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STMT — Stay Out of Your Comfort Zone

 短宣— 跳出你的舒适区

Dn Jeffrey Soh 苏炳发执事

So you are going on a mission trip! It is time for God to use you to accomplish His purposes and advance His kingdom. Are you excited? You should be. Are you worried about raising support? You are not alone. Why are you going? What is your motivation? What type of experience are you looking for?

Mission trips often bring about changes in the participants. It may change how he or she views the world, or how he or she understands God. The changes brought about in the lives of missions-goers, however, is not the main motivation for participating in mission trips. We should remain focused on God and His purposes for the trip, rather than focused on ourselves. Ask yourself why you are going on this trip. Although experiencing and serving in a different culture may open a participant's eyes, this result should be secondary to the ultimate goal for the trip. How can you see what God's doing when you're focused on what is happening inside yourself? Concentrate on what you see God doing.

Short-term Mission Trips (STMT) can involve you in construction, evangelism, teaching, medical work and many other areas. Do you have a particular skill that will enable you to contribute something to the Team when you participate? Do not think you need to be a gifted engineer to work on a construction project. Just your presence brings the intangibles such as encouragement and support to the brethren you work with. The more you feel you have made a significant contribution, the more you will be motivated to participate on a second and third trip in the future!

STMT opens your eyes. Few of us are not aware of the depth of our blindness. When you are exposed to new cultures, new people, and new ways of seeing and doing things, your eyes are opened, you experience a paradigm shift, and your world is expanded. When you step into a world of need in which spiritual things are much more present and evident than we sometimes care to admit in our comfort zone, you are forced to depend on God in new ways. STMT builds faith. It requires faith at every phase. From the moment the decision is made (“I will go”) until you step out of the plane from the return flight, your faith is tested and grown.

If you have never participated on a STMT, thank God that you are considering it! This could be the beginning of a journey that will stretch you beyond the level of faith you now have.It is the most rewarding spiritual activities you will ever experience. Is God calling you to go?

 

听说你参加了短宣队!愿上帝能用你来完成的旨意、伸展的国度。兴奋吗?应该会的。担心经费吗?你不孤单。为什么你要去?你的推动力是什么?你希望有什么样的经验? 

短宣常常给参加者带来改变。它可能会改变一个人的世界观,或改变他对上帝的认识。但是短宣队队员个人生命的改变却不应是参加短宣的首要动机。我们应该把焦点继续放在上帝以及短宣队的目标上,而不是把焦点放在自己身上。试着问自己为什么要参加短宣。虽然了解另一文化、服事另一民族能开拓参加者的眼界,但这个结果应次于短宣的主要目标。如果你只是看到自己内在的变化,那么又怎么能够看到上帝在你之外的做为呢?我们应该把注意力集中在上帝的做为上。 

短宣队的活动可能包括建筑、布道、教导、医疗等领域。你有没有特殊的才艺,为参加的短宣队做出贡献?不要以为如果要参加建筑的工程,那么自己必须是个有恩赐的工程师。其实单是你的参与对你的团员们已是一种鼓励和支持。你越觉得自己做出了贡献,就越有第二、第三次想参加短宣的动力! 

参加短宣队能点亮我们的眼睛。很少人知道自己有多盲目。当你接触新的文化、认识新的朋友、认识到新看法和新做法时,你的眼睛就会被点亮,你的经验将成为所谓的典范转移,你的世界也会得到开阔。当我们踏入一个物质资源贫乏但是属灵果实却清楚显现的世界时,我们会跳出自己的舒适区,迫使以新的方式来仰赖上帝。 

短宣队建立信心。短宣过程的每个阶段都须要信心。从决定参加(“我愿意去”)到踏出回程航班的那个时刻,我们的信心都经历试验并从中成 

如果你未曾参加过短宣活动,为着你肯考虑参加而感谢上帝!这可能是一段增添信心的新旅途的开。这将是个收获的属灵活动。上帝是不是呼召你去?

 
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