Posted by: everynation | September 2, 2009

Learning from the wise

matt_raschby Matt Rasch

I recently had a long brunch with a man whose parents moved to Thailand 50 years ago to make disciples and train leaders. He has been passed the torch. He has dozens of Thai men and women he has trained and together they are still making disciples, training leaders, and planting churches.

What a privilege to hear his heart. After my wife and I spent several hours with him delving for wisdom, we walked away confirmed in many thoughts, as well as challenged in other ways. Whereas we were asking advice for moving to France as missionaries, most of the advice he gave applies to us all as we are all “On mission with God”.

I have condensed my notes from our meeting below:

For Missionaries/Church Planters/Disciple Makers:
1. Everything takes time
2. Relationships are for a lifetime and sometimes take a lifetime
3. The word “mission” has lost its meaning
4. The longer you are in a place, the more you prove you are not going anywhere else. You go from being “one of them” to “one of us”
5. As emissaries of Christ we can’t merely be about special projects
6. As emissaries of Christ we must be multi-generational
7. Live among the people, don’t just travel to them to put ministry on them.
8. Restore the old school values of missionaries, not today’s quick fix syndrome “christianity”
9. The most important ingredient to success is “connectedness”

Well, there you have it. Straight from a man who grew up in Thailand as a missioary kid and has been there 40 years. He will never return to the States. The Thai are his people now.

Have you found your people? Have you gone “All in”? Come on my fellow brothers and sisters, let’s join God in His mission in the earth wherever we are!

Matt Rasch was a campus missionary in Innsbruck, Austria and Budapest, Hungary and is now in the process of planting a new church in Marseilles, France. He is the author of  The Vent Shaft.

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