Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey
Small Wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and Recognition in case of Success.
-Ernest Shackelton’s recruiting poster for his legendary Antarctic expedition
This is sort of what we feel like we’re asking people to sign up for in helping us plant a church in Freiburg, Germany in October. On the one hand, we want them to know the incredible opportunity that lies before us. To quote Jesus, “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35) Freiburg (and Europe in general) is spiritually ripe… all they need are people willing to cooperate with God to fulfill His desire here. There are a quarter of a million unreached people in Freiburg that are counting on us!
On the other hand, this group must be willing to get out of their comfort zone and be willing to (for at least a season) walk away from their safe lives. This is why Abraham was called the Father of Faith… it says of him,
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. – Hebrew 11:8
It’s a risky proposition, but the higher the risk, the higher the return. No price, no prize!
- That we would “gel” together as a team
- That we would have God’s wisdom in the style and organization of the church, and in the timing…
- That the financial needs would be met, both for the church ($125K the first year) and for the individuals on the team
- And that we would have favor with the people of Freiburg, especially civic leaders and those we must work with to make this happen.