Go and Tell

By Rick Maupin, Council of Twelve Apostles

In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort, as it was called. He was a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God. One afternoon at about three o’clock he had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.” He stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” He answered, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.  Acts 10:1–4

Organized in 1989, the church in Jamaica is in transition. The first generation of leaders is passing on, and a new generation is moving to the forefront.

For the future growth of the church in Jamaica and for the success of these new leaders, it is important that they have a strong connection with the church’s identity, mission, and message.

Recently several of the current and potential leaders gathered for a weeklong leadership-training event.

It focused on educating and equipping young adults to go and tell—to be leaders and missionaries.

At the end of the week a young-adult leader challenged others by saying, “The key to the future is that we do not place what we have learned on a shelf. We need to take this back to our congregations and help them grow in their understanding of scripture and church mission.”

Your contributions to World Mission Tithes made it possible to rent space and bring these leaders together for this important event. Thank you for responding generously.

Prayer for Peace:

Divine Listener, our prayers journey to you. We offer ourselves to help your children and therefore to honor you. In humbleness we ask you to accept what we offer toward sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice:

Imagine or write a journal description of a banquet for your congregation and community. Envision rich sharing among diverse groups as people plan, cook, eat, share stories, and perhaps sing, or pray together. Prayerfully consider this question: “Is there a way for me to transform this vision into a real event?” What does the table ministry of Jesus look like in your personal and congregational life?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will not take what I learn of you and place it on a shelf or hide it under a bushel. I will expand on it through my witness.

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