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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Davis Missionary Journey: Are the campaigns worth it?

This year we will have had 7 major efforts back to back during our campaign season:
  • Well Drilling Development Campaign
  • Micro-Loan & Small Business Development Research Trip
  • Agricultural Development Campaign
  • Education Development Campaign
  • Health Development Campaign
  • Evangelism Campaign
  • Christian University Missions Internship

Though each event has offered its efforts in the name of Jesus and infused with His teachings, one campaigner still asked me, “Is it worth it?  After all, the missionaries have to focus primarily on servicing the logistical needs of the campaigners during these 10 weeks.” 


My experience with campaigns began with the “Treasure of Truth Campaigns” as I had the privilege to serve in them from 1985 to 2000.  And I still remember the theological grounding concerning the “worth” of campaigns from such missions teachers as Dr. Joe D. Gray, John Payne, and Ancil Jenkins, the campaign leaders:   

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”

Luke 10:1-3  NIV


The “worth” of campaigns is measured in the multiplication of the Spirit filled hands of Jesus as Christians participate together in His Great Commission.  It was our Lord who first chose to use this method.  As He hints in His last phrase, He is under no delusion of the difficulties inherent in this method, but it’s worth is divinely assured!


Exhausted but truly thankful for each campaigner who offered his or her hands to the work of Jesus among the Kaonde,

Brian, Sondra, Noah, & Bryson


Pictured:  Kaonde lined-up for physical and spiritual help from our campaigners.

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