At GBC, our missions work starts with GBC’s vision statement, “Reflecting the Lord Jesus Christ to a needy world.“ Reflecting is the task of mirroring. Our world is a needy place, and absent the Prince of Peace, it’s merely disharmony. As imperfect people, we’ll never reflect Him exactly, but that’s the goal.
Acts 1:8 reminds us that, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We are called to reflect Jesus in all we do, with our family, friends, neighbors, community, and the entire world.
Further, Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus wants us to tell others of Him in a way they can hear clearly--sometimes by directly telling the Gospel story--sometimes by helping those who do.
The GBC missions program encourages active engagement in Jesus’ command. Our vision embraces that of the church. “GBC Missions strives to reflect the LORD Jesus Christ to a needy world by promoting missionary support, missions education, missions involvement, and short-term missions experiences.”
This purpose is carried out by:
--Supporting missionaries both physically and spiritually (prayer, financial giving, correspondence, etc.)
--Educating the Chapel family in the ways that God displays His glory in a needy world (interviews and highlights, bulletin boards, special presentations and speakers, etc.)
--Involving the Chapel family in a variety of support projects or experiences (relief projects, our partnership in Haiti, our upcoming support of the Lacaste orphanage)
--Sending teams of chapel people on short-term missions’ trips (Vision Teams)
In this new year, let’s pray afresh that our hearts and our efforts will be reflective of our Savior in all that we do in “Jerusalem, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.