Give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.
Deuteronomy 15:11 (The Message)
Maybe it’s not possible for you personally to go into all the world, but there are plenty of opportunities to enter the mission fields all around you. As soon as you open your front door, the mission fields await.
The Lutheran World Relief Quilt Campaign is one such mission outreach. This organization describes its outreach to “not only comfort someone you have never met, but provide an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined.” Quilts are used as baby carriers, as market displays spread on the ground and piled with vegetables, or simply as a constant reminder that someone far away really cares.
Quilters, please consider getting involved in this or another project. There’s no need to leave home to be a missionary. Think about it. Wouldn’t you be a grateful recipient of the caring work of others halfway around the world or across the street?
Christ said to go into the entire world and spread the gospel. A quilt or other quilting project can carry the love of Christ to places you might never see in person. Christ’s mission was to seek and save the lost. He gave His followers the same commission. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through you by caring for your neighbor as well as those who live around the globe. The Bible challenges us to serve and in turn, we are served in times of need.
The satisfaction you’ll receive in serving others with your talents will be payback enough. That’s a promise.
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Where’s a mission field you can enter?
by Gayle Ottemiller
Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.