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Reflections on Mission Groups
Rev Gordon Siu
I was much grateful on reading the latest issue of the NPAC Newsletter. Thanks be to God, the brothers and sisters of the NPAC Family are prepared to pay the price and take part in Christian ministries following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Some brothers and sisters, concerned about the redemption of the Jews, took the opportunity of large numbers of Jewish tourists visiting Hong Kong to send "Knapsack Ambassadors" to receive them. They gave the Jews Chinese new year banners and made friends with them so as to share the gospel. Some NPAC families are mindful of the gospel needs of mainland students in Hong Kong. They took care of individual students, inviting them to their homes for gatherings and festival celebrations. They also sent soup desserts to the students' dormitories and shared with them their life experiences and faith. Meanwhile, the Youth Ministry's soccer team wrote in the newsletter how they started regular visits to prison inmates. There in prison, among other activities, they played soccer with this "forgotten" group.
The people of God are redeemed, released from self-centeredness, and have obtained the freedom to love others. This is why the Bible says, "For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose" (Philippians 2:13). Therefore, if we pay attention, we will find certain burdens that the Holy Spirit has put inside our hearts. That same guidance will also help us make the most of our gifts and resources, and to do all kinds of good deeds. Of course, a busy lifestyle can often dampen our concern for others' needs, resulting in our only minding our own business. A pastor has said that Hong Kong people spend 10 hours a day at work and three hours on recreation and relaxation. No doubt, modern city life allows no room for care about others unless we simplify our pursuit of comfort, settle for a simple living and forfeit efforts to attain the achievements and things that belong to the people around us. On the work of God in our hearts, the Bible says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (obedience)." That is to say, exercise vigilance so we can obey God and live out our redeemed lives.
A church in New York, USA, attaches great importance to prayer. They see full house every Tuesday when the church has a prayer meeting. In fact, the ideas for many of their outreach efforts did not come from the pastoral staff but were conceived by various groups of brothers and sisters. More than 70 outreach service teams were started including those serving gigolos, the homeless and grass-root single parent families. They have learned to be sensitive to the guidance of God during their prayer. When the people of God pay close attention to God's guidance during prayer, are empowered and leave their own needs with the Lord, they will be able to serve others courageously. In collectively responding to God's guidance, they will surely be able to thoroughly live their "life together."
We are entrusted with witnessing for the Lord on earth. We should pay attention to the work of God within us, and by faith take corresponding actions through the Spirit.