July 30, 2020

Are Sidewalk Counselors Actually Missionaries?

Are Sidewalk Counselors Actually Missionaries?

Many people tend to think of sidewalk counseling as prolife activism or protesting. However, we believe this lifesaving work is actually a missionary endeavor. Join Vicky and Daniel as they share how they believe that this is an important way for...


Many people tend to think of sidewalk counseling as prolife activism or protesting. However, we believe this lifesaving work is actually a missionary endeavor. Join Vicky and Daniel as they share how they believe that this is an important way for Christians to view and describe ministry at an abortion center.

https://sidewalks4life.com/are-sidewalk-counselors-missionaries/

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.600 --> 00:00:06.440 I am yours. I Am Yours, I am yours. Send Me Lord, 2 00:00:06.919 --> 00:00:11.310 I am yours. Welcome to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. Have 3 00:00:11.390 --> 00:00:16.030 you ever thought about Sidewalk Counseling Ministry as a Missionary Endeavor? We really believe 4 00:00:16.070 --> 00:00:18.469 that it is, and this podcast we're going to talk about that, so 5 00:00:18.589 --> 00:00:29.059 stick with us. Send Me Lord. I felt show passis touch your heart. 6 00:00:31.500 --> 00:00:39.170 Use Welcome guys to the Gospel Centered Prolife podcast. Appreciate you guys joining 7 00:00:39.250 --> 00:00:43.649 us and just want to encourage you guys to share this podcast and take some 8 00:00:43.810 --> 00:00:47.210 time, if this is the first of our podcast you've listened, to take 9 00:00:47.250 --> 00:00:49.609 some time to listen to some of the other ones, because we believe they'll 10 00:00:49.649 --> 00:00:53.719 be a blessing to you and share those with people. Share this podcast, 11 00:00:54.119 --> 00:00:59.240 give us a review on this podcast and reach out to us. We'll share 12 00:00:59.240 --> 00:01:00.719 our email addresses at the end of this podcast, so you guys can do 13 00:01:00.799 --> 00:01:04.430 that and suggest topics to us that will try to cover. That will be 14 00:01:04.469 --> 00:01:10.549 a blessing to you, and this episode we're going to cover a topic similar 15 00:01:10.549 --> 00:01:12.909 to what we've covered in the past when we talked about how sidewalk counseling is 16 00:01:12.989 --> 00:01:19.340 not protesting and we shared contrasted what sidewall counseling is with protesting and try to 17 00:01:19.459 --> 00:01:23.780 dispel some myths there there. This is similar to that, but it kind 18 00:01:23.780 --> 00:01:26.500 of brings up a new understanding, I guess, and something that, you 19 00:01:26.579 --> 00:01:30.379 know, I've believed for a long time but hadn't really articulated in this way 20 00:01:32.219 --> 00:01:38.290 until recently, which is the reality that sidewalk counseling is missionary work. When 21 00:01:38.370 --> 00:01:42.329 we're in front of an abortion center, we're at a mission field. That's 22 00:01:42.370 --> 00:01:46.049 right, and I think we need to understand this, and especially pastors, 23 00:01:46.090 --> 00:01:49.200 especially ministry leaders in Churches, and you know, as we're trying to reach 24 00:01:49.200 --> 00:01:53.439 out and get them involved more, get the church more involved, there is 25 00:01:53.560 --> 00:01:57.519 sort of this stigma that's attached to sidewalk counseling that, you know, kind 26 00:01:57.560 --> 00:02:01.150 of makes it look like it's a protest. And these pastors, people that 27 00:02:01.469 --> 00:02:06.750 that should be leading their congregations into missions, and some of them are, 28 00:02:06.790 --> 00:02:10.870 are not really viewing the abortion clinic ministry as a mission field right. You 29 00:02:10.949 --> 00:02:15.979 know, they're happy to send people with their blessing across the seas to China 30 00:02:15.979 --> 00:02:21.659 and Africa and Indian wherever else people might go as missionaries across the seas, 31 00:02:21.860 --> 00:02:24.060 which is great, not trying to diminish that. That's necessary. Go in 32 00:02:24.099 --> 00:02:28.939 to all the world and preach the Gospel. But you know, Jesus does 33 00:02:29.060 --> 00:02:34.330 say in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and then the other uttermost parts of the 34 00:02:34.729 --> 00:02:37.650 of the earth. So send some local first. This way exactly. Yeah, 35 00:02:37.770 --> 00:02:42.810 so our missionary work should start locally. And guys, and many of 36 00:02:42.889 --> 00:02:45.719 you listen and you know this, but a lot of pastors don't know this. 37 00:02:45.960 --> 00:02:47.919 A lot do praise God, but a lot don't realize that just down 38 00:02:47.919 --> 00:02:53.080 the road from your church is a mission field and it's called your abortion clinic. 39 00:02:53.960 --> 00:02:59.069 That is it is missionary work. The people are standing there doing God's 40 00:02:59.110 --> 00:03:02.590 work are missionaries. They're not protesters. That's right. And when we started 41 00:03:02.629 --> 00:03:07.669 talking about this I, as I often do, felt okay, it's important 42 00:03:07.710 --> 00:03:10.830 to define our terms. Yes, I looked up what. What is missionary 43 00:03:10.830 --> 00:03:14.020 work? Am I mean to read? Yeah, what I've found it? 44 00:03:14.300 --> 00:03:22.460 It's from Campbellsville Edu. It's an online article that I found, but that 45 00:03:22.860 --> 00:03:27.289 is a school that does train missionaries, and so they defined the duty of 46 00:03:27.370 --> 00:03:30.650 missionaries. They did the it was a whole article about missionaries, but I 47 00:03:30.770 --> 00:03:35.770 focused on one paragraph. The most important duty of missionaries is to teach people 48 00:03:35.810 --> 00:03:40.759 about Jesus Christ and his great commandment to love God and to love others. 49 00:03:42.479 --> 00:03:47.560 This means ensuring that their actions not only fulfill a need but also are sustained 50 00:03:47.599 --> 00:03:53.879 after they have left the community. Many missionaries focus on the needs of the 51 00:03:53.919 --> 00:04:00.030 community they are serving and integrate those needs with evangelism. So our pro life 52 00:04:00.069 --> 00:04:05.789 activists on the sidewalk of abortion centers doing mission work. And according to that 53 00:04:05.949 --> 00:04:11.740 definition, I would say without a doubt, so they were. They were 54 00:04:11.780 --> 00:04:15.139 kind of two main purposes brought up in in this and maybe then we can 55 00:04:15.379 --> 00:04:19.379 discuss those. The the two main purposes of mission work, the two main 56 00:04:19.420 --> 00:04:25.290 duties. The first purpose to share the truth of the Gospel and to bring 57 00:04:25.329 --> 00:04:29.170 others to a save being knowledge and submission of their lives. Yeah, Jesus 58 00:04:29.209 --> 00:04:33.970 Christ, and the second purpose is to love those people in the mission field 59 00:04:34.009 --> 00:04:38.720 as we are loved and to bring about change in their community and areas of 60 00:04:38.800 --> 00:04:43.040 struggle, to help to write down exactly, yeah, to meet practical needs. 61 00:04:43.240 --> 00:04:46.000 Right, right. So, so, regarding that that first purpose, 62 00:04:47.360 --> 00:04:51.000 do do we do? That? Is that? Is that the role of 63 00:04:51.800 --> 00:04:57.029 will call them now, sidewalk missionaries? Yeah, is that their role? 64 00:04:57.709 --> 00:05:00.430 To Bring The Gospel? Do we do that? Do we attempt to bring 65 00:05:00.430 --> 00:05:03.230 the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Yeah, well, it's what this podcast is 66 00:05:03.389 --> 00:05:08.860 all about. It's what I feel like when we began this podcast, what 67 00:05:09.060 --> 00:05:13.220 we were trying to influence people who are doing pro life work with was the 68 00:05:13.259 --> 00:05:18.139 reality that this is not just activism. HMM, I'm almost hate that word 69 00:05:18.180 --> 00:05:26.970 activism. This is not politically motivated activism, this is not humanistically motivated activism, 70 00:05:27.009 --> 00:05:31.009 because there's a lot of humanism involved in prolife ministry. But to do 71 00:05:31.089 --> 00:05:34.720 it effectively and to do it in a way that honors God, it must 72 00:05:34.759 --> 00:05:41.199 be motivated by the Gospel. Right, and that is the main reason why 73 00:05:41.240 --> 00:05:45.920 I would say again, this is not activism, but this is missionary work. 74 00:05:46.480 --> 00:05:50.790 Is because our goal is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to dark 75 00:05:50.910 --> 00:05:56.750 places, and it gets no darker if we if we take the reality of 76 00:05:56.790 --> 00:05:59.949 what's going on in right, but they're actually, you know, just where 77 00:05:59.990 --> 00:06:02.189 we came from today, right, I don't know how many abortion patient showed 78 00:06:02.230 --> 00:06:06.660 up when there were twenty five, twenty five twenty so twenty five little babies. 