An Acts-ive Faith (Part 17b)

Acts 17: Gratitude

Acts 16:40, 17:1 After leaving the jail, they came to Lydia’s house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and departed. Then they travelled through Amphipolis and Apollnia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.

I am grateful for the spread of the gospel. I am grateful for the missionary journeys that Paul and his group undertook.

But I am also grateful for something else: the four time in my life when God allowed me to be part of short-term missions. In February of 1986, I went to St Lucia and Barbados as a helper to an elderly missionary, In February of 1996, I was part of a church group that was ministering in Russia and Estonia and in 2001 I was a part of another church group that ministered in Guatemala. I am also thankful for the time my husband and I spent attending a church in which the senior pastors and many of the congregation grew up in Nigeria. I owned beautiful Nigerian outfits, before I owned a Scottish tartan (which is part of my own ancestry).

Question: How do I participate in missions at this time of my life?

Prayer: God, as I think about the world, and what some of your people in it our currently facing, I cry out to you for mercy. With a thankful heart, I say pour out your blessings on those that need them. Amen.

CC: K Carswell 2022

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by Permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible, Holman CSB and HCSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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