- Read the prayer.
- Take the quiz.
- Distribute to a group of your friends.
- Compare your answers
Dr. Robert Newton, former missionary to the Philippines and current district president and PLI Board member, explained that when they were missionaries in the Philippines they would kneel down, hold hands and pray the essence of these two prayers as they prepared to enter a village.
We have now come with the One you know as Lord. You, Evil Spirits! You must leave. And…
Lord, if you would. Identify for us those that could become Spiritual Leaders in this place.
1 – Would you pray a similar prayer with your group?
2A – If you answered “No,” which answer(s) best reflect your reason.
____ I don’t see the people around our church as a mission field.
____ I/we don’t have any plans to engage our mission field.
____ The Evil Spirits are overseas. No Evil Spirits here.
____ Never thought God might raise up new leaders to energize our mission field.
____ Honestly, it’s outside my comfort zone.
____ Other: ____________________
2B – If you answered “Yes,” which of the following best reflects your reason?
____ It’s a mission field around our church and I/we feel called to reach it.
____ Spiritual strongholds overseas. Spiritual strongholds here. I get that.
____ Mission field overseas. Mission field here. Same thing.
____ We need the Spirit of God to breakthrough and accomplish more than we can imagine.
____ It might feel weird at first but I/we can get over it.
So, a couple of things…
- Thanks for being in the PLI family. Gail and I are blessed to be partners with you!
- Don’t think right or wrong answers. Just honest answers.
- Forward this to the members of your group/board//study/congregation. Seriously! Just do it.
- If you’re not already taking some type of action, what action could you agree to take?
It’s possible that we’re so focused on our congregations and what is or is not happening that we’re failing to see a U.S. missionary world exploding before our eyes. And, because we’re looking through the wrong lens, we’re seeing the wrong things.
We just heard last week about a lay leader in Iowa who started looking through a different lens in his neighborhood. Two men came to faith and were baptized! Mission field lens adjustment. Spirit working through the Word!
PLI’s 1000 Young Leaders will recruit, train and release “indigenous missionaries“ to their own generation that’s gone from the church. They all have names! Some are our own sons, daughters, siblings, grandchildren.
PLI’s Missional Leader starts next month in Florida and will train women and men of any vocation and any age. Maybe it’s time for you or for a whole group of you to share the excitement and start to think, see and act like a missionary in your own community.
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