79 00:06:06.819 --> 00:06:11.740 Right, we're murdered. Yeah, I don't twenty three actually, because 80 00:06:11.779 --> 00:06:14.939 they were two that chose life. Praise God he's got yeah, right, 81 00:06:15.339 --> 00:06:18.569 but you look at that. Twenty three little babies were murdered inside of that 82 00:06:18.730 --> 00:06:21.769 building. I don't think you can get any darker than that. I mean 83 00:06:21.810 --> 00:06:26.769 you can't get any worse than taking an innocent person, dismembering them and throwing 84 00:06:26.850 --> 00:06:30.889 them into a medical waste bag, sent it all to an incinerator and be 85 00:06:30.410 --> 00:06:33.600 you burned. Yeah, with medical waste. Yeah, that's a dark place. 86 00:06:33.720 --> 00:06:36.879 That's the the darkest place. But of course you look at where. 87 00:06:36.959 --> 00:06:41.279 I mean you read, not if you have, but I have biographies and 88 00:06:41.319 --> 00:06:45.839 autobiographies of men and women of God in the past who've gone, no a 89 00:06:45.879 --> 00:06:49.029 cross seas to to India. So you know, I think of Hudson Taylor, 90 00:06:49.069 --> 00:06:55.670 who went to China. And these men and women went to dark places. 91 00:06:55.870 --> 00:06:58.910 That was kind of the goal, if you read their riotings, it 92 00:06:59.069 --> 00:07:01.220 was to shine the light of the Gospel in dark places. Yeah, and 93 00:07:01.339 --> 00:07:06.579 they gave their lives to that mission work. It's the same thing in front 94 00:07:06.620 --> 00:07:10.459 of an abortion center. That's now, of course, we look at the 95 00:07:10.540 --> 00:07:14.139 awesome fruit and of course many of them labored for years and didn't see very 96 00:07:14.180 --> 00:07:16.930 much fruit, and we know that feeling right, laboring here day after day 97 00:07:16.930 --> 00:07:20.050 and sometimes not seeing fruit, and then praise God, like you just shared, 98 00:07:20.089 --> 00:07:24.329 two babies were saved. So you're looking at, you know, something 99 00:07:24.329 --> 00:07:28.449 terrible. Twenty three babies died, but something awesome. Two babies lives are 100 00:07:28.730 --> 00:07:32.720 saved from certain destruction. MOM's heart was shifted in such a way that she 101 00:07:32.839 --> 00:07:38.360 turned away from death and turned to life. Now have they fully turned to 102 00:07:38.480 --> 00:07:43.120 the Lord? No, but I mean maybe, maybe, but definitely in 103 00:07:43.319 --> 00:07:46.949 our missionary endeavor there, we're going to follow up with them, we're going 104 00:07:46.990 --> 00:07:49.149 to disciple them, and any mission work does that right as we're going and 105 00:07:49.230 --> 00:07:53.029 we're meeting practical needs, and that's what we're doing here. We're talking about 106 00:07:53.029 --> 00:07:56.870 practical needs. If you guys haven't, you know, really cued into our 107 00:07:56.949 --> 00:08:00.139 three points that we share in front of the abortion center, it's what God 108 00:08:00.220 --> 00:08:01.300 says about you, what God says about the baby, you know. So 109 00:08:01.379 --> 00:08:05.420 what God says the humanity of the baby in the practical resources. And so 110 00:08:05.579 --> 00:08:09.579 those are our three talking points that we teach people. We teach side all 111 00:08:09.660 --> 00:08:13.569 counseling and of course, the practical resources of one of those things, and 112 00:08:13.769 --> 00:08:16.889 it is a big thing, right, but it's always coupled with the Gospel. 113 00:08:16.930 --> 00:08:20.129 MMM. Doesn't mean people have to get saved for us to practically help 114 00:08:20.170 --> 00:08:22.889 them. You know that. That lies been told and that's not true. 115 00:08:24.290 --> 00:08:26.689 We help them whether or not they turn their lives to the Lord or not, 116 00:08:26.199 --> 00:08:31.080 but it's all motivated by the Gospel. That's missionary work. If you 117 00:08:31.240 --> 00:08:37.639 read again biographies and autobiographies of missionaries that have done the mission work since the 118 00:08:37.759 --> 00:08:41.750 beginning, you look at the book of acts, right, they're Paul. 119 00:08:41.190 --> 00:08:46.230 What's Paul and Barnabas doing? What we look at it? We look at 120 00:08:46.269 --> 00:08:48.950 the maps in the back of our Bible and you see Paul's Missionary Journey Number 121 00:08:50.029 --> 00:08:52.830 One, two, three, and so anyway, I say all that to 122 00:08:52.909 --> 00:08:58.899 say if you read about missionaries doing mission work, you're you're reading exactly what's 123 00:08:58.940 --> 00:09:03.299 happening on the sidewalks in front of an abortion clinic and beyond. By the 124 00:09:03.340 --> 00:09:05.179 way, it doesn't just happen on the sidewalks. It happens with the follow 125 00:09:05.220 --> 00:09:09.009 up, it happens with a connection with churches, mentors, baby showers, 126 00:09:09.009 --> 00:09:13.769 all that stuff well, and going back to that that initial definition. Yet 127 00:09:13.929 --> 00:09:16.850 you it becomes we become immersed in the community in a sense. We may 128 00:09:16.889 --> 00:09:24.169 not move be moving into their community as as sidewalk missionaries ourself, but we 129 00:09:24.200 --> 00:09:30.639 are in meshed in their community and help them with the resources in their community, 130 00:09:30.759 --> 00:09:33.679 and help is a big part of what a missionary does. Now, 131 00:09:33.720 --> 00:09:37.830 why do we help? For? There's many reasons. For one thing, 132 00:09:37.870 --> 00:09:43.309 we are commanded to to love our neighbor as ourself and to help those who 133 00:09:43.309 --> 00:09:46.590 are on a path of destruction. But if our primary focus is the Gospel 134 00:09:46.870 --> 00:09:54.139 and spreading the Gospel, helping, missionaries discovered right away that the easiest way 135 00:09:54.220 --> 00:10:00.379 to gain the trust of the communities, that that was their mission field, 136 00:10:00.419 --> 00:10:03.700 that where their mission fields, was to help them to find out what their 137 00:10:03.779 --> 00:10:07.330 struggles were. To right, if we're like to bring fresh water togemnities, 138 00:10:07.370 --> 00:10:13.129 and Africa has a huge mission field and that opens people's hearts to then hearing 139 00:10:13.450 --> 00:10:16.289 what you have to say, yeah, that the Gospel. Yeah, it's 140 00:10:16.370 --> 00:10:20.840 not that. For example, like you're talking about bringing fresh water. Are 141 00:10:20.840 --> 00:10:26.080 So digging these whales. It's an awesome testimony of the love of God. 142 00:10:26.159 --> 00:10:30.240 The practical love of God, that person that's digging whales, that ministry, 143 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:33.360 that organization that's digging Wales. They're not just digging whales to dig whales. 