The AFLC is not really a Synod, we are an association. The congregation is considered the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth–nothing decided at the Annual Conference is binding on individual congregations. One of the reasons the AFLC exists is because, as a group of congregations, we can accomplish things that could not be done individually. The support of missionaries is one of those things. There are AFLC missionaries in Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, and Uganda. There are also several missionaries on loan to other organizations such as Wycliffe, working to translate the Bible into other languages. One of the highlights of the Annual Conference is the report from World Missions about these folks and what they have been doing. If you would like more information, you can visit: https://www.aflcworldmissions.org/.
As I was arranging a display of the missionary families for one of the bulletin boards at our church, I came across this quote by William Carey (missionary to India in the late 1700’s):
“Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than we are doing?”
The commission of course, is from Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
This really convicted me. I know that I, as an individual, could certainly do more. I think my congregation could do more. Everyone reading this post, can probably do more to support these people who are sacrificing to spread the Word of God. We can pray– not just once, but regularly. We can send notes of encouragement. We can donate funds or needed supplies.
So, my thought for the day is this: what can you do to support someone else in their service for our Lord?
For more about missionaries and evangelism see these posts: