The Mission Isn't Done Yet

Thu February 28, 2019 · Comments

I woke up at 6:30 a.m.—an hour before my alarm was to go off—feeling exhausted, like I hadn't slept at all. As a member of a Jesus Film Mission Trips™ team, I had a full day of ministry ahead of me ... I laid back down determined to tell the trip leaders I was taking the day off. But then I sensed the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit saying, "Sarah, the mission isn't done yet."

He gave me the realization that I was there in South Asia for only two short weeks to serve Him to the best of my ability, and that the Great Commission isn't fulfilled in the world and particularly in this country.

God doesn't need us to serve Him; He chooses to use us. There are so many spiritually needy people in the world who need to be reached with the gospel. As Christians, we are commanded to share our faith, but God chooses where to send us.

When my alarm went off, I got up and approached my suitcase to get ready for the day. The feeling of exhaustion hit me again, but so did His message. I had faith that He would strengthen and equip me to face the day and He did!

Our missions team partnered with members of the country's Cru® team as we ministered to college students that day. My in-country partner handled most of the spiritual conversations that afternoon, but I was able to fill in every so often.  I was thankful that God met me where I was and still trusted me to participate in His mission for this country. He chose to use me by prompting me to share my testimony with college girls who didn't know the Lord. We laughed together, and talked about light spiritual topics.

That day and throughout the trip, the Lord gave me a new burden for doing my part as a Christian. The trip location in particular introduced me to a part of the world where there are so many different languages spoken, among so many diverse people groups and extreme brokenness. God strengthened me so that the message that God loves them can be shared—in their heart language—through the short films on the Jesus Film Project® app.

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

I know God will continue to move in South Asia with or without me. But until Jesus comes again, I know I have a job to do; we Christians all have a job to do and that is to serve the Lord in fulfilling His Great Commission. I will never forget His words to me, "Sarah, the mission isn’t done yet."

What does this message mean to you? Please take a minute to pray for God to bless Cru's ministries, missionaries and initiatives in South Asia. If you feel led, there are many opportunities to give towards this part of the world.

A recent graduate from Wright State University in Ohio, Sarah Olsen, graduated with a degree in mass communication and is excited to combine her passions for God, writing and travel with Jesus Film Project. Olsen has written for an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company, and as a student reporter for her university. You can find additional publications at Dayton.com and Wright.edu/newsroom. After interning with Jesus Film Project for two years, she has decided to join staff with the ministry. She enjoys learning about other cultures, watching movies, eating ice cream and being outdoors.

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