144 00:10:33.399 --> 00:10:37.909 I mean it's a humanitarian effort and praise God for that. But the ones 145 00:10:37.110 --> 00:10:41.309 are certainly that our Gospel Center, are digging those whales to show that there 146 00:10:41.429 --> 00:10:45.350 is a source of living water and that's Jesus Christ right now. Of course, 147 00:10:45.710 --> 00:10:48.230 like we we're not meeting every need. We don't. We don't, 148 00:10:48.629 --> 00:10:54.019 you know, just give cash money to women who are suffering financially. We 149 00:10:54.220 --> 00:10:56.500 have, but it's not we don't cover every need, but we do the 150 00:10:56.580 --> 00:11:01.100 best we can with the resources that we have. We pour ourselves out as 151 00:11:01.179 --> 00:11:05.129 best we can and if you can read these missionaries around the world now and 152 00:11:05.250 --> 00:11:09.529 in the past, they're pouring themselves out. They're not meeting every need practically, 153 00:11:11.250 --> 00:11:13.330 but they are meeting the practical needs that they're able to and that the 154 00:11:13.409 --> 00:11:18.799 resources allow for them to. But the most important thing they're doing is bringing 155 00:11:18.360 --> 00:11:24.360 the Gospel, bringing to bear the truth of who God is, of Man's 156 00:11:24.399 --> 00:11:28.960 guilt before God and what God did in order to bridge that gap, to 157 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:33.710 bridge that divide by sending Jesus Christ to die on a cross and arise from 158 00:11:33.710 --> 00:11:37.110 the grave, defeating death on behalf of those that will put their trust in 159 00:11:37.149 --> 00:11:39.629 him. Yeah, and so thought that just came to me, which isn't 160 00:11:39.830 --> 00:11:43.389 in my outline at all. But today the heat index was over a hundred. 161 00:11:43.669 --> 00:11:46.779 Yeah, and our councilors were out there all day. Our missionaries. 162 00:11:46.820 --> 00:11:50.419 Will call the missionaries. Now you're out there all day. It was. 163 00:11:50.659 --> 00:11:54.580 It was brutal. Who is just so hot? And so many missionaries do 164 00:11:54.700 --> 00:12:01.220 Labor under difficult conditions. They're often going into difficult situations. I think that's 165 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:07.529 another commonality, because we are certainly out there and terrible weather and for long 166 00:12:07.649 --> 00:12:11.370 hours sometimes, and with a great deal of adversity. Yeah, and that 167 00:12:11.610 --> 00:12:20.080 is what missionaries often face, because something much more important than their own safety 168 00:12:20.120 --> 00:12:26.080 or comfort is is being dealt with, and that's yeah, that's people who 169 00:12:26.080 --> 00:12:28.720 don't know the Lord, who are in a place of great darkness and babies 170 00:12:28.759 --> 00:12:31.629 that are going to die. Yeah, absolutely, See. Yeah, yeah, 171 00:12:31.629 --> 00:12:35.230 you have missionaries dealing with issues very similar to what we're dealing with. 172 00:12:35.509 --> 00:12:39.750 You know, you have missionaries that do things overseas. You know, I 173 00:12:39.830 --> 00:12:43.669 think of some folks that I knew of they did mission work in the Philippines. 174 00:12:43.710 --> 00:12:46.100 Yeah, and some of that mission work was involved in getting children out 175 00:12:46.100 --> 00:12:50.820 of sex trafficking situations. That would be hard. Yeah, and you're literally 176 00:12:50.860 --> 00:12:54.659 saving lives and that you're literally going in Handsone, saving lives, rescuing these 177 00:12:54.820 --> 00:13:01.769 children out of the bondage of these these wicked men and women. Yeah, 178 00:13:01.970 --> 00:13:05.289 and but of course it's seasoned with the Gospel, right, and you're bringing 179 00:13:05.330 --> 00:13:09.769 the Gospel to these kids because this, this Gospel, this Jesus that came 180 00:13:09.889 --> 00:13:13.639 and died for them, can take away any of the shame that they're feeling, 181 00:13:13.679 --> 00:13:18.039 any of the trauma that they felt. And you know, there's numerous 182 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:22.559 testimonies of child and rescued out of sex trafficking, right, who turn their 183 00:13:22.559 --> 00:13:26.159 lives over to the Lord. God was able to take that whole situation, 184 00:13:26.600 --> 00:13:30.070 things that were done to them. And yet still in that there's shame that's 185 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:31.870 put off on them, right, and they bear the shame even though it's 186 00:13:31.870 --> 00:13:35.629 not there's to bear. And yet Jesus turns their lives around and use their 187 00:13:35.669 --> 00:13:39.070 lives as a testimony. So they've been rescued, they've been physically rescued. 188 00:13:39.389 --> 00:13:43.379 Well, that's what's happening at an abortion clinic to these children are about to 189 00:13:43.460 --> 00:13:46.700 die and we are physically now we're not going in and grabbing them out, 190 00:13:46.700 --> 00:13:48.980 because we can't do that, obviously, but we are physically. They are 191 00:13:50.059 --> 00:13:54.460 physically rescuing. Of course, we're rescuing the MOMS from that decision they're going 192 00:13:54.460 --> 00:13:58.250 to make that's going to bring more guilt on them, guilt that they, 193 00:13:58.330 --> 00:14:01.490 of course, do incur themselves. Yeah, but we're trying to save and 194 00:14:01.570 --> 00:14:03.970 rescue them from that and then save and rescue these babies from certain death, 195 00:14:05.009 --> 00:14:09.000 right. And but it's always motivated by the Gospel and we ultimately we want 196 00:14:09.039 --> 00:14:11.399 these MOMS to come to know the Lord, and that's why we sees and 197 00:14:11.480 --> 00:14:16.679 everything we do with the Gospel, so that they would lead that child, 198 00:14:16.679 --> 00:14:20.000 when that child's born and that child grows, into a knowledge of the Lord. 199 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:24.269 And we've seen that happen and we have and hopefully the end resalt is 200 00:14:24.470 --> 00:14:31.669 that a community gradually grows more pro life and less inclined to choose the disastrous 201 00:14:31.710 --> 00:14:35.350 path, yeah, of abortion. So I was as I was thinking over 202 00:14:35.389 --> 00:14:41.940 these these key areas, that that there's a commonality between what we do on 203 00:14:41.980 --> 00:14:45.860 the sidewalk and what a missionary does. I came up with just for there's 204 00:14:45.899 --> 00:14:48.299 probably many, many more. Yeah, but Um, but maybe we could 205 00:14:48.299 --> 00:14:52.610 run run through those and kind of think about how they are very similar, 206 00:14:52.769 --> 00:15:00.450 the similarities between, you know, sidewalk counseling or side missionaries to foreign missions. 207 00:15:00.730 --> 00:15:05.289 Correct. Yeah. So, so the most effective missionaries are those who 208 00:15:05.450 --> 00:15:11.600 enter into relationship with people in the sphere of their ministry. They'll spend a 209 00:15:11.639 --> 00:15:13.799 lot of time with the people. oftentimes they move, almost always, and 210 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:18.600 they move to the area where that mission field is, the target people group. 211 00:15:20.039 --> 00:15:22.149 And so think about that, maybe talk about that. How how about 212 00:15:22.309 --> 00:15:30.830 how are we similar in in building relationships with our target people group? Yeah, 213 00:15:31.389 --> 00:15:35.590 well, I mean first I will say that it's not like we have 214 00:15:35.740 --> 00:15:37.820 to move to that area because we're in that area. I told my wife 215 00:15:37.820 --> 00:15:41.899 a couple of months ago, just in thinking about this and how we're missionaries 216 00:15:41.980 --> 00:15:45.340 and I just encouraging her because she's missionaries. He's kind of like a medical 217 00:15:45.379 --> 00:15:48.460 missionary. Wants it sure is her skills as a nurse, and she does. 218 00:15:48.659 --> 00:15:52.730 Mean if you guys haven't listened to the podcast about the abortion pill reversal, 219 00:15:52.769 --> 00:15:56.649 exactly these listen to that, because she's involved in that and that's missionary 220 00:15:56.690 --> 00:15:58.929 work. That's saving lives. Yeah, she's also involved on the sidewalk here 221 00:16:00.090 --> 00:16:03.730 and using her skills as a nurse to give free pregnancy tests, as ultrasound, 222 00:16:03.169 --> 00:16:07.080 that sort of thing. So she's a missionary in that way and I 223 00:16:07.159 --> 00:16:10.240 encouraged her the other day a couple months ago and I said, you know, 224 00:16:10.279 --> 00:16:14.039 what reality is, we're missionaries. We just get the amenities of the 225 00:16:14.120 --> 00:16:17.759 United States. You know, we don't live in Africa where, you know. 226 00:16:18.279 --> 00:16:19.389 I mean, listen, I can get down the street from my house, 227 00:16:19.429 --> 00:16:22.230 even though we're missionaries and we're in the community, we're involved in people's 228 00:16:22.269 --> 00:16:26.110 lives. I can get down the road to Walmart and get things that, 229 00:16:26.309 --> 00:16:30.830 you know, you can't find in some places miles and miles away in Africa, 230 00:16:30.870 --> 00:16:33.419 are India, you know. So we get some of the amenities. 