Providing children's ministry programs while their Asia-based missionary parents are attending a training and development conference.

I am so excited to be going on my first mission trip!

A few months ago the pastors of our church asked Jenni and me to lead our church’s mission trip, the first one the church has had in several years. Not having even been on a mission trip before, I had to think about it, but I’m usually up for a challenge. Twelve of us will provide a week-long children’s program for sixty children of missionaries who are currently serving in Asia. We will be, if you will, missionaries to missionaries. These kids, ages infant to 18 and mostly American, will be learning and having fun with us as their parents attend a training and development conference for missionaries in Asia. We are very excited about serving these children because it will be like a week-long Sunday school – with field trips to cultural sites around Chiang Mai.

Their parents are doing amazing things in Asia. For example, they are helping women in India escape prostitution and poverty by teaching them practical skills so they can make a living. Others staff a medical clinic in southern China that provides free surgeries and rehabilitation services to the local population. In Japan, several short-term and long-term missionary teams are serving the northern areas still devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Other missionaries serve street children in Mongolia; combat human trafficking – including of young children into the sex trade – in Thailand and elsewhere; and address the devaluation of women and girls in many Asian countries.

Throughout all of this work, the gospel – that is, the good news – of Jesus Christ is preached to predominantly non-Christian people groups. The good news is essentially that Jesus, who is God from eternity past, became a man and the central figure in human history in order to effect reconciliation between God and humankind, every member of which has rebelled against him. He proved his divinity by fulfilling prophecies that had been written centuries beforehand, and by performing miracles, including his own resurrection from the dead. He lived a sinless life that we cannot live and died a death that we deserve, simply so that those who acknowledge their own inadequacy, and trust in the gifts that he gives us, will be forgiven and reconciled to God. It’s that simple. The practice of Christianity in our world is certainly imperfect, but in its doctrines, no other religion or philosophy can compare to Christianity in its valuing of human life or of its charitable work that proves the transformational power of its Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Friends, thank you for supporting this important work in Thailand. Check back here for updates on the project.

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