Tomorrow I leave for India. This trip is one of those God things. It came out of left field a couple of months ago and I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first. India was not on my radar for this year. “Why are you calling me to go there, God?” Of course, I’m sure many Bible characters from Abraham to Paul and many others in between asked the same thing. But God has shown me in a number of ways that I was to go on this trip. So, here I go.
This trip has caused me to think a lot about the simple church movement in the West and how we can impact simple churches around the world. Here are some things that you and your church can do:
Pray. This might seem obvious but praying for our brothers and sisters who live in areas with little resources and among people who are hostile towards Christianity is crucial. They need our prayers daily. Don’t forget them.
Support Financially. This is a tricky one. Sometimes just sending money can hurt a situation more than help. You should seek wise counsel and contact someone who has actually been to the area where you are sending financial help before doing so. Some people believe that Americans are all wealthy and will support them for life. Our goal is to partner with Christians so that Kingdom work can be done.
Go. Meeting the people you are praying for and seeing the work first hand is always the best way to be educated. This will give you a heart for the church abroad more than anything else you can do. Would you like to go to Africa, South America or South East Asia? I know some simple church pastors who would love to host you and your organic community. If you would be interested in going on an overseas mission trip with House2House please contact me at Ken@house2house.com. I would love to talk to you about it.
A phrase that we often hear in simple church is, “Don’t go to church, be the church.” Being the church can happen anywhere. It can be small and simple. But we can’t forget that Jesus died for all people and has commissioned us to “go into all the world.” If our simple, house Churches are truly going to be missional then we need to love our neighbors all around the world. This can be risky, uncomfortable and hard work. It can also be a wonderful adventure.