Meet Our International Partners
There are many opportunities in the life of a Christ follower. By the grace of God, he affords us the opportunities to preach and teach, send out and take in, to receive blessing and to give it away. We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) and everything we have comes from him because he created everything in the first place (Colossians 1:16-17). With these things in mind, let us all remember that we have been given much! Through the gospel we have been given life abundantly! We have been given complete joy and a peace that surpasses all understanding in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord. Keeping these undeserved blessings in mind, the International Offering is a great opportunity to give both monetarily and prayerfully as the Lord directs to meet the needs of those who are working abroad to spread the message of the gospel.
International partners are people who have been led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness of this world to shine a light in dark places and to make Jesus’ name known.
Working overseas is not a work that everyone is called to, yet everyone has a part to play. Through the International Offering, God allows us to join him in his work of spreading the gospel and bringing those he has called into his eternal family. What better opportunity is there?
I am reminded of how the Philippian church responded to Paul’s needs while he was on his gospel journeys in Philippians 4:10-20. In these verses, we see a relationship between a church and its partner.
The Philippians were very much concerned with Paul’s welfare and needs and, therefore, sent gifts to him on multiple occasions. Something to note in this transaction is what Paul makes mention of in verse 17, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that is increasing to your account.” This relationship is not a one-way relationship. Paul did not desire their provisions themselves, but he clearly desired that the church in Philippi would have all their needs met through Jesus’ provision, as he states in verse 19. The Philippians cared about Paul and met his needs out of joy and Paul cared for the church and blessed them with the knowledge that their gifts to him would not go unnoticed by God.
This is the experience of love we as a church get to experience in this offering.
This is not a “throw your money at a need” campaign. This is very much a gospel-centered relationship working itself out as we bless others with what God has blessed us. That being said, we here at Exodus have an opportunity to share our blessings financially and prayerfully through the International Offering. We give because Christ gave and is continuing to do so. We give because it is part of fulfilling our universal call as followers of Jesus to accomplish the Great Commission.