231 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:37.500 But also, you know, if you think about it, with foreign missions, 232 00:16:37.820 --> 00:16:41.179 there's a time that people who are far missionaries can fly back to the 233 00:16:41.179 --> 00:16:42.899 United States and get a little break from that mission work and they'll maybe come 234 00:16:42.940 --> 00:16:45.980 to a mission conference here in the United States, maybe take a little bit 235 00:16:47.019 --> 00:16:52.090 of a sabbatical from that we can't do that because we're in the community. 236 00:16:52.450 --> 00:16:55.090 Yeah, and so you know, some of the ways that we're in the 237 00:16:55.169 --> 00:17:00.049 community is in building those relationships. You know, me and my wife, 238 00:17:00.649 --> 00:17:03.159 some months ago there was a mom that chose life. This is kind of 239 00:17:03.159 --> 00:17:07.319 an example of us pain in the community and I won't share all the details 240 00:17:07.359 --> 00:17:11.200 because it's kind of a difficult story and I don't want to give anybody's personal 241 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:15.599 information away. But this was a mom that chose life here at La Trabe 242 00:17:15.599 --> 00:17:18.750 abortion center and she had some struggles, some mental struggles. Now she was 243 00:17:19.269 --> 00:17:22.950 certainly for life. She'd chosen life. She wanted to keep the baby. 244 00:17:22.990 --> 00:17:26.269 She didn't even want to have an abortion to begin with, just the circumstance 245 00:17:26.390 --> 00:17:29.390 dictated to her that. She felt like she needed to ultimately praise God. 246 00:17:29.470 --> 00:17:33.019 She chose life, but she had some mental struggles and she had ultimately ended 247 00:17:33.019 --> 00:17:36.740 up trying to take her own life. Yeah, and so me and my 248 00:17:36.900 --> 00:17:41.500 wife went to the institution where she was at and she, you praise God, 249 00:17:41.539 --> 00:17:42.619 didn't take her own life. She was not successful. I think it 250 00:17:42.619 --> 00:17:45.490 was more of a cry for help than anything, and so we went and 251 00:17:45.529 --> 00:17:52.009 visited her in that mental institution encouraged her and made ourselves available to help her 252 00:17:52.130 --> 00:17:55.930 in whatever she needed. A couple of months after that and she got out 253 00:17:56.009 --> 00:17:57.009 and she was, you know, on her feet and doing well, we 254 00:17:57.720 --> 00:18:02.799 went to her house and we took our baby shower ministry team and actually threw 255 00:18:02.799 --> 00:18:04.319 a baby shower for yeah, so that's one of the ways. And I 256 00:18:04.359 --> 00:18:10.279 actually built a relationship with a guy who was living with her in her house 257 00:18:10.400 --> 00:18:14.190 and try to influence him with the Gospel and all that. So just practically 258 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:18.589 building relationships now, you know, and kind of a, I guess, 259 00:18:18.670 --> 00:18:22.349 frontline way. So that's sort of behind the scenes things, but in a 260 00:18:22.430 --> 00:18:26.539 front line way and a very, you know, pointed way. We're trying. 261 00:18:26.660 --> 00:18:30.299 We're in the community, were there on the sidewalks and we're trying to 262 00:18:30.339 --> 00:18:34.059 meet people where they're at right we're trying dark as place. Are there we 263 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:37.500 worst moment really, which is right there in front of that abortion center. 264 00:18:37.619 --> 00:18:41.569 So we're trying to be relatable. You know, if you think about our 265 00:18:41.609 --> 00:18:44.730 the missionary, one of the things that missionaries do, foreign missionaries do, 266 00:18:45.210 --> 00:18:48.849 is they try to learn the language, you know, and they try to 267 00:18:48.890 --> 00:18:52.089 speak the language that the people are speaking so that they mean they don't go 268 00:18:52.250 --> 00:18:56.039 into a village and make everybody learn English right. They meet people where they're 269 00:18:56.039 --> 00:19:00.079 at right and we in the same way. Now, of course I'm not 270 00:19:00.119 --> 00:19:02.839 going to stand on the sidewalk and use the language of the people going in 271 00:19:02.920 --> 00:19:06.119 because a lot of times it's foul language, not the language that God would 272 00:19:06.119 --> 00:19:10.269 have us use. But I will sometimes because, if you think about it, 273 00:19:10.349 --> 00:19:14.829 we use our Christianese a lot of times and we use terms that a 274 00:19:14.910 --> 00:19:18.670 lot of just normal everyday people don't use, like the word repent. Yeah, 275 00:19:18.750 --> 00:19:22.509 it's a biblical word and I've talked about this in the past. I 276 00:19:22.589 --> 00:19:25.380 think it's a word we should use, but if we're going to use it, 277 00:19:25.980 --> 00:19:29.539 then we need to use it in a in a real way that connects 278 00:19:29.579 --> 00:19:30.980 with them. So if I use the word repent, I'm going to describe 279 00:19:32.019 --> 00:19:34.259 what it means, but more often than not I'm going to speak the language. 280 00:19:34.460 --> 00:19:37.180 So I'm going to talk in everyday terms. I'm not going to use 281 00:19:37.299 --> 00:19:41.490 like all these big biblical terms and all this other stuff. Right, I'm 282 00:19:41.490 --> 00:19:44.210 going to talk in the terms that people know because, you know, let's 283 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:47.690 face it, we're dealing with people who are just everyday people coming to the 284 00:19:47.730 --> 00:19:51.049 abortion. We're not dealing with, you know, the super educated people. 285 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:53.519 Some people are coming to the abortion clinic are, but mostly it's just common 286 00:19:53.559 --> 00:19:56.480 people that speak, you know, everyday language whatever, not using these big 287 00:19:56.559 --> 00:20:00.839 terms and, you know, getting into the Latin and the gree on these 288 00:20:00.880 --> 00:20:04.680 other things. Yeah, and so fact is, though, a lot of 289 00:20:04.759 --> 00:20:10.150 the people that we encounter at the abortion clinic do at least claim to believe 290 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:12.269 in Jesus. Most of them do here in the south. So when we're 291 00:20:12.349 --> 00:20:15.630 talking the Lord, we're talking about the Lord, we're talking about Jesus. 292 00:20:17.069 --> 00:20:21.230 I mean, I'll quote John Sixteen, and probably ninety percent of the people 293 00:20:21.269 --> 00:20:23.819 going into the abortion center to have abortions can finish the quote for me right. 