I'm reading through the Old Testament right now and have been pondering God's breathtaking promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:
The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."
—Genesis 12: 1-3
God tells Abraham that through his descendents, all nations will be blessed. Since we are part of the Church, we are now "Abraham's offspring" (Galatians 3:29) and therefore part of the plan for God to bless all people of the world. Jesus himself sends his disciples out into the world with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
As I reflect on this, I'm so grateful for the many Sonlighters who have followed God's call to reach the world. While many (like my family) find our life's calling in our home cultures, many have chosen to leave their homes, travel to distant lands, and live among peoples who do not know Christ.
I pray that the sacrificial work of these precious brothers and sisters will transform the peoples among whom they live. May they be salt and light in dark places. I pray, too, that we who remain at home will remember to support them.
... And with all of these thoughts in mind, I pray that the following song will be an encouragement to all of us who consider ourselves members of the Body of Christ: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJfSp_rceFs.