By Kevin Miller
Where and when should ministry take place? At church? At home? On the job? Are we all qualified to minister to others?
I was reading the Bible the other day and came across a scripture that I have loved my entire Christian life. It’s about the fish and the loaves. It was amazing to picture how Jesus used the faith of a child to feed thousands of people.
Luke 9:12 reads, “Late in the afternoon the twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.’ Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.”
The disciples wanted to take everyone to a proper place to feed and house them. They wanted them to go somewhere they could get fed. They wanted to wait for the right place and time to feed people. Jesus had a different opinion. Jesus wanted to feed people right where they were. He didn’t think that there had to be a proper place or time to give them what they needed, He knew that here and now is the best time. Jesus loves to meet people where they are in their need.
Jesus then told the disciples that they should give them something to eat. The disciples then worried about how much they lacked focusing on who they had with them. As we all know, Jesus did the miracle through them right there in an uncommon place. He wants to do the same through us.
I believe that ministry can take place wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. Yes, in a church building, at work, at home, and we are ALL qualified. Within us, we have the same Spirit that brought Christ from the dead.
I want to encourage you today to ask God to show you someone that you can minister to. It may be a conversation about Christ, it may be someone that you pray for, it may be a meal that you buy for someone. Whatever you do, know that it doesn’t have to be perfect timing or in the perfect place. This can take place anywhere that the Holy Spirit leads you. We just have to be obedient and let Him do the rest.
By Kevin Miller
Pray. Give. Go.
I love to hear those words. These three words are more than a catchy slogan for WorldLife. They are more than a nice touch to our missions program. They are a catalyst to life change around the corner and around the world. Today I want to focus on our first word: Pray.
Prayer is first and foremost. As a church, we want to foster a passion for people to pray for unreached people all over the world and to pray for all of the missionaries we support. By praying, we spiritually take part in the fight for the Gospel to be taken all over this world. We can’t all live overseas and be missionaries but we can all make a difference by praying.
I would like for you to take a moment out of your day wherever you are and spend five minutes praying for the missionaries that we support as a church and the unreached people groups all over the world. Our missionaries are listed below:
* Don Bader - Intercultural Ministry
* David Buckley - Hungary
* Barbara Cavaness - Asia-Pacific
* City on a Hill - Milwaukee, WI
* Earl Creps - Beckley, California
* Troy Darrin - Moldova
* Leah Diaz - Ecuador
* Joshua Ernst - Chi Alpha
* Carol Feigleson - Thailand
* John Gowdy - Food for the Hungry
* Dan Herod - Youth Alive
* Kent Hulbert - Youth Alive
* Danny Irizarry - Cuba
* Matt Johnson - East Africa
* Mark Mallowitz - Basics ministry
* Wendell McClung - Lithuania
* Michael McNamee - Convoy of Hope Europe
* Paul Parks - Ministry to Muslims
* Paul Pierquet - Ukraine
* Search Ministries
* Phil Schmidt - Latin American Child Care
* Special Touch Ministries
* Chris Stubbs - South Africa
* Teen Challenge
* Matt Wilkie - Convoy of Hope
* Sensitive - North Africa
* Sensitive – China
* Sensitive - Afganistan
* Sensitive - Laos
* Sensitive – India
Thank you for taking time out of your day to pray for the heroes who are giving their lives for the Gospel.
By Noel Miller
My husband, Kevin, and I started dating the summer of our senior year. Like all good southern couples we loved riding around in his dad’s truck. One summer afternoon while riding around, Kevin pointed out a hill that he often passed and wondered what was on the other side. The adventurous, curious side of us came out. We stopped the truck, got out and ran across that hill. And I have to say, the adventure has never stopped for us. From living in India to moving to this tundra we call Wisconsin, we’ve always loved exploring the unknown.
So many times in life we pass by things or even miss out on adventures that God may have laid out for us. This fall we are launching our brand new ministry college, Life Leadership College. This four year fully accredited college will train and develop the next generation of world changers. It is an exciting adventure for students who want to pursue a life in full time ministry. We have students who are signed up and ready to take on an adventure, students who are ready to see what’s on the other side of that hill!
I encourage you with whatever adventure God has laid out for you, to get out of the truck and go exploring!
For more information about Life Leadership College, go to our website, www.TheLLC.org.
Why does the INVITE matter? Because it can change someone’s life! Kevin Miller shares a story from a recent mission trip to Liverpool, England.