294 00:20:25.059 --> 00:20:26.819 So I'll connect with them on that level too. Yeah, I'll remind 295 00:20:26.980 --> 00:20:30.900 them use some of their language, which, you know, here in the 296 00:20:30.940 --> 00:20:33.619 south is Biblical language, by the way, and I'll remind them of some 297 00:20:33.700 --> 00:20:37.650 of the truths that they had known when they are raised in church and they 298 00:20:37.650 --> 00:20:38.890 were brought up in Sunday school and that sort of thing. That's kind of 299 00:20:38.890 --> 00:20:41.410 speaking the language. Yeah, it is. It's relating to them on a 300 00:20:41.529 --> 00:20:45.930 spiritual level that they certainly had at least at some point in their life, 301 00:20:47.049 --> 00:20:51.119 most of them. Yeah, and and understanding the culture, because we do 302 00:20:51.319 --> 00:20:55.200 have some minority groups, that certainly a lot of minority groups actually, that 303 00:20:55.559 --> 00:21:03.240 come to have an abortion and understanding, for example, that adoption is seen 304 00:21:03.279 --> 00:21:07.029 as foster care in in, for example, in the black community. Quite 305 00:21:07.069 --> 00:21:10.630 often they equate. Well, if you understand that, you're going to speak 306 00:21:10.630 --> 00:21:12.950 to them more carefully. Yeah, about that issue. And so I think 307 00:21:14.349 --> 00:21:17.670 we you do need to be trained in the culture of the people that you 308 00:21:17.789 --> 00:21:21.660 are going to encounter. Yeah, absolutely, add in our mission field and 309 00:21:21.740 --> 00:21:23.619 and we make an effort to do that. But I love your example of 310 00:21:25.220 --> 00:21:30.900 going and visiting the Young Woman that that you had counseled. And that actually 311 00:21:30.980 --> 00:21:37.329 does happen quite often in different ways from our sidewalk missionaries. For example, 312 00:21:37.609 --> 00:21:41.970 many of them visit the mom when she has the baby in the hospital. 313 00:21:41.009 --> 00:21:45.250 Yeah, many of them go to the baby shower. And then we also 314 00:21:45.450 --> 00:21:52.759 connect them with people to through love life, Charlotte, to to have a 315 00:21:52.880 --> 00:21:57.640 mentor, and that mentor often does literally live in their literal community, right. 316 00:21:57.680 --> 00:22:02.309 Yeah, we know their favoritors that are close to their neighborhood. They 317 00:22:02.349 --> 00:22:06.349 can be involved in their lives or we try to find people we don't but 318 00:22:06.509 --> 00:22:11.430 love life. The mentorship director tries to link them with people who who have 319 00:22:11.509 --> 00:22:18.779 similar life story, similar background, similar struggles. So that is all because 320 00:22:18.859 --> 00:22:23.940 of this number one specific area in which are are to be either a foreign 321 00:22:23.980 --> 00:22:30.609 missionary and a sidewalk missionary collide. That are the same as that. The 322 00:22:30.690 --> 00:22:34.250 attempt is to build the relationship. Yeah, absolutely, and that's for the 323 00:22:34.369 --> 00:22:38.130 purpose, as always, the overarching purpose of all of these is that so 324 00:22:38.250 --> 00:22:41.769 that ultimately we can share the gospel. Yeah, you can bring them to 325 00:22:41.849 --> 00:22:45.640 the Lord. So that's that's the first way in which I think there's a 326 00:22:45.759 --> 00:22:52.880 lot of similarities. Missionaries understand that it is critical to build trust with the 327 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:57.750 people that they serve, and we've even done a whole podcast on how we 328 00:22:59.509 --> 00:23:03.349 needs. Two episodes that we does about building trust or helping us a mom 329 00:23:03.470 --> 00:23:08.829 convey her trust from the abortion clinic to ultimately the Lord. Right, right. 330 00:23:10.349 --> 00:23:14.059 So the way to you can go back and listen to that podcast, 331 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:18.019 which I think would be very valuable. But but the way that a missionary 332 00:23:18.099 --> 00:23:23.500 on a foreign mission field builds trust is through meeting practical needs. Yeah, 333 00:23:23.619 --> 00:23:29.329 first identifying them and then seeing how can they meet those needs, and not 334 00:23:29.529 --> 00:23:36.009 the needs that they think that those people might have, but they actually speak 335 00:23:36.049 --> 00:23:38.329 to the people, they live in the community, they find out what those 336 00:23:38.490 --> 00:23:44.839 people express as their needs. Well, I think that is very analogous. 337 00:23:44.880 --> 00:23:48.000 Yeah, with what we do out on the sidewalk. Absolutely. Yeah, 338 00:23:48.039 --> 00:23:53.160 what we have as far as resources, and we we've got a resource guide 339 00:23:53.480 --> 00:23:59.470 that's several several pages then. Yeah, and that's not something we just came 340 00:23:59.549 --> 00:24:03.430 up with overnight. Right, we can pile that over years of speaking with 341 00:24:03.589 --> 00:24:07.950 people finding out what their needs are. I mean, you think about the 342 00:24:07.789 --> 00:24:12.819 childcare resource. Right where we're we've basically got a volunteer that is called churches, 343 00:24:12.859 --> 00:24:15.980 because you know a lot of churches here in the United States, especially 344 00:24:15.980 --> 00:24:18.940 here in the south, and I don't know how it is across the nation, 345 00:24:19.019 --> 00:24:22.259 but I imagine it's probably the same. Churches have daycares. Yes, 346 00:24:22.740 --> 00:24:26.369 and especially these pro life churches that claim to be, you know, against 347 00:24:26.410 --> 00:24:30.569 abortion and want to help woman. We'll call him up and say, Hey, 348 00:24:30.609 --> 00:24:33.930 you've got a daycare, they're in your church and we've got a mom 349 00:24:33.490 --> 00:24:37.890 who needs daycare. She didn't have the finance. It's use a single mom 350 00:24:37.250 --> 00:24:40.759 to pay for daycare. Will you give her a scholarship? And we've had 351 00:24:40.839 --> 00:24:44.400 churches say yes, we'll give you a scholarship right. And so that's one 352 00:24:44.559 --> 00:24:48.720 need that we had through conversations with women. It's a common thing that a 353 00:24:48.759 --> 00:24:51.200 lot of us might not think of. We might think of well, she 354 00:24:51.240 --> 00:24:53.990 could use a baby shower and we certainly need housing ministries and those are important 355 00:24:55.069 --> 00:24:57.630 things, but we might not think of the practical like child care. Like 356 00:24:57.750 --> 00:25:00.869 she's worried if she has another kid that she's not going to be able to 357 00:25:00.910 --> 00:25:04.630 work to provide for the other kids because she doesn't have childcare. She can't 358 00:25:04.670 --> 00:25:10.099 afford Chianti for each so even if we can she can find child care here, 359 00:25:10.619 --> 00:25:12.859 she can't afford it. It's an and yet add one more kid. 360 00:25:12.900 --> 00:25:18.500 It's just child care is so unbelievably expensive. So that was finding out what 361 00:25:18.579 --> 00:25:22.809 an actual need was meeting that need and that built the trust. That helped. 362 00:25:22.890 --> 00:25:27.450 It's helped so many women to choose life. I had this sadly didn't 363 00:25:27.450 --> 00:25:32.450 end in the woman choosing life. But but just this past weekend there was 364 00:25:32.529 --> 00:25:38.799 a mom who had multiple needs, severe and significant needs, and instantly I 365 00:25:38.920 --> 00:25:42.200 thought what this mom really neat. She needs the Lord, of course, 366 00:25:42.279 --> 00:25:47.279 but she really needs a social worker. Yeah, and praise God, we 367 00:25:47.400 --> 00:25:52.910 had just had a volunteer who called me and said she just graduated from Social 368 00:25:52.950 --> 00:25:55.950 Work School. She had started work as a social work or one of the 369 00:25:56.029 --> 00:25:57.509 very few. Well, I don't know if I can say that, but 370 00:25:59.349 --> 00:26:03.069 she was certain. She herself is very strongly pro life. Yeah, but 371 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:07.259 with training and social work. And it struck me this that's what this mom 372 00:26:07.420 --> 00:26:10.059 really needs, and I was able to offer that. And this was a 373 00:26:10.180 --> 00:26:14.980 mom who said I she didn't even want to really discuss she said I have 374 00:26:15.059 --> 00:26:17.140 to abort, I have to abort. But she ended up talking to me 375 00:26:17.259 --> 00:26:21.009 for over two hours. Yeah, and I think it was because I was 376 00:26:21.049 --> 00:26:25.450 able to to discern, because of everything she told me, this was a 377 00:26:25.809 --> 00:26:30.970 desperate need and this social worker could help her in one of the most sorrowful 378 00:26:30.329 --> 00:26:34.559 parts of her story. So she was then willing to open up to me 379 00:26:34.640 --> 00:26:38.920 and talk with me. Yeah, so that it. You have to build 380 00:26:38.920 --> 00:26:47.670 trust and we have found that we build trusts most easily by showing we're willing 381 00:26:47.710 --> 00:26:51.950 to help. