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The Gospel of Matthew ends with these words of Jesus: :reading:

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Mt 28:18-20)


This group is for anyone interested in:
:bulletgreen: Jesus! :)
:bulletblue: Living the Gospel
:bulletgreen: Sharing the Gospel
:bulletblue: "Sending" and supporting missionaries and mission work
:bulletgreen: Becoming a missionary, doing mission work, evangelising
:bulletblue: Praying for the world, and for Christians in other countries
:bulletgreen: Other countries and cultures
etc...
Anyone is welcome, o'course. :hug:
Just click the 'join' button and we'll be happy to have you~

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:bulletpurple:Submissions:bulletpurple:
We take:
:pointr: Christian art / Bible-related / Missions-related
:pointr: Travel photos / art depicting other countries / cultures (as long as it's really showing the people and the culture and not just some random beach you like =P)
:pointr: ALL forms of art (traditional, digital, photography, crafts, writing...)

Please submit to the right folders! :) If in doubt, just submit and see what happens... I won't decline something because of folder problems (I'll just move it, unless I'm too lazy..)

:bulletpurple:Prayer Requests:bulletpurple:
Feel free to share prayer requests! Just send a note or post a comment. Prayer requests will be posted in the weekly journals.
Prayer requests do not have to be missions-related.

:bulletpurple:Journals:bulletpurple:
I generally try to update the journal once a week. Usually it includes prayer requests, a short devotional-type blurb, a "country highlight" and tips on how to share the Gospel in daily life.
Do notify us if there's anything you want to include sometime! :D

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Feel free to invite people you think may be interested!! :)
If you have questions about missions, missionary work, mission organisations, etc. post a comment or send a note~

About the group name: yes, I can spell. Usually. Just not this time. :stupidme:


Anyway welcome, and God bless! :w00t:


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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:15-20)


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The greatest gift of Christmas, according to a Swiss children's song, is not wrapped in paper or bought from a shop - it is Jesus! Every year, we remember how God gave us Himself in His Son, Jesus, coming close to us, becoming one of us, saving us and reconciling us with Him.

This year, I've been thinking about how Christmas is not only about receiving this gift all over again - it's also about passing this gift on, like the shepherds did, who told everybody about what they had found in that stable. I would like to see Christmas as a moment to be commissioned again, to accept the gift of God's presence with us, and then go out into the world and share it.

What inspires me here is on the one hand the shepherds who went out from the manger into the world - on the other hand Mary, who brought Jesus into the world by giving birth to Him. She had a very special privilege - and I believe she also models what discipleship means.

When the angel came to her and told her she would be pregnant, she said yes: "Let it be with me according to your word." (Lk 1:38) Saying yes to pregnancy and motherhood is a very big thing, though. Recently I looked up a list of some of the physical changes caused by pregnancy and giving birth, and it's quite a daunting list including things like morning sickness, varicose veins, difficulty sleeping, going through an emotional roller coaster, skin problems, indigestion, etc etc. Being pregnant involves the whole person, physically and emotionally. When Mary said yes, she made a very big commitment, one involving her as whole person. It would not leave her unchanged - partly there would be the changes occurring naturally as the baby grew in her, partly she would have had to make adjustments to her lifestyle to protect the child and prepare for him.

And Mary's full commitment did not end when Jesus was born. The birth of the child is only the beginning of a whole new level of commitment: all one's plans need to be adjusted, one's lifestyle changes to accommodate the child and his needs, the parents have new priorities and new worries due to their responsibility for the child. Speaking to friends and relatives of mine who have recently become mothers, I realised that being a mother involves the whole person; the mother is bound to the child in a peculiar way. Mary's commitment continued as Jesus was born, as she brought Him up, and as she started having to let Him go His own way from the time He got lost in the temple to the time He began His ministry, and then finally at the cross where He died.

I see Mary's motherhood as a model for our discipleship in this way:

  • Mary committed herself fully: she committed herself with all of her being, not only "spiritually" or with a decision made in her mind. She committed herself body and soul - and not just temporarily, until Jesus was born and brought into the world, but for the indefinite time that motherhood lasts.
    This same way, I believe we are called to commit ourselves fully - not just a small part of us, but with body and soul, with all that we are and all that we have. And we are called to commit ourselves full-time - not just temporarily, not just until some "aim" has been arrived at. Relationship with Jesus, just like motherhood, is a life-long process that never reaches an end.

