By Bill MacLeod
Once a month for the past thirteen years, the people who help to organize our January Mission ConneXion Northwest event have met together the third Thursday morning of each month at City Bible Church in Portland.
By Bill MacLeod
The day after that first Easter, Luke 24 tells us how Jesus appeared without being recognized to two disciples who were still reeling from the events of the weekend surrounding Jesus’ death. We get a candid, eyewitness account of just how downcast so many others also probably felt that day. While they had heard about the empty tomb, they were still unaware of His resurrection – that He was alive. Jesus goes along with them, both on the road and in conversation, even prompting them to explain to Him what things were so troubling to them when He asks, “What things?”
If you just attended the recent Mission ConneXion Northwest 2015 “Barriers and Breakthroughs” event, you know those attending the many workshops, plenary sessions, and Exhibits were encouraged to follow the call of God on their life, and to support others who have made that commitment. Many stories are emerging of what the Lord did this year. One story that surfaced actually began 2 years ago – at our 2013 event.
Betsy Rouse, had just returned from a year of serving as a journalist with Operation Mobilization in the UK when she was interviewed on the main stage. Megan Peet was a seventeen-year old high school student who had always loved stories, and writing. As Betsy shared about the need for writers on the field, Megan’s interest began to peak. “I could totally do that!” Megan thought to herself, as did her parents sitting nearby.
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I’ve always loved that quote by Helen Keller, and especially what precedes it: “ “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were noble.” Whatever is being accomplished through Mission ConneXion is being carried out by you who are fulfilling humble tasks that are truly gallant. The real nobles in our book of volunteers include:
By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director
Years ago while working on a city-wide effort in a foreign city I had a colleague who was invited to join our team because others observed how faithfully he had carried out the most menial tasks without complaining when his supervisor had asked him to do so. He once told me something, tongue-in-cheek, that I have never forgotten: “Everybody wants to be a servant until he is treated like one!”