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, okay, so missionaries also, 382 00:26:52.190 --> 00:26:56.950 we talked about this a little bit. Learn the culture they're entering and they 383 00:26:56.109 --> 00:27:02.500 try to meet the people with an understanding of their culture, but as well 384 00:27:02.539 --> 00:27:08.099 as emphasizing the commonality of their humanness, of their human experience. So cultural 385 00:27:08.299 --> 00:27:19.650 differences are important to know, but additionally human commonalities. Yeah, and all 386 00:27:19.690 --> 00:27:26.210 of us, the Bible tells us what the most basic commonality is is that 387 00:27:26.369 --> 00:27:29.890 every one of us has made in the image of God. Yeah, and 388 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:33.039 so that is so important, not only for our missionary to express to the 389 00:27:33.079 --> 00:27:37.920 people that they go to, but it's certainly is one of the the basic 390 00:27:38.039 --> 00:27:42.279 issues that we bring up as sidewalk missionaries. YEA, and one of the 391 00:27:42.319 --> 00:27:48.029 ways that we do that, that we share our common experiences and common struggles, 392 00:27:48.549 --> 00:27:52.910 is by sharing our testimonies. Excellent point. I mean, if you 393 00:27:52.990 --> 00:27:56.710 think about it, you know we all have struggles. Doesn't matter what culture 394 00:27:56.710 --> 00:27:59.420 you come from, doesn't matter what background you come from, it doesn't matter 395 00:27:59.539 --> 00:28:02.980 what color your skin is. Right, we all have struggles. We all 396 00:28:03.019 --> 00:28:07.059 struggle in various ways. Yeah, and we can share out of those struggles. 397 00:28:07.220 --> 00:28:11.740 But say we've got a mom who, and we encountered this, who's 398 00:28:11.019 --> 00:28:15.490 this is our first baby and she's anxious about having a child. She just 399 00:28:15.650 --> 00:28:18.769 doesn't know what to expect. She doesn't have a lot of people around her 400 00:28:18.809 --> 00:28:22.769 that's going to support her. Right share support system is gone, or maybe 401 00:28:22.769 --> 00:28:26.890 they're the people that are encouraging her to have the abortion. There's a lot 402 00:28:26.930 --> 00:28:30.400 of anxiety there. Any woman who's had a child can identify with that. 403 00:28:30.680 --> 00:28:34.319 That's right it. You know, that cross is really cultural boundary. So, 404 00:28:34.440 --> 00:28:37.920 yeah, you got to learn the culture, you got to learn the 405 00:28:37.960 --> 00:28:40.880 culture that you're speaking into. You've got to learn. I mean there's some 406 00:28:41.000 --> 00:28:44.349 things that you can say that are just not helpful when you're speaking of particular 407 00:28:44.390 --> 00:28:47.349 cultures. Right. So you learn that. You learn to just avoid those 408 00:28:47.390 --> 00:28:52.390 things and and really speak again of the common experiences. So again, I'm 409 00:28:52.549 --> 00:28:55.670 mom who has had a baby in the past. Can speak to a mom 410 00:28:55.940 --> 00:28:59.900 who's now pregnant, who has anxiety about having a baby, right. Yeah, 411 00:28:59.980 --> 00:29:03.259 you know, I'll share all the time my testimony. Yeah, when 412 00:29:03.299 --> 00:29:06.779 I speak to young men who have anxiety about being a father at a young 413 00:29:06.819 --> 00:29:10.690 age, I share my testimony. I share and again, it doesn't matter 414 00:29:10.730 --> 00:29:14.490 whether they're black or wide or Hispanic or whatever. I can share my testimony 415 00:29:15.009 --> 00:29:18.970 and the same God who brought me through that situation can bring them through and 416 00:29:19.049 --> 00:29:22.329 I'll share that. And that's what missionaries do as well. You know, 417 00:29:22.490 --> 00:29:26.559 we go. If you think about it, people are called to the mission 418 00:29:26.599 --> 00:29:30.839 field and it's part of their testimony. They're calling is part of their testimony. 419 00:29:30.960 --> 00:29:34.279 As they share their testimony, what God has done they're calling is part 420 00:29:34.279 --> 00:29:37.710 of their testimony, but also as they're going in the mission feard filled, 421 00:29:37.829 --> 00:29:41.069 part of their message is their testimony. God brought me. I mean, 422 00:29:41.069 --> 00:29:45.109 you think about it. You're an American who a lot of countries, and 423 00:29:45.150 --> 00:29:48.670 I'm speaking about foreign missions, view America is just a rich country like in 424 00:29:49.349 --> 00:29:53.180 really in comparison, if you look at Third World countries and you compare the 425 00:29:53.220 --> 00:29:57.059 poor people in America to some of the middle class and Third World countries, 426 00:29:57.099 --> 00:30:00.299 the poor people in America are filthy rich right in comparison. Yeah, they 427 00:30:00.299 --> 00:30:04.980 are. So you think about that and when a missionary comes to a country 428 00:30:06.579 --> 00:30:08.809 like Nepal or something like that, just kind of random, you know, 429 00:30:08.930 --> 00:30:15.289 thinking about you know, the country where missionaries go and they wonder why did 430 00:30:15.410 --> 00:30:22.200 this rich American come here to live among us? Well, let me tell 431 00:30:22.200 --> 00:30:25.240 you why. And they share the testament. Here's what God did in my 432 00:30:25.359 --> 00:30:27.720 life and here's the message that God wanted me to bring to you. And 433 00:30:27.920 --> 00:30:30.920 so, yeah, it's knowing the culture, it's being in the culture, 434 00:30:32.200 --> 00:30:36.750 it's speaking from your own personal experience. That commonality there. Missionaries, do 435 00:30:36.869 --> 00:30:41.069 that, subbalt missionaries. Yeah, again I have I want to brag on 436 00:30:41.109 --> 00:30:44.869 your wife, Courtney, who was so wonderful when I was having this extended 437 00:30:45.029 --> 00:30:49.579 counseling session with with a mom this this weekend and the mom felt that her 438 00:30:49.619 --> 00:30:53.700 baby was better off dead because the baby was going to be born into a 439 00:30:53.819 --> 00:30:59.579 life of struggle, very severe struggle, and she felt even abuse because she 440 00:30:59.660 --> 00:31:03.420 was very concerned what was going to happen to this baby at once the baby 441 00:31:03.500 --> 00:31:07.849 was born. And that's that's common. We hear that a lot and Cordney 442 00:31:07.930 --> 00:31:11.529 was able to share her own dad's struggles, that he had grown up in 443 00:31:11.569 --> 00:31:17.210 a pretty, pretty rough, rough beginning and very deprived and ended up in 444 00:31:17.250 --> 00:31:22.519 an orphanage and and he had significant struggles and suffering. Courtney said it would 445 00:31:22.519 --> 00:31:26.839 make her cry when he would tell her the stories of what what he went 446 00:31:26.960 --> 00:31:30.799 through. But Courtney shared with this mom what if he had been aborted? 447 00:31:32.119 --> 00:31:36.430 Yeah, I wouldn't be here. Yeah, my eight beautiful children wouldn't be 448 00:31:36.710 --> 00:31:41.950 here. He was not better off dead, and so that sharing that story, 449 00:31:41.269 --> 00:31:48.779 it her testimony, part of her testimony. So expose the common fear 450 00:31:48.500 --> 00:31:53.380 that suffering means that you shouldn't bring a child into the world because they're going 451 00:31:53.420 --> 00:31:57.339 to suffer. And she said, well, that is false. That's not 452 00:31:57.539 --> 00:32:02.369 what the people who have been brought into this world who did suffer report. 