In our several months of writing this blog, we haven’t hesitated to share our needs with you. We’ve asked for (among other things):
—regular financial partners.
—money for a new van.
—commitments to attend various events, including our iGO Missions Conference and ManUp/ReignOn weekends.
But there’s one thing we almost always ask for along with these other requests: prayer. That’s because prayer is what we need more than anything else.
Prayer moves our hearts toward the lost.
Prayer sends us to the mission field.
Prayer brings us the funds to get there.
Prayer protects us from the evil one.
Prayer prepares the way for us to share the gospel.
Prayer opens the doors wide and brings us opportunities we never expected.
Prayer overcomes government red tape, travel restrictions and all the other problems overseas travel (especially group travel) brings with it.
Prayer brings healing.
Prayer produces miracles.
Prayer changes the world.
Prayer changes us.
So when you see our needs listed here or elsewhere, please know it’s never just the money or the van or the personnel we need. It’s prayer. Because prayer brings us into intimate connection with the Father, whose ways are the answer to every one of our needs and each one of our requests.
And please know that as you pray for us, we’re praying for you, too. Feel free to share your needs and know we will lift them before the Father.
Because prayer matters. And so do you.
Missions mobilization can take many different forms. Sometimes, it means we pray. Sometimes, it means we give. Sometimes, it means we go.
Luke gives us a clue about this topic in the ninth chapter of his Gospel, when he tells us the following story of the Savior: “But when He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they fainted and were scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:36-38).
Why do we mobilize for missions? Because people need a Savior. What better way to describe our world today than “harassed and helpless”? When we travel to the mission field, whether next door or across the sea, we meet people who are “harassed and helpless.” They need the peace and joy a relationship with Jesus brings. They need to know Him.
Why do we mobilize for missions? Because workers are few. Many people will talk about missions. Many will say they support missions. But few will surrender to the Lord and go or give as He desires.
Why do we mobilize for missions? Because we want to partner with God in prayer. No matter what else we can or can’t do, we can ask Him to send workers. Some of us cannot go for physical or other reasons. But we can have a “go” mind- and heart-set and support those who can. This is where we can fulfill the true intent of this passage.
Right now, Awe Star wants to mobilize for missions through the purchase of another 15-passenger van. We are traveling by van not only south of the border this year (Mexico) but also north (Canada). We need a reliable van to transport students not only across the border but to the various ministry sites in both these countries as we take the gospel wherever God empowers us to go. We need to keep them safe. We need to be wise stewards. We need to reach more people in more places.
If God moves your heart with compassion and you feel led to help us, please click this lick to set up your one-time or recurring gift. Know that you are not just partnering with Awe Star—you are partnering with the Lord of the harvest as together, we mobilize for missions.