“Keep your stick on the ice!”

Isn’t it amazing to see the different ways the Lord is blessing His children!

The new group of incoming students has come in and it’s so exciting to hear how the Lord is working, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of others.

I know I say this a lot, but I just want to thank you all so much for your prayers and support. I’m so awe-struck by the way the Lord has encouraged me through you!

I’ve heard the quote, “I could never do what you’re doing,” many times when I talk about the challenges involved in reaching the lost in the most remote regions of the world. Unfortunately, this comment often has the tendency to swell my already fat head with pride, but as I thought more about it I started to realize something:

We have many people who are committed to pray for and financially support us. I want to let you all know that you have just as much right to claim the title of missionary as I do. I know I often see successful missionaries who have planted churches in the jungle and thought envious thoughts of them. I also know other folks who work long and hard hours here in Canada and in the U.S., who have never gone overseas, can’t speak a tribal language, and don’t necessarily have a fancy degree in Biblical or cultural studies. Just regular folks, living “regular” lives, and then I go into their homes and see a picture of a missionary on their fridge or in their Bible.

Sometimes they excitedly tell me how they pray for that missionary every day, or that they have been supporting their ministry. Sometimes they excitedly tell me about what their missionary has done overseas. In truth I love hearing people call me their “missionary”, but I can’t help thinking that term is incorrect.

Because in reality, they are just as much missionaries as the people they are praying for and supporting overseas. They have as much claim to that church plant, that translation of the Bible, and the work that is being done, as those who are actually physically doing the work. This is the beauty of the body of Christ.

So to all those out there who might think, “I can never do what that missionary is doing,” or “I could never leave my home and work overseas!” You can! Simply by getting behind that missionary and praying or sending resources.

I want you all to know how dearly we do love you! There are times when I feel the world pressing in on me and the power of the enemy feels too strong. But I do know that in times like this that I have a Savior who has conquered the world, and I have group of fellow believers standing behind me, walking beside me, and going before me.

In the words of Canada’s famous Red Green,

“Keep your stick on the ice, we’re all in this together.”

– Mark


One Comment on ““Keep your stick on the ice!”

  1. Mark, thank you for this amazing post the LORD spoke through you! Know that it has encouraged my heart and spirit. I have loved being a sender and now I have the honor of being both a sender and a go-er! PRAISE GOD! God has given Glenn and I a great love for you and Lauren and Leo and we will always be praying for you. all for HIM!, Erin

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