453 00:32:02.569 --> 00:32:07.049 Yeah, they still would have wanted to live. Yeah, almost overwhelmingly. 454 00:32:07.089 --> 00:32:12.529 Yeah. So, so you do need to be aware of the culture that 455 00:32:12.690 --> 00:32:17.160 you're dealing with, but you don't have to take a course in cultural studies, 456 00:32:17.200 --> 00:32:20.359 I don't think, to be in front of an abortion center, because 457 00:32:20.400 --> 00:32:24.200 you can always share your own testimony and you can always share the commonalities that 458 00:32:24.440 --> 00:32:30.670 that all human beings can can share. Yeah, absolutely. So a fourth 459 00:32:30.829 --> 00:32:38.589 thing that missionaries do, for missionaries to a foreign field, is they share 460 00:32:38.630 --> 00:32:42.950 the Gospel. We've already mentioned that a little bit, but it's probably the 461 00:32:43.549 --> 00:32:50.099 single most important thing. Yeah, absolutely, talk about is that they feel 462 00:32:50.140 --> 00:32:54.099 called to the mission field to bring the love and the truth of Jesus Christ, 463 00:32:54.420 --> 00:33:00.210 and they do that bit by becoming a trusted member of the community and 464 00:33:00.529 --> 00:33:06.529 sharing needs and then they have access to share the gospel. But but talk 465 00:33:06.569 --> 00:33:12.809 about that a little. We certainly do share the Gospel. Yeah, well, 466 00:33:12.960 --> 00:33:15.880 you know, one of the traps, I think, with some modern 467 00:33:15.599 --> 00:33:22.160 missionary endeavors is to become, like I said earlier, humanitarian effort towards meeting 468 00:33:22.200 --> 00:33:25.400 then we're all you're doing is meeting the needs. You know, your feeding 469 00:33:25.440 --> 00:33:30.269 the hungry and your digging whales, and none of that is bad. Please 470 00:33:30.390 --> 00:33:36.509 don't misunderstand me. We should be doing those things. But even in prolife 471 00:33:36.589 --> 00:33:39.029 ministry, you know, we can fall into that trap to where it becomes 472 00:33:39.109 --> 00:33:45.740 just humanitarian effort. And this really goes back to something I think we've covered 473 00:33:45.140 --> 00:33:51.700 in several previous podcasts and we'll cover again and again and again, which is 474 00:33:51.940 --> 00:33:55.529 what is the motivation of our ministry, right is it? Because I don't 475 00:33:55.569 --> 00:34:00.730 say just to minimize it, but I say just to help maximize the real 476 00:34:00.849 --> 00:34:05.890 point that. So it's it's not just that babies are dying again. I'll 477 00:34:05.890 --> 00:34:07.849 minimize that. It's a terrible thing and that should really that should be a 478 00:34:07.969 --> 00:34:12.840 motivator for us, but it shouldn't be our only motivator. And up and 479 00:34:12.920 --> 00:34:15.440 I'd argue it shouldn't be our primary motivator. Our primary motivator is God. 480 00:34:16.039 --> 00:34:21.039 Is Glory for him, because if the like I've said in the past, 481 00:34:21.159 --> 00:34:24.989 if your love for your neighbor is the chief motivation, then you've got the 482 00:34:25.110 --> 00:34:29.750 cart before the horse. We're supposed to love God and then love our neighbor. 483 00:34:29.829 --> 00:34:30.909 So our love for our neighbor flows out of our love for God. 484 00:34:30.989 --> 00:34:36.349 And so many missionary endeavors. You know foreign missions and even he know local 485 00:34:36.389 --> 00:34:42.539 missions. The motivation is like this, this humanitarian love, this love for 486 00:34:42.739 --> 00:34:45.780 people, and again we should have that right that sounded all about. It's 487 00:34:45.900 --> 00:34:50.420 got to be motivated by look for God. There's there's a sermon out there 488 00:34:50.579 --> 00:34:53.570 and I've encourage you to listen to I encourage everybody I encounter listen to that. 489 00:34:53.730 --> 00:34:57.969 Talks about this very things from a brother back, some some years back, 490 00:34:58.010 --> 00:35:00.010 back in the S, I believe, when that was recorded Paris reet 491 00:35:00.090 --> 00:35:04.690 head, and it's called Tin Shekels in a shirt. HMM. Now, 492 00:35:04.730 --> 00:35:07.760 if you have not listened to that message, those who are listening here, 493 00:35:07.360 --> 00:35:10.079 you need to listen to that message because he talks about this very thing. 494 00:35:10.119 --> 00:35:15.800 He talks about how God called him to Africa and then when he got to 495 00:35:15.920 --> 00:35:17.960 Africa, he found out that people there didn't want to hear what he had 496 00:35:19.000 --> 00:35:22.590 to say, didn't have any interest in God, and he got really frustrated. 497 00:35:22.230 --> 00:35:24.789 He got deflated and he's crying out to God and he shares this. 498 00:35:24.909 --> 00:35:27.750 I'm crying out to God and saying, God, why did you send me 499 00:35:27.829 --> 00:35:30.230 here? And he says this is like the Lord responded to his heart. 500 00:35:30.949 --> 00:35:34.510 You know, God just speaks to stuff, to your heart. It's like 501 00:35:34.630 --> 00:35:37.179 wow, it's almost like an audible voice. Yeah, and he said, 502 00:35:37.179 --> 00:35:40.460 I didn't send you to Africa for the sake of the heathen. He said, 503 00:35:40.500 --> 00:35:44.699 I sent you to Africa for my sake. Do not do I not 504 00:35:45.340 --> 00:35:50.090 deserve the reward of my suffering. And he goes on. The Lord, 505 00:35:50.170 --> 00:35:52.329 speaking to his heart, gives on to share. Yes, these people are 506 00:35:52.369 --> 00:35:54.570 wicked and yes, they're going to end up in hell if they don't repent, 507 00:35:55.570 --> 00:36:00.329 but I suffered for them so that they might be saved. And it's 508 00:36:00.449 --> 00:36:04.960 not the motivation that you have in your heart for them is not the motivation 509 00:36:05.039 --> 00:36:07.400 that you ought to have. You are there for my glory, whether they 510 00:36:07.519 --> 00:36:13.280 repent or not. You are sent there for me, not for you, 511 00:36:13.639 --> 00:36:16.639 and not for them. And so that is the focus that we've got to 512 00:36:16.719 --> 00:36:21.630 have as sidewalk missionaries, is that we're out there for the Lord, we're 513 00:36:21.670 --> 00:36:23.829 out there for his glory, we're out there for his namesake. We're out 514 00:36:23.829 --> 00:36:29.110 here, out there motivated to bring his Gospel. It's not our Gospel, 515 00:36:29.150 --> 00:36:32.019 it's not their Gospel, it's his Gospel, and we're motivated to bring that 516 00:36:32.380 --> 00:36:37.940 Gospel to those that are lost. Amen. Well, and and you made 517 00:36:37.940 --> 00:36:42.380 me think of a fith area. That's a major commonality between missionaries in a 518 00:36:42.420 --> 00:36:45.420 foreign field and sidewalk missionaries, and that's that we're called. Yeah, I 519 00:36:45.539 --> 00:36:50.969 think we receive a call from God. Now, I believe that there are 520 00:36:51.010 --> 00:36:53.489 many who have been called who have not responded. Yeah, absolutely. They 521 00:36:53.530 --> 00:36:58.769 would rather have a life of ease and comfort and maybe throw a little money 522 00:36:58.769 --> 00:37:01.159 at a pro life movement, but to actually go and suffer on the on 523 00:37:01.280 --> 00:37:05.239 the field, the mission field of an abortion center, no, not so 524 00:37:05.360 --> 00:37:10.000 much. Yeah, but I know that that the people who really persevere in 525 00:37:10.559 --> 00:37:17.909 sidewalk missionary activity are people who feel God told them go. Yeah, that 526 00:37:19.150 --> 00:37:22.150 is where I am sending you for my glory. Yeah, now, this 527 00:37:22.230 --> 00:37:28.829 issue of calling is a little bit of a complicated one, and I'll say 528 00:37:28.909 --> 00:37:30.940 this to some people and they think they say, you know, you're incorrect, 529 00:37:30.980 --> 00:37:34.219 and I say this other people they're like, you're correct, but they 530 00:37:34.260 --> 00:37:40.099 taken in another direction, because I will say that not everyone is called to 531 00:37:40.219 --> 00:37:45.369 be out in