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3 Ways to Make a Global Impact

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Get involved in missions in 2015 and together we can make a global impact with the message of Jesus Christ. 

Here are 3 ways to make missions personal...

KNOW

Find out where Shandon is heading!  In about a week and half, you should be receiving the first issue of our new GO. Serve. magazine.  In it are stories from those who went on mission trips last year, information about where we’re headed, and an idea of what’s next for missions at Shandon.

 

GO

Go on a trip!  We’re adding three new sites this year, including South Sudan and India.  Begin praying about where God will send you or pray for those He is calling to go.

 

 

GIVE

Give through your tithes and offerings to the Global Harvest Fund.  This is a special budget line in our church that we use to help send people on short-term trips and to support missionaries in the field full-time.  These funds are also used for special missions projects.

 


Upcoming Mission Trip Interest Meetings

Scotland

This team will work with the International Mission Board missionaries to provide a VBS, bible studies for adults, a block party for the community, and personal evangelism. For more information, attend one of the interest meetings on Sunday, January 18 at 5pm in room B119 or Wednesday, January 21 at 6:35pm in room B227.

Nicaragua

This team will be ministering to an orphanage and around the barrio (village) handing out toiletry packets, leading a VBS and sharing Christ with those we meet. For more information, attend one of the interest meetings on Sunday, January 25 at 4pm in room A207 or Wednesday, January 28 at 6:35pm in room A207.

 

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2015 Missions Sneak Peek: India

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Last month, I went to Kolkata, India with our Student Minister, Frank Shimkus, to scout out new opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a country Shandon has never sent mission teams to.  In 2015, Shandon will send 2 teams--one youth and one adult.

This was my third trip back to India since my wife, Emily, and I finished our 3-year assignment in 2008.  It's always a thrill for me to take people to India for the first time. It's a long trip, and each person reacts differently to the pressures of international travel. India is a developing third-world nation that will capture your heart, and at the same time, assault your senses of smell, sight, and hearing.  Our boy Frank handled all of it like a pro! 

After a 21-hour trip from Columbia, to Atlanta, to Amsterdam, to Delhi, we finally arrived in Kolkata about 8am, and immediately, we were taken to a training for pastors.  We learned that there are 90 million people who live in an area the size of South Carolina (South Carolina's population is only about 4 million).  Yet among these 90 million people, only about 2% of them have heard the name Jesus!  It seems so hopeless, but after the training, we were inspired and encouraged by the national pastors who are taking Jesus' name to the far corners of India.  

We also visited Mother Teresa's Prem Dan, a facility that takes in and cares for those who cannot take care of themselves.  Prem Dan is located next some train tracks in a small community.  Shandon's two mission teams will have the opportunity serve "the least of these" and love those who will never be able to repay them.  

Rows of cots at Prem Dan
Rows of cots at Prem Dan

Serving at Prem Dan will mean changing soiled bed sheets, washing dishes, serving morning chai and cookies, shaving beards, and many other tasks that most of us would never choose to do but that give us the opportunity to serve in the name of Jesus and allow Him to do heart work on us.

In next week's post, you'll hear how Shandon will partner with organizations that fight human-trafficking and the sex slavery businesses and go to places where the gospel has yet to be preached.

Stay tuned...

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