“blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it.” Luke 10:23-24
These are the words of Jesus to His disciples on return from their first mission trip. They returned with joy and were amazed at what they had seen. They went to be a blessing, yet in return, were blessed.
The same is heard today from those who go on short term mission trips to advance the Gospel. The following are responses were from a team on the September Planting Trip:
· Rhoda said, “I was given hope. I saw how much they need our prayers.”
· Samuel said, “It was a challenge for me. But I gained courage to pay the price for others to hear the Gospel. I will now use my gift of teaching and tell the Bible in 10 stories.”
· Joseph said, “God has a purpose for Mt Elgon. Our hearts are together. We need to pray for the laborers and continue the teachings.”
· Benson said, “I am happy this morning. Our labor was not in vain.”
· Flora said, “I saw the hand of God. I have been studying theology. Now I am seeking the will of God for my direction.”
These responses come from the team of Kenyans sent by the church of Kapkilel in Kenya. They see that God can use them to be a blessing to others. They see the blessing of sending, going, and giving. They now see what prophets and kings have longed to see.
Kenyans are catching the vision to go and make disciples of all nations through the Kenya and Beyond strategy.