A Two-Way Street

The Gospel of Matthew concludes with the well known words of Jesus known as “The Great Commission.”  In this passage, Jesus tells his followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

This mission from God has sent Christians out into the world for centuries to share the good news of the Gospel for the sake of others, near and far.  But, interestingly enough, as people engage in missions around the world, they often find themselves benefitting just as much, or perhaps even more, than those they have gone to serve!  As we “go and make disciples,” we find that those we are serving are also serving to make us better disciples.  It seems that disciple-making is a two-way street!

In November of 2018 OUMC will send a group of people to Panajachel, Guatemala to serve with a well-established United Methodist mission.  Our group will primarily be working on construction projects (with tasks for all ages and abilities).  As we work alongside local residents to help make the community an even better place, we are certain to build relationships with the local people, experience a different way of life and a new perspective, and see God at work in new and exciting ways.  As we share God’s love in practical ways with the people of Guatemala, we are helping to make new and stronger disciples.  As they show us God’s presence in their own community and their own lives, they will do the same for us.  Discipleship is a two-way street.

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing experience, please call our office or contact me.  Registration will be open until mid-January.

Grace and peace!

Paul Bratsch, Director of Christian Discipleship