These past 2 weeks have been amazing… I can’t wait to tell you all about them. Last weekend we were able to participate in a Board Meeting for a company called ServantCARE. Yep… we are on the board! CRAZY!!! God is nuts… and I love Him so!
Who takes care of missionaries? I don’t know if you have ever thought about that… we have. So many churches and people talk about GOING and SENDING… but not as many talk about RECEIVING and CARING FOR those people.
A few months after Jacob and I got married, we began reading through the Gospels. When we got to Matthew 10… our world was rocked! In this chapter, Jesus is prepping His best friends and closest companions for the hardest adventures of their lives. He wants them to leave EVERYTHING and rely on Him provide housing accommodations along the way. Wow! That’s what many missionaries are doing all around the world even today. Forsaking everything that’s “NORMAL” and surrendering to ministry, to God’s specific and radical calling on their lives. Here’s what got us:
11″Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
We wanted to know what it meant to be the “worthy person/home.” Later in the chapter, Jesus talks about those willing to give even a cup of cold water to His disciples. We wanted to serve the servants. You can read more about our revelation on Matthew 10 HERE (from August 2010), if you so desire.
To make a long story a little shorter, I decided to Google and contact any people/organizations who had our same vision. We found Ms. Anita and Mr. Larry from ServantCARE! You can read about our first AWESOME meeting HERE. They are INCREDIBLE people and have grown to love us and have favor on us. It’s a pretty crazy story. Over the past 3 and a 1/2 years they have mentored us, encouraged us, and invited us to be a part of their ministry. Last weekend they even invited us to be a part of their Board Meeting! It was an AMAZING weekend where people from different generations, backgrounds, and locations came together to discuss how to best serve those who are serving – domestic and international missionaries!
Let me tell you a little about what they do! Please pass the word along to missionaries/pastors you know who may be on furlough, traveling, or in need of somewhere to stay! Also, if you would like to be a Hospitality Home and house missionaries who are in need of a place to stay, CONTACT ME!
Currently, ServantCARE has 145 Hospitality Homes all around the nation willing to house missionaries when requested. These homes serve meals to their guests, listen and share amazing conversations, and refresh both the home owners and the guests for more ministry. We are always looking for more ‘worthy homes.’ We are a Hospitality Home… you should be too!
The Dwelling Place is a home in Wisconsin that is open to house missionaries and pastors needing a refreshing or a rest from the daily burden of ministry. This is a dream come true for Ms. Anita and Mr. Larry! I cannot wait to go visit! They always need teams to help them with projects as well!
The Regional CARE Homes provide counseling and other specialized needs for missionaries/pastors. Ministry is TOUGH and can come with baggage and strongholds. These Regional CARE Centers provide and safe place to find comfort and healing.
The Prayer Shield is a group of intercessors ALL OVER THE GLOBE that unite in praying for specific requests. More prayer warriors are welcome!! I’m one!
On-site visits – when able, on-site visits are made to missionaries serving all over the world. Missionaries get burnt-out, tired, isolated, and discouraged. ServantCARE goes to those people to love on them, bring joy and encouragement, PRAY, and listen to their stories. LOVE THIS!
It’s a truly amazing (I need more synonyms for that word) ministry to be a part of. It serves and blesses people all over the world! Check out the 2013 Year End Review… INCREDIBLE stuff!