One of the exciting parts of ministry is interacting with people–whether on a missions team to Haiti or visiting churches–ministry provides many opportunities to reach out to others. Recently we spoke at the church Olivia’s family attends and we had an encouraging and blessed evening. To make this missions night extra special, we created a “Taste of Haiti” and made rice & beans, pikliz (spicy slaw), and fish sauce. Aside from the pikliz burning the mouths of our faithful attendees, the food was a success!
Initially, we only had 3 people RSVP but ended up having 30+ people attend–which was a huge blessing.
Zachery spoke and was incredible as he described what we’ll be doing in Haiti, where we’ll be living, and how we support ourselves. But mostly, he stressed the point of the different areas of support. Many people hear the word, “support” and think it means monthly pledge checks, annual fundraising letters, and a sacrifice of their time. Sure, this is true some of the time, but there are many times when support means much more than writing a check–it means prayer and encouragement.
Prayer is one of our biggest forms of support–we can’t do much in ministry without it. Which is why it’s encouraging to know our brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for us.
Encouragement is huge because we need uplifting emails, letters, phone calls, or notes–especially when the going gets tough. 1 Thessalonians 5 is a beautiful chapter that defines encouragement in ministry and the vitality of it:
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.”
Speaking of prayer…please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to travel in the next few weeks!