missions.

It’s all missions because it is all reaching people with the gospel and love. The greatest synonym for missions is people.

What’s the greatest missions moment of your life?

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