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Mission Life in Southeast Asia: Finding Salvation

When I list the goals we've set as a team on my personal to-do list, I feel a multitude of a feelings ranging from panic to complacency. I'm confident these are not the feelings Jesus wants to drive us in partnering with Him in His work. The words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 ring true for me during this season, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” 

Praise the Lord that salvation isn’t found in completed checklists, churches planted and the number of individuals we disciple. Salvation is found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ. I need to be reminded to not fixate on the task at hand, on just doing and striving. The most important, and sometimes difficult, work is found in coming to Jesus and taking His lighter yoke upon myself and learning from Him. It lies in abiding in and spending time with Him, in obeying His voice over my to-do list.

I don’t want to be in Southeast Asia in order to vainly and fruitlessly build upon my own foundation. I want to be involved in truly impactful work that lasts and that bears much fruit for the glory of God in Jesus. May God bless you and I with the desire to come to Jesus, to lean on and learn from Him, and to live lives of obedience that bear much fruit wherever we are.

Signing off,

Pine Ridge: Working with the Lakota

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Today half of our team went to support the Carrying the Cross across the reservation. They covered about 8 miles today. Tomorrow there are another 9 miles to go, and we will be sending the remaining men who have not had a chance to help. Those of us that stayed back had a great devotion where we learned that the Lakota are concerned that mission teams are not respecting their culture and heritage. Some of them struggle with many of the churches on the reservation that are led by outside missionaries. They want to be part of a Lakota church, not a church as it is defined by those from outside of the reservation. We know how important it is to provide support, but ultimately let them lead. They emphasized with us that that basis of the Lakota culture is to love and respect everyone, just as Jesus taught. We need to make sure we are not forcing our ways on them. It was a great and open discussion.

This evening we met up with the local team sponsoring the Cross Carrying event and shared a meal and discussed how the event is affecting those they meet on the long trek. We also prayed for the reservation and that this event spurs more Lakota to come to Jesus.

We also continued our work projects.

Please pray that the cross carrying event impacts the reservation and for our community outreach BBQ, in which we are providing the food, celebrates this event. We are expecting to serve over 100 people.

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