Missions in the 21st Century

Two weeks ago, I was in Uganda on a missions trip. Within a day I traveled from the tropical Pearl of Africa to the chilly Northern European hub of Amsterdam to the rainy City by the Bay. That’s three continents in one 24 hour period and I was still able to check social media updates and buy a book on Amazon while doing it. 

The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
— Henry Martyn

Missions in the 21st century is radically different from what it was when Hudson Taylor boarded a ship to go and die in China. That was a very real possibility for every mission trip even within the past 100 years, but with the advances in travel, medicine, and technology there is not the same concerns there once were. 

Here at Refuge, we’re just now really getting our feet wet with planned, organized missions efforts. The question is, how could such a small church have an impact in world missions? Don’t we need lots of money or don’t we have to be a part of an organization?

Mission in the 21st century is different and our perspective on missions needs to be re-oriented.  You might be asking yourself, can I make any kind of impact? The answer is yes. The core of missions is just as it was with Isaiah so many years ago: “Here am I, Lord, send me.” 

Willingness is the first ingredient a follower of Jesus brings to the equation. But that ingredient added to all the new advances in the 21st century will make for an exciting generation of ministry. 

In this blog series we will explore Mission in the 21st Century and how we can orient our willingness into Gospel and Kingdom action.

- Nicolai