By Lance Mayes
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 The Message
Moving. It is an overwhelming task and most of the time a huge headache. Packing up boxes. Cleaning. Unpacking boxes. Change of address forms. Remembering to drive to a new place! After our last move, Jennie told me I better like our house and neighborhood because we are never moving again!
David and Lauren Bass made a big move in October 2015. Following God’s call, they moved to Cambodia to serve as CBF Field Personnel. Can you image that kind of move? Selling many of your things including cars and home. Boxing up everything and deciding what goes with you, what goes to family, and what is given away. Then, you still have to learn a new culture and language.
David and Lauren find ministry in the middle of language school. David shares in their blog on April 27, 2016, “What is ministry if not living life alongside people, learning how they see the world, allowing yourself to be vulnerable with them, all in order to display God’s love.”
David’s description of ministry sounds like what Jesus did when he moved into our neighborhood. Can you imagine that kind of move? Here was King Jesus present before creation (and even participating in creation) currently reigning in his kingdom. He became as vulnerable as a baby having to be taken care of and taught. As he grew, he displayed God’s generosity and love. He continued to reflect God’s glory in his death and resurrection.
What joy we find in our humanness because of Jesus. You might not be called to be CBF Field Personnel, but you do have a calling. Find the joy in moving into the calling God has for you.
The Offering for Global Missions supports CBF Field Personnel like David and Lauren. You can find more information online at woodlandsa.org/ogm. Our goal is $40,000 and for every person at Woodland to contribute — from the youngest to the oldest.
You can follow David and Lauren at davidandlaurenbass.com.