Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?…
Matt 16:25; Matt 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; Luke 17:33
Being a missionary is an incredible privilege, I can speak from personal experience, but you have to be willing to lose your life (I’ve nearly died a number of times) – in every respect from possessions (which in our society possess us, not us possessing them: comfort zones: relationships: family – you name it – it’s cost me everything) to sacrificing your life. Peru is like most Latino countries – wonderful, amazing, and dangerous all at the same time – see the report below. My dear, dear friends, Hein Hoere and Teija Tuulikki Hoere, Dutch and Finnish respectively, went to Colombia 30 years ago when it was far more dangerous than it seems now. They know what it is to have guns pointed at them, their lives threatened. I do too…. but Jesus said if we want to change the world we have to be willing to lose our lives….Please pray for Hein & Teija as they continue to minister in Colombia and move increasingly into Bolivia, too….and my great friend Thanney Pyper is in Colombia right now, and it’s our dream to be a small part of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth there. We’ll both be there – hopefully with a team – in a couple of months’ time.
Read this report today of a lovely man by all accounts, Paul McAulay, a Catholic missionary in Peru running a hostel for indigenous people, murdered in Iquitos, Peru, by, it seems, some of the people he loved and cared for….
You’ll never lose by sacrificing your life, home, possessions, finance, family, comfort – you’ll gain the whole world, and the words of Father God, as you enter eternity – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.
God bless the family of Paul McAulay, and God bless you, Hein and Teija – I’m honoured to call you my friends, and even more honoured to work alongside you, You’re heroes of the faith.