Speaking of global missions, Dave Black shares some of the lessons that he’s learned while traveling to Ethiopia two times per year since 2004 (Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:40 a.m.).
Here are his “lessons learned”:
- Practical Christian fellowship calls for help when it is needed and not merely when it is asked for.
- Believers are, and always will be, saints together, regardless of race, nationality, political affiliation, or denomination. Yes, I said denomination.
- If I want to serve God I must never dash ahead of Him in impetuous enthusiasm nor lag behind Him in double-minded unbelief.
- Only when I apply the truth to my own life diligently can I prove my Christian discipleship to others, Ethiopians included.
- I must live sacrificially for others. Only then can I can rightly reflect the one who “though He was rich yet for our sakes became poor so that we through His poverty might become rich.”
- Missionary work is non-stop, 24/7. To call Sunday the “Lord’s Day” doesn’t mean that the other days belong to me.
- Spiritual warfare is never easy, and we are likely to get hurt. But the final victory is ours.
Have you learned any of these lessons?