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You Don't Have to Quit Your Job to be a Missionary

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How could I ever be considered a missionary?  

Have you thought that before?  

Missionaries aren’t necessarily those who have a special calling from God.  I believe God has called all followers of Christ to take up the mantle of letting the whole world know about Jesus.

More than ever before in history, secular companies are having a global influence.  They are sending employees overseas to work in large, exciting cities like Prague, Dubai, and London.  Could it be that this economic globalization is part of God’s plan to get His gospel around the world?  I think so!

Does living abroad excite you?  Would the possibility of using your professional skills to open the door to missions opportunities intrigue you?  

This Wednesday night, September 23, a special guest from the International Mission Board will talk about how this can be a real possibility for you.  I hope you’ll join us at 6:30pm in room A209 to hear how God could use your job and skill set to be a missionary overseas.  

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The Singing Christmas Tree - a Family Tradition

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by Shawn Nix 

The Singing Christmas Tree at Shandon has been a part of my family Christmas tradition since the very beginning of the event.   The very first year, my dad helped with construction of the Tree, both of my parents sang on the Tree, and I helped with parking as a middle school student. As a college student, I would race home after final exams to serve wherever someone was needed.  When I lived in other states, I would try my best to come back home for The Tree.  It was our family tradition!  

Thirteen years ago my father passed away unexpectedly.  It was the week prior to “Tree week,”  but my mother didn’t think twice about singing that year.  The choir became our comfort and encouragement during that difficult holiday season.  It just wouldn't have been our family Christmas without being a part of The Tree.

When I had children, it was really important for me to share the tradition of The Singing Christmas Tree with them.  So, three years ago when my husband, children, and I returned to Columbia, one of the first things I did was join the choir at Shandon.  That fall, the Tree became a Christmas tradition for a new generation in our family.  My mother, my daughter, and I all sang in The Tree.  It was incredibly special to me to have three generations of family participating.  Now, as soon as we get our rehearsal CD, we pop it in the CD player, and my kids and I have such an incredible time talking about what each song means and why we sing it.  We get to talk about the “real” meaning of Christmas from September to December!

Twenty-five years from that first year of The Tree when I served as a middle school student, my mother, my two children, and I continue our family Christmas tradition of serving.  I encourage you to start your own tradition this year!  From on stage to off stage, there are so many ways to get involved.

Learn more about serving at the 25th anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree on Sunday, September 27. Find out the details.

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