Saturday, February 2, 2013

Call of the Missionary

That day that Jesus called my name,
Without a second thought,
Within my heart there burned a flame.
I ran to whom I’d sought.

I followed Him and listened to
The lessons He taught me.
And with this wisdom I then grew
Into maturity.

I want to be right at His side
And never leave the Way.
By Peter, Jesus was denied,
Yet I will choose to stay.

Whatever Jesus prays, I’ll pray.
I’ll follow where He leads.
Whatever Jesus says, I’ll say.
I’ll care for those in need.

It is a gift to know the Lord.
Each day has been new since
I heard God’s call and climbed aboard
And followed in His footprints.

He has been faithful to provide
And overflow my net.
Ever since I joined His side,
He’s paid off every debt.

He has calmed the raging seas.
Taking hold of my hand,
Though deep waters churn around me,
With His help, I stand.

The sick were healed, the blind restored,
But it was never me,
For standing close was Christ my Lord.
And it was always He.

With His hand upon my head,
Power was imparted.
Then when I said what He had said,
Miracles were started.

For all the days God lets me live,
I want to serve and show
The lost ones what my Savior did.
Then finally, they’ll know.

I love to follow where God leads.
And though it cost me lots,
When Jesus called me overseas,
I ran to whom I’d sought.

-- C.V., girl, age 14

When my daughter was six years old, she told me that she heard the Lord say to her, "You will be a missionary."  Then when she was seven years old, she said to me one day, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a missionary."  And we became a missionary family when she was ten.  This poem is based on a song she wrote when she was eight years old, called "How Good to be a Missionary."  Here are the lyrics:
    I need to tell you, people
    That God died on the cross for our sins
    And He rose from the dead
    To die and pay price.
    He got up into heaven
    And he told the disciples to
    Go and take care of His work
    And tell people that He rose from the dead.
    And it’s so good to be a missionary!
    I am going to be a missionary,
    And tell people that God rose from the dead;
    Just like God’s disciples.

Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Mat 28:19-20)

More of our children's poems:

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fourteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness.  The painting "Path of the Missionary" © 2012 is by Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.  I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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