Thursday, August 16, 2012

Argentina Mission Report - Jena Mayo

Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Insights: As you have read throughout this week you know God really displayed His greatness and glory during this mission’s trip.  Today’s testimony comes from Jena Mayo.  One of the ministries we participated in this week was speaking at a school which taught English.  Like a lot of schools we were not permitted to bring up Jesus and the gospel unless the students initiated the conversation.  The team specifically spoke to three classes, but this particular portion of the testimony dealt with the young adult class.  Our team was introduced and the class then asked why we were in Argentina, first door opened.  The team proceeded to tell the students a little about themselves—marital status, occupation, etc.  When it was Jena’s turn she informed the class she was a science teacher, second door opened.  One of the men in the class was interested in science and had been reading books by Richard Dawkins, a proselytizing atheist.  The student asked Jena how she as a science teacher reconciled creationism verse evolution, third door opened.  Jena then had the opportunity to explain her beliefs and why she believes in a creator God.  Now we don’t know what has happened in this young man’s life, or the rest of the class for that matter, but all who were there have had the seeds of the gospel planted because of Jena’s willingness to share the reason for the hope of her salvation.  This testimony reminds me of 2 Timothy 4:2 where Paul wrote, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-- with great patience and careful instruction.”  Jena did not know she was going to get asked to defend creation and God against evolution and the world, but she was ready in season (her classroom) and out of season (on this mission trip) to give a good word for Jesus.  Baptist used to be known as people of the Book (referencing the Bible).  I don’t know how many of us can be classified that way today.  Beloved, study to show yourself approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15) and be ready in season and out to give a reason for your hope in Jesus.

  1. Are you willing to study and grow in order to give a good answer for the Lord?
  2. How equipped are you to give a good word for the Lord?
Prayer: Lord, You tell me I have the mind of Christ.  May my words display this reality and give me the boldness to proclaim Your truth at all times.  Amen.

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