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Dear Dayspring Family,

It was Sunday, January 8, 1956.  Jim Elliot had been praying for six years for a tribe in Ecuador, the Auca Indians, who had never heard the Gospel.  He and his friends - Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Roger Yoderian, and Ed McCully -  had finally made contact with a small group from this tribe only two days earlier.  Now, they were excited to meet them again on the beach of the Curaray River, because they hoped it would lead to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with them. But they never got a chance to witness to them, at least, not with words, for on that Sunday morning, Jim and his friends were attacked and killed by the men from this tribe for which they had been praying.

Was this the end of their mission - their dream?  It appeared so at first.  But God used a couple of the men’s wives to continue the work with the Auca Indians, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, most of the people of this tribe eventually became followers of Jesus Christ.

So what was it that drove these men to leave their secure homes, and go to a remote place in Equador, to share the Gospel of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ with people they did not even know, and who humanly speaking, they should not even have cared about?  And why did their widows, who had every reason to hate this tribe, continue to communicate forgiveness to men who were their husbands’ killers?

It was because they knew that ultimately their lives were not about money, or possessions, or pleasure, or comfort, or being accepted, or being successful in business.  Their lives were about being on mission - about following Jesus Christ and calling on others to follow Him as well.

They understood the importance of the instruction Jesus gave to his first followers in Matthew 9:35-38.  Listen to the context and then Jesus’ command.

               “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, and their co-laborers took Jesus’ command seriously.  They prayed for those who had never heard of Jesus.  They prayed for laborers to be sent into the “fields” of the world, fields which included the Auca tribe.  And they gladly went out when they were the ones sent.

Now we may not be full-time missionaries to various peoples and countries around the world.  But if we are Christians, we still are to be on a mission: a mission to pray for unsaved people, to pray for those sent out to share the Gospel with unsaved people, and to support those who are called to actually go to the places where these people are around the world.

Not only that, but we have the mission of sharing the Gospel with those we do come in contact with in our daily lives.  All of us as Christians have been given a mission.  The question is, are we focused on that mission?

One of the ways Dayspring encourages its members with regard to this mission is the yearly missions conference.  We are reminded to pray for people without Christ.  We are reminded to pray for Christ’s laborers in fields around the world.  And we are given opportunities to share in that work through our giving.  This year’s conference begins on Friday evening, March 2, and continues through Sunday morning, March 4.  The theme is Christians as Ambassadors for Christ.  We will hear from some of our current missionaries, some prospective missionaries, and from Dr. Paul Bankson, of Houston Lake PCA in Warner Robins, Georgia, who will teach us and challenge us from God’s Word.

As your pastor, I want to invite and encourage everyone who is a part of Dayspring to make this year’s missions conference a priority.  You will not want to miss it!

Your Fellow Servant in Christ,

Pastor Dave

 

 

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    Upcoming - - Dayspring Missions

    Conference!!  Set aside the dates of Friday, March 2-Sunday, March 4 for wonderful times of fellowship and great opportunities to learn more about our missionaries as well as pray for them as they minister around the world. See below for Missions Conference schedule.

    Men On Mission Breakfast - Saturday, March 3, 8:00 AM at Dayspring.  We will have a challenge from Scripture and a time of prayer for our missionaries.

    Mission Trip - Where?  When?  Stay tuned for more information and make sure your passport is up to date!

    HBSF/Prayer meeting will meet at the Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM unless otherwise stated.

     

    Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4, 2018

    God has called all of us to be Ambassadors on His behalf, representing Him to a lost and hurting world!  May we be true representatives and fulfill our task well.

    Friday

    6:15pm          Fellowship Meal (provided)

    7:15pm          Worship Service with Speaker Rev. Paul Bankston

    8:15pm          Dessert Fellowship

    Saturday

    8:00am          Men On Mission Breakfast at Dayspring

    4:00pm          Youth Ambassador Training  (high school and young adult)

    6:00pm          Fellowship Meal  (bring 2-3 dishes, international dishes are encouraged)

    7:00pm          Worship Service with Rev. Paul Bankston

    Sunday

    9:30am          Missionary Updates/ What is next for Dayspring?

    10:45am        Worship Service with Rev. Paul Bankston  (No Sunday Evening Service)

    Updates from visiting missionaries and those on the field will be interspersed throughout the weekend.

     

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