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Sharing in Mission
A friend once visited with someone who spoke intimately of a certain section of China; he mentioned specific towns and villages, certain missionaries in various stations and the names of several Chinese pastors. When asked when he had been in China, he replied that he had never been in China, but years before his college roommate had gone there as a missionary. Through the years they corresponded regularly and he had spent a great deal of time praying for his friend and that ministry. He had marked on maps the trips his friend had described. He had dotted on a map churches and chapels mentioned and memorized the names of those believers about whom the missionary wrote. He had supported the work with funds, particularly if there had been special needs. He had also supported efforts to help educate young men in this region. Daily, he lifted up in prayer those who had become his co-workers in China. Indeed, this work had also become his parish.
We, too, can travel with our gifts and our prayers to unknown lands and to multitudes hungry for the love of God and His salvation. We can win some of that for which Christ died and lay it at His feet as a part of our own heart. John Wesley, the founding father of Methodism, used to say, "The world is my parish!" Can we say the same thing?
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