Welcome to the first COAH Missions blog. Instead of being a blog about what we are doing, we are hoping that this blog can be about what God has called you to do, and to share some lessons that we have learned about following Christ and living as families in missional communities with other Christ followers. We'll also want to provide some opportunities to connect with others who are on mission, and learn what it means to hear God and obey Him.
It's easy to recognize that we are all called to be on mission, and even have the desire to step out and teach our kids about being on mission. The hard part is actually putting that into play. Where do I go? What do I do? How do I find time in my schedule? I have young children, can God really use us as a family on mission? I'm single...just one person, can God really use me?
The answer to the last two questions, is a resounding yes...you were created to be His kingdom agents, and He has a place for you.
The answer to the first three questions, is only found in Christ. No one can tell you what to do, or where to go except for the Master himself. We use a simple pattern called B.L.E.S.S to remind us how to hear.
Over the next few entries, I will describe how we've seen each step work...covering one letter at a time.
The first letter stands for "Begin with prayer". Ask God where he is sending you and your family...and expect an answer. As you pray, begin looking around your neighborhood, your work, your school...ask God to speak to you and show you where he is leading you. He will answer you...he will show you where to go. If God truly has a mission for you, then hearing him is the first step.
As we prayed that prayer, God began to show our family his heart for the poor. It happened as we read His word, spent time in prayer, and walked with other believers, but God showed us clearly that was where he was sending us. Ultimately this led us to visit a place called Unity Park in Fort Worth. We weren't sure what we would do there, or who we would meet, but it was the first step in obedience.
Where is God calling you...what is His mission for you. I challenge you to spend some time with Him...and when you hear, move...
If you are wanting to explore some opportunities, and learn what it means to be a family on mission or be part of a missional community...and you live in the DFW area, we have some opportunities.
1) Connect with us at our house on Sunday afternoons where we come together for worship, prayer and encouragement where we push each other to hear and step into God's leading.
2) Join us at Unity Park in Fort Worth as we reach out and minister to the homeless...loving them and building relationships with them.
3) Join us at Mission Arlington once a month to serve the poor.
4) If you are interested in exploring what it means to be a family on mission internationally, come with us to Cusco, Peru on what we call our "family Mission trips." Our next trip is Nov. 19th - 27th, we'd love to have you join us.
Feel free to share in the comments where God has led your family to serve Him...
We pray that you would learn what it means hear God, and step out as families on mission,