Home Sweet Home!

This morning for the first time in 11 days I awakened in my own bed and oh what a blessing it was.  I was excited about many things including hugging my wife and children, showering with warm water, and sitting in my familiar chair to meet with God.  Whoever first said, “There is no place like home,” gets an amen from me!

However there is one problem with home sweet home.  Home can become the place where we become self-focused.  While we were away I had the honor of meeting a sweet 17-year-old Romanian girl who served as one of our translators.  Each day she would travel with our team to do ministry.  On the last day she traveled with us to the city to purchase souvenir gifts for our families before we did our last VBS.  During this two hours we walked into the only McDonald’s in that region.  While there a group of Gypsie children began begging and I spotted that one of them had a cut on her foot.  Our nurse, Ms Paula knew what to do.  As I stood there holding the little girls hands I notice our translator was crying.  Afterward she said, “Pastor Keith, I am so ashamed that you have to come from America to do what we Romanian Christians should be doing.”  This morning I received an email from her thanking me for helping her get back on track with the gospel for her home sweet home.

Here the word of the Lord, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go to heaven,” Acts 1:11.  Our challenge, wherever we live, is to not stand around and miss the very purpose we were created for.  This very day is God’s gift to us and the very place where we live is God’s gift of a mission field to us.

May God unite my heart to His and may God empower my mind to speak His words to those in my own city today.  Brothers and sisters we do not have to ask God if He is wanting us to minister in our hometown.  “In the last days, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, and your young me shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;” Acts 2:17.  We are in these days and we must seek His filling and we must severe ourselves from our self-focus.  This is the only way we can be what we are called to be at home.

So, its time for me to put into practice what I have heard.  So it is off to Mount Washington Community ministries, children’s camp, and my neighborhood today for His glory.

Hey, just for my benefit, drop me a line today, kjoseph@kingsbaptist.net, letting me know what you are doing in your home sweet home today.  I promise to pray and to encourage your efforts as you drop me a line.

One Response to “Home Sweet Home!”

  1. Linda Says:

    This week my focus has been within our area with Spring Meadows ministry and the VBS at Ridgeview. It has been good to connect with the folks at Ridgeview. Not only to present the children with a fun VBS where they can learn more about connecting with God in various ways but to encourage the adults there who serve God in this little community. Denny presented the gospel with his cross demonstration last night. There were some parents of the children there, one man I hadn’t seen before. Hopefully, we will get to follow up with some folks tonight at their VBS family night. You are welcome to come by if it fits into your schedule. It will start at 6:30.

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