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Responding to the Call
by Keith Tooley, On Mission Pastor on May 12th, 2012

A lot of great things are happening with Global Missions. Our congregation continues to respond to the call to “go to the ends of the earth.” Where do I begin?

First of all, can you believe that 85 people have already been on one of the three short-term trips so far this year! That is a big chunk of our congregation. These trips include the Chinese New Year trip to Thailand, the Spring Break Youth Ministry trip to Thailand, and the Spring Break Progreso, TX trip.

A sampling of what our BIG God did on these trips includes: thousands of Bibles distributed to Chinese tourists; many children and adults responding to the gospel message; the building of a home and other construction projects for needy families; ministering to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of those in jails, slums, families in poor neighborhoods; outreaches to teens, men and women; training for church leaders; and much more. If I had a couple of more pages available in this blog, I could include dozens of things God did on each one of these trips.

Next month we will send our first team to Taiwan through our long-term partnership with Southern Cross, which recently moved its operations from Thailand to Taiwan. God has provided nine people – from three churches - to go on this trip. And one of these families, who attend our church plant - The Church at Bee Caves - were missionaries to Taiwan for 16 years! What a bonus to have them on this trip! And we are excited to see what other ministry partners, besides Southern Cross, God might connect us with while we are there.

In July, our Youth Ministry will go on its annual summer trip to Progreso, TX. And through the Church Builders organization, our church will send a team somewhere in the United States (we should have the location any day now) where they will work with churches all over the nation to help build a church in one week - from the foundation up!

Sometime in the Fall, we will send a team to East Asia to work with our missionaries there. Won’t you pray about going?

One of our new missions initiatives is the East Asia Strategic Team. This team has formulated a long-range plan to help the missionaries there accomplish their goals to reach an Unreached People Group, or UPG. (This is a people group where less than 2% are believers.) This team will be implementing this plan over the next several years until this people group is “reached” – meaning 10% believers.

Another exciting thing to report is that we have several families and individuals in our congregation who are either praying about, or planning, to become long-term missionaries. One of those families will be headed to Turkey in August to serve as teachers there for a year.

The call to “go” has been declared. Are you going? Do you want to go? Will you go? Will you at least pray about going? I return from every mission trip amazed and changed by God. Come aboard. Join us. God will grow you leaps and bounds. And you will be tremendously blessed for making this investment in the Kingdom.

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