Living On Mission
My friend Grant, his wife, and three kids live in Mazatlán, Mexico, serving as missionaries through an organization called Back2Back Ministries. The main focus of their work is partnering with three local children’s homes and providing the spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social support the children so desperately need. Grant and his family have been in Mazatlán for three years and they are really beginning to see the fruits of their labor.
Mission has been on my mind a lot lately, and I’ve been reading and studying how to discern God’s mission for our lives and what it truly means to live on mission. Over the break, Grant and I talked a lot about mission— not necessarily about international missions, but rather about how all of us are called to live lives on mission. During the conversation, I made a comment about him making more of an impact in the lives of children there than we are here, and he stopped me and said,
“I bet the kids we both work with are more similar than not. Ultimately, they’re all just struggling to fit in and be accepted, and they need us to be in their lives to help guide them, give them confidence, and model Christ.”
He’s so right. The holistic orphan care model used by Back2Back Ministries focuses on meeting the spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs of the children they work with—and Grant reminded me that’s essentially what we do as well.
It’s easy to think mission work happens somewhere else, but that’s simply not the case. Living on mission should happen each day of our lives — wherever we are. As author Jacob Medcalf says,
If your mission hasn’t been well thought out and deeply impressed upon your heart then it is not guiding your life. Your mission needs to be so important to you and everyone you lead that it is immediately available when asked for it. There should be no hesitation, because of how engrained and rehearsed the mission is in your daily lives.
Our school’s mission is to partner with parents to provide a distinctively Christian education that inspires excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God. I hope that each day we model this for our students so that we can do exactly what my friend Grant is doing— helping guide kids, giving them confidence, and above all, modeling Christ.