Hello everyone! Greetings from Kenya! It’s been a few days longer than we both would have liked but Rachel has been battling a virus and so I (Ben) am tasked with a post for now. Hopefully Rachel will feel better soon and can post a pretty blog with nice pictures soon!
I wanted to share a concept today with you that we’ve been learning on this trip. The best way that I could possibly sum it up would fail in comparison to how John Piper states it in his book, Let the Nations Be Glad, Third Eddition. Here is the few opening paragraphs.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It is the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nation’s into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the people’s in the greatness of God. ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!’ (Ps. 97:1). ‘Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!’ (Ps. 67:3-4).”
These paragraphs do an excellent job of summing up why we are currently in Kenya. It isn’t because we are super Christians or have great servant hearts. Outside of wanting to bring God his deserved glory and worship by all people’s and all nations, there would be no viable reason to abandon culture, family, and friends to spreed the gospel. It also allows us to realize that the one thing we should focus our energy on is doing God’s work to worship him and bring Him glory. He will then use that to naturally spur us on to complete the mission work that he has called us to complete.
We both love our job here. Everyday is not always a delight and some days we do feel despair, but we know that if our focus is on God and his worship, that He will get us through all situations with His strength and carry us on to do His work no matter the obstacles we face.
In closing, if you have the time I’d highly recommend the above mentioned book. It also addresses the issues of the prosperity gospel which is a big thing we also fight against here in the culture of Kenya. We love and miss everyone back home dearly, but we know that this is where we are supposed to be.
Benjamin and Rachel