The tail end of my trip in the States was in Florida at the missionary reunion with my mission, Go To Nations (GTN) (the name that Calvary International is doing business as…). Supporters of GTN came together to fund four days of refreshing for all of us missionaries. It was such a blessing!
The days spent in Daytona Beach for our Refreshing Waters missionary reunion were exactly what the name said it would be, “refreshing.” The first night I was awed by the ballroom packed with missionaries from all over the globe. I can easily say that I didn’t know 90% of them but we all have a couple of things in common. We love God and are committed to seeing every tribe, tongue and people reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are also all part of the same missionary family. We are Go To Nations (GTN) missionaries.
Monday night we gathered together for the Awards Banquet for GTN. The ballroom was full of people. Half of our group had served with GTN for under 10 years and the other half from 10 to 20+ years. I was overwhelmed by the men, women and families that have continued to give their lives overseas. The room cheered as each missionary went up to receive their award. As it passed into the 10 year and above mark my heart began to feel heavy as the weight of my elders and their faithful service stood before me. I thought of Psalm 145:4 where it talks of one generation proclaiming God’s works to another. I felt that these moments, as missionary after missionary came up to receive recognition of their commitment to the task of seeing Christ exalted in their region, were a walking out of Psalm 145. These men and women are a living testimony, an encouragement, an example that I deeply respect and that I desire to emulate. Theirs is the heritage that we are to follow and is a heritage that I am proud to be connected to. My eyes filled with tears as I thought about the honor that it is to be on this team, in this time, running this race to the finish.
I am refreshed and my passion for the work I am doing in Tanzania is continually increasing. There is much work to be done and we all have a part to play. Let us each be faithful to do our part. Amen! 🙂