Monday, April 30, 2007

Its been a while

Do you ever feel like its been a while... maybe it has been a while since you got a new pair of pants or a haircut or something like that. For me it has been a while since i have been here. The last what 8 months have been pretty packed. I have completed 4 more courses in my masters degree, gone on two winter camps and two mission trips. Oh ya i forgot to say that I also had a birthday.
For the last three mondays in a row I have been working on Ordination, something that not many people know about. I have been doing these papers and readin books that are required for Ordination. I am not the best paper writter (ask Alana Ledford) or the greatest reader (ask my wife) but it's something that I feel God calling me to finish. In about 5 weeks from now I will have an oral interview of about 300 questions that will decide my Ordination status.
With all that said to catch up with you all today has been a huge day for me. Today God has opened my eyes and heart once again to world missions. I dont know all the statistics or the percentages but I do know that people are dying because no one is sharing the gospel with the them.
Now a natural human response would be to ask; "Well what are you doing Neal?"
I understand that question and would love to tell you about the mission field that I work in, it's called Las Vegas. Half of the kids that I work with have never heard about Jesus Christ. Get this; 75% of their parents wont even come to church...yet.
See God has called Charity and I to work in a different mission field. We are working in a place that not many people think of when the think world missions. You probably think about Africa or Mexico, I think about them too, but I live here. I see the kids hurting. I see the ones that have given their life to Jesus only to have their parents ban them from coming back. It hurts my heart.
I dont know why this post or what it will spark, but if God is calling you to missions dont disobey Him. Check this quote out:

"Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is -- where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge." -- Robert C. Shannon

Missions is where the real action is.