And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
There once was a little four year old boy who heard his daddy talking to big brother about taking a camping, fishing trip for the weekend. His daddy did not think his very young son was quite old enough and ready for such a big trip. But the young son assumed he would be going too.
On the morning of the big trip, Dad and older brother arose early and left. Hours later when little brother woke up and went looking for daddy and brother and realized they had left, his eyes grew big and cried out, 'They went without me, they left me!'
He cried hard for what seemed like an eternity. Momma felt so bad for him. She wanted to cry too. She tried to explain to him that he was told he couldn't go on this trip because he wasn't big enough but that he would go with them somewhere later. She told him he and she could do something fun. That did not help. Momma shed tears with him and told him she was sorry and just consoled him until he felt better.
When daddy was told about this later, he felt awful! So he planned another camping trip, this time just an overnight one and the three of them left for their adventure together. Young son was SO happy.
Forward ahead to twelve years later, this boy left the country on a mission trip to Costa Rica. Momma was so happy for him, she cried.
Forward ahead two more years, and same boy traveled further on a mission trip to Scotland and Momma was so happy she cried.
Forward two more years and same son is now preparing to go on another mission trip in the summer to Niger, Africa, the furthest away yet. And the papers say he will be doing remote camping!
That little boy who didn't get to go on the big camping trip with Daddy and big brother is now called to travel the world for Jesus. He doesn't cry anymore.
His momma now sits around and cries but only because she is so happy for him and so proud!
Jesus has taken my son from camping at the lake down the road from our home, to clear across the country to camp in Niger, Africa and share His Word.
An African proverb says this:
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
My son has learned to stand for what he believes in and that is Jesus Christ and God's Word.
He fought through a depression 5 years ago by standing on the Word. He was willing to fail a college Hinduism class because he stood up for the Word.
He can travel to far away places because He believes what and WHO he stands for.
Go into all the world my son. . .You have our blessing, you have our love, and God has you.
The little boy has grown up and will be walking the Karma Road in August.
Will you join me in prayer for Christopher, for provisions, for good health, for all details to go smoothly and for safety?
(Now I have to go put tissues on the list.)