  • By committing herself, Mary allowed changes to happen to her - to her body during her pregnancy, to her lifestyle, and to her life plans and life aims.
    The same way, following Jesus means allowing God to work in us and change us, to give us new priorities, a new lifestyle - and allowing it out of love for Him, just as Mary made changes to her life out of love for the life growing in her.
    A new lifestylee means living according to God's will - and I believe the will of God is love: loving God, and loving other people. When people see this love in us, they will see that something is different - they will feel a spark of who Jesus is.

  • Pregnancy and motherhood are a process, something that involves waiting, something you grow into. New mothers have a lot to learn, and there are constantly new challenges, from learning how to change nappies to weaning to letting the child grow up and slowly begin an independent life - and, hardest of all, losing one's child the way Mary did.
    The same way, discipleship is a process. We are not immediate experts, and we never reach expert status - it is a constant learning and growing - meaning it's all right to mess up once in a while, too!


I believe that giving Jesus to the world needs to be like Mary's pregnancy and motherhood: it needs to begin with commitment. In order to share Jesus with the world, we need to accept the gift the way Mary did, with all the challenges that come with it - and with all the love and joy and excitement of a new mother.
What inspires me about Mary's commitment is that it is what leads to Jesus coming into this world - the same way, may our commitment to God lead to more people experiencing the nearness of God, and His immense love!


I wish you all a blessed Christmas - and many opportunities to share the best gift ever with the people you meet! Gift for You 


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Bullet; Red Pray for people who are lonely during this Christmas season. I've read in a few places that this is the time most suicides happen (in Europe). Pray that people can open their hearts and their doors so no one needs to feel alone, and that the lonely can experience the love and presence of God!
Also, I think this is a good time to remember everyone who has lost somebody this year. Celebrating together as a family can give a stronger reminder of the loss, so pray for comfort.

Bullet; Red This year has once again been a year full of conflicts and disasters. Pray for peace, especially in Iraq and Syria. Pray for the people affected by the conflict, for the many refugees. It is not always easy to integrate refugees in a different culture, so pray for the countries receiving refugees, that the people there may have open hearts for those arriving and also have understanding for the cultural differences, and wisdom how to surmount those differences without additional conflicts erupting.

Bullet; Red Even though Christmas has been marketed and spread all over the world, many people know nothing about the true gift of Christmas. In many countries, churches and missionaries use this season as an opportunity to tell people about Jesus and what Christmas is really about. Pray for God's blessing on the many Christmas events and outreaches, for open hearts and that many may receive this best of all gifts! Pray for fervour in evangelism, and that the love of Jesus may be poured out not just during Christmas, but afterwards as well.

Bullet; Red It's a sad fact that many people have made negative experiences with the church or Christians, and don't associate Christianity with love even though love is what it's all about! So pray for the people who have been hurt by the church, or have received a false impression. Pray that they may meet the right people who show them what God is really like, that they can hear the message again in a way they can understand, and that God can open their hearts to receiving the Gospel as truly Good News!


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If you have prayer requests, or see something in the news you think we should pray for, leave a comment or send a note!


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Bullet; Orange WANTED: CONTRIBUTORS!
I've started working in a church, which means I've become extremely busy! To make sure that this group keeps running smoothly, i.e. submissions don't expire and prayer requests get posted to the journal promptly, I'd be glad for some support!!!

Being a contributor involves:
Arrow left  Accepting (or rejecting) submissions - basically just checking a submission fits the group guidelines, then clicking a yes or no button
Arrow left  Posting prayer requests in a journal when the group receives them - not a very regular thing, depends on whether requests get sent in, though I like to add requests from world news or prayer for unreached people groups and such

If you're interested, send a note!! :) The only requirements are understanding the group focus (world mission) and the group rules. Also feel free to send a note if you have any questions~

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU~ Christmas star 

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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work I hope to see more comics in stores or on the web. I created my own original idea called "Steam Arm Joe" sold on indyplanet.
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Asheill Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
Is there a place here where it would be appropriate to ask for support for a mission project?
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