A Harvest/Mission Whirlwind

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In the 18 years or so that I (and for many years my family as well) have been involved in global missions, we’ve come to expect that the months of September through November will always be busy. Just talk to any cross-cultural missionary, international missions’ office staff members, and the vast majority of churches that support them all and you’ll quickly understand that these fall months have for years been equated with the idea of harvest (physical and spiritual) and missions. And for me, this past fall season was definitely no exception as harvest and mission involved all of these opportunities in 5 short weeks:

– Vancouver, BC – Blue Ocean Gathering – An amazing time with 50 or so other church/ministry leaders from across the NAB. A time of challenge as to what it means to live missionally as churches and individuals. An unparalleled time to be with a diverse group of leaders in one place.

– Porto Alegre & Uruguaiana, Brazil – Diverse opportunities to speak to pastors at a Baptist Seminary and in a church involved in Sister Church Partnership. Further proof that God has called his ‘whole church’ (not just North Americans) to reach the world.

– St. Albert, AB – Short Term Mission Leader Workshop (STMLW) – A great group of current and potential STM Team Leaders seeking to do mission with excellence.

– East Asia – A blessed time of challenge, fellowship, and encouragement.

– Kelowna, BC – STMLW, Long-Term Partnership Orientation and Grace Baptist Visit – A church that is ready to begin a new phase of understanding what it means to be involved in international missions. The future is bright at Grace because the people there are ready and willing to be used both in the world and in Kelowna.

– Roseville, CA – A chance to share about all that God has done in these weeks with our NAB office staff and for Shelly and me to enjoy Thanksgiving fellowship with the team there.

There’s much more I could say to be sure; please give me a call or write!

For the Kingdom, Randy Schmor