The first Global Missions Festival at Lake Baldwin Church is just around the corner (Jan 9-10). With all the Christmas excitement, this event may have creeped up on you. Or you might have heard about it over the past month through promos in worship, the weekly update, or Facebook, but you’re not sure if you want to put it in your calendar. Here are eight good reasons to be there:
1. Grow in Vision and Awareness: A number of people sitting around you in church each week are engaged globally. We’ve invited them to host tables at the Saturday night dinner. You’ll love hearing their stories!
2. Foster a Mexico partnership in the making: Do you remember the life-changing mission trip to Cabo, Mexico last summer? Our team got to know Peter Boling, a church-planting pastor in Baja, Mexico who hosted them. Peter will speak Saturday evening at the dinner, and he’ll also preach on Sunday.
3. Experience the life-changing power of short-term mission trips: Many at LBC have been transformed through mission trips to Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Europe, just to name a few places. We want to engage the whole church in either going, supporting, praying, or just cheering on these border-crossing initiatives. In fact, you might want to consider going on a mission trip this summer! (If you’re open to praying about it, follow the festival registration link and sign up for the Sunday information luncheon with Peter Boling after church on January 10.)
4. Support the team organizing this event: The Festival was conceived by our Global Missions Team, with leadership from Ravi Jain and TJ Sellers. Two members of the team, Sarah Madsen and John Hutchings, have been involved in spearheading the Festival. This is a great chance for all of us to rally around young leaders in our church.
5. Encourage Growth as a Global Citizen: It’s a crazy world out there. We know that the gospel is the only hope. To affect the world, we need to learn about it and become global citizens. This mindset will make an impact on your travels, your view of world events, and even your parenting (it’s fun when kids get a taste of other nations, and want to learn a language).
6. Participate in Our History: Global engagement has been a big part of the LBC vision from before we even existed as a church. We just knew that God has blessed us with global connections, and that this would lead to great things. Over the years, God has used the people of LBC to make a difference in other nations.
7. Build memories and relationships: If you grew up in a church, you’ll remember the fun of fellowship dinners and the exposure to world missions. This Festival has a theme—Sobre la Mesa: "At the Table." We’ll have great food! But that food and fellowship will be linked to Christ’s global cause.
8. Explore God’s heart for the nations: When we align our hearts with God’s heart, and follow up with steps of faith, we become part of God’s plan in a fresh way.
“Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
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You may have wondered about the timing of the Festival, so soon after the New Year. There are two reasons for choosing this weekend:
One, we want to get way ahead in setting up mission trips for this summer. (If you're interested in going to Cabo in 2016, you're invited to an information luncheon with Peter Boling after church on January 10th! Follow the festival registration link to RSVP.)
Two, there’s a connection to the global church with Epiphany, January 6, when Christians celebrate the light of the gospel being brought to the nations.
So will you be there? Let us know you're coming by registering now!
Mike Tilley is the senior pastor of Lake Baldwin Church, and has lived in Orlando since 1994. He and his wife, Molly, worked with a core group from the Baldwin Park community to plant Lake Baldwin Church in 2006. Mike loves teaching the Bible in a way that relates to real life. In his spare time, Mike enjoys good movies, long dinner with friends, snow skiing, hanging out with his kids and two granddaughters, and travel.