front of an abortion clinic. Now again there be people that 532 00:37:45.449 --> 00:37:47.769 say, yes, they are in the killing babies right. Well, yes, 533 00:37:49.289 --> 00:37:52.090 I get that, understand that, and certainly there should be no mistaking 534 00:37:52.130 --> 00:37:55.929 that. I believe this is an important call and that there are far more 535 00:37:57.130 --> 00:38:00.400 people that are called that are not doing it right then, you know, 536 00:38:00.679 --> 00:38:04.360 than those who are doing it that are called and so forth. But I 537 00:38:04.440 --> 00:38:07.679 mean somebody has got to do the foreign mission stuff right. I mean God 538 00:38:07.840 --> 00:38:14.389 is sending people around the world and strangely enough, he's even sending people from 539 00:38:14.389 --> 00:38:16.309 around the world here to be missionaries. But that's a whole other subject, 540 00:38:19.070 --> 00:38:22.469 and so somebody's got to do that stuff right. There there are other missions, 541 00:38:22.670 --> 00:38:28.699 there are other ministries that God has that are other than abortion clinic ministry, 542 00:38:28.860 --> 00:38:30.579 and I do believe that. However, again, there are far more 543 00:38:30.659 --> 00:38:35.420 that are actually called that are not stepping into that calling right. So I 544 00:38:35.539 --> 00:38:37.099 think again it's a tricky thing because I don't want to let people off the 545 00:38:37.139 --> 00:38:42.050 hook and be able to say, because that is a common it's a fig 546 00:38:42.170 --> 00:38:45.090 leaf, you know, like Adam and eve and they try to cover their 547 00:38:45.170 --> 00:38:47.730 sin and their disobedience with a fig leaf. It's a fig leaf for people 548 00:38:47.769 --> 00:38:51.289 to say, I'm just not called to that. Really, what they're saying 549 00:38:51.289 --> 00:38:52.769 is I'm not comfortable doing that. I want to do it. Yeah, 550 00:38:52.769 --> 00:38:54.920 I don't want to do it. I want to maintain, you know, 551 00:38:55.039 --> 00:38:59.760 my comfort level in my comfort zone. And Listen, I can guarantee you 552 00:38:59.920 --> 00:39:04.119 this. You are not called to comfort. I promise you that. If 553 00:39:04.199 --> 00:39:07.639 you were, if the Lord truly is in you and you are called to 554 00:39:07.719 --> 00:39:10.110 walk with him, if you're a Christian, you were, then you are 555 00:39:10.309 --> 00:39:15.429 called to discomfort. You are called to take up your cross and follow him, 556 00:39:16.110 --> 00:39:20.590 and a cross is not a comfortable place to be. You know, 557 00:39:20.670 --> 00:39:23.699 we're used to in America, we're used to wearing our crosses, showing our 558 00:39:23.699 --> 00:39:29.340 Christianity. If you want to show your Christianity, forget about wearing your cross. 559 00:39:29.860 --> 00:39:32.940 Your Christianity is born out in whether or not the cross wears you right. 560 00:39:34.059 --> 00:39:37.019 Jesus was warned by a cross. He was nailed to that cross. 561 00:39:37.179 --> 00:39:39.530 Yeah, and so we want to wear our crosses around our neck, feel 562 00:39:39.530 --> 00:39:45.730 good about ourselves and not make ourselves uncomfortable. Jesus says, take up your 563 00:39:45.849 --> 00:39:49.250 cross and follow me, and maybe you think about it, the modern pixture 564 00:39:49.289 --> 00:39:52.880 of that. Take up your cross and follow me, is what it's an 565 00:39:52.920 --> 00:39:58.320 implement of death, it's implement of torture, it's an implement of execute Shan 566 00:39:58.320 --> 00:40:01.000 it was a heavy, heavy burdens that crushed him, he he, you 567 00:40:01.079 --> 00:40:05.000 know, remember he creees, crushed under the weight of the crosses. He's 568 00:40:05.119 --> 00:40:08.949 carrying that cross. Think about what he's saying maybe kind of similar modern terms. 569 00:40:09.349 --> 00:40:14.110 Take you, take up your electric chair, follow me. Yeah, 570 00:40:14.550 --> 00:40:17.469 this is an implement of execution. Yeah, be willing to lose your life. 571 00:40:17.670 --> 00:40:21.659 Right, and you know, I want to give you folks this charge 572 00:40:21.699 --> 00:40:23.820 before we wrap this thing up, because we're about to. Is that we 573 00:40:23.940 --> 00:40:29.219 are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus, if that mean, 574 00:40:29.420 --> 00:40:34.059 and that means losing your life right, losing your life the way that you 575 00:40:34.179 --> 00:40:37.929 like it, the way that you the comforts that you enjoy, the amenities 576 00:40:37.969 --> 00:40:42.369 that you enjoy, whether that means taking up your cross and going to India, 577 00:40:43.170 --> 00:40:46.090 taking up your cross and going to Africa, or taking up your cross 578 00:40:46.570 --> 00:40:51.360 and go on to your local abortion center. You are called to lay your 579 00:40:51.440 --> 00:40:54.440 life down for the sake of the Gospel. Amen. And out there on 580 00:40:54.519 --> 00:40:59.360 that sidewalk, that's what we're doing. That's right. We are motivated by 581 00:40:59.360 --> 00:41:02.280 a love for God, a love for our neighbor, and we're getting into 582 00:41:02.280 --> 00:41:07.110 the nitty greedy, we're getting into the ditches and we're getting into people's lives 583 00:41:07.510 --> 00:41:12.190 and we're discipling and we're mentoring and we're leading them to the Lord and all 584 00:41:12.230 --> 00:41:15.309 of that. It's missionary work. It didn't be anything other than a missionary 585 00:41:15.389 --> 00:41:19.059 indefinite. Right. Well, I think we answered the question. Yeah, 586 00:41:19.139 --> 00:41:22.860 right, there's no doubt. Sidewalk counselor's no more. We are now sidewalk 587 00:41:23.260 --> 00:41:27.780 missionary, US missionaries, Amen. And so we're called to it. And 588 00:41:27.860 --> 00:41:30.699 Guys, if you're listening to this podcasts and maybe you are already a sidewalk 589 00:41:30.739 --> 00:41:34.289 missionary, maybe you're already out there in a lot of folks that listen to 590 00:41:34.329 --> 00:41:37.130 this podcast are. Hopefully this is an encouragement, do you guys, if 591 00:41:37.289 --> 00:41:42.050 nothing else this stuff. We've already told you what you already know we're preaching 592 00:41:42.090 --> 00:41:44.769 to the choir for some of you guys, but understand that a lot of 593 00:41:44.809 --> 00:41:47.719 pastors and just Christians who may ever even thought about things in these terms don't 594 00:41:47.719 --> 00:41:51.639 think about it in these terms. Maybe this will help you to articulate to 595 00:41:51.719 --> 00:41:54.679 them so that they understand what you're doing is missionary work. Right do you're 596 00:41:54.679 --> 00:41:59.639 a missionary in your city at the sidewalks at your abortion clinic, and that 597 00:41:59.719 --> 00:42:02.869 will help your pastor maybe you're frustrated by your pastor's response to what you're doing 598 00:42:02.949 --> 00:42:07.949 because he just, for whatever reason, believes it's a protest and protesting is 599 00:42:07.989 --> 00:42:13.070 not bad. We talked about that again another podcast. But he doesn't really 600 00:42:13.150 --> 00:42:16.539 connect in his heart with the fact that you're missionary. Because I really believe 601 00:42:16.699 --> 00:42:24.260 this. I believe that in every city which abortion clinics exist and those abortion 602 00:42:24.340 --> 00:42:29.980 clinics are surrounded by churches, there should not go a single day. Now 603 00:42:30.050 --> 00:42:32.329 abortion clinic should not exist in this country, but as long as they do, 604 00:42:32.570 --> 00:42:37.489 there should not go a single day that there is not a Christian witness 605 00:42:37.570 --> 00:42:39.409 there in front of that abortion clinics every day, at least every day they're 606 00:42:39.409 --> 00:42:43.570 killing babies, but even every day they're open if they're not doing abortions other 607 00:42:43.610 --> 00:42:46.119 days. Yeah, yeah, and we need to, as those who are 608 00:42:46.119 --> 00:42:51.480 out there, for lack of a better term, pitch this to the church 609 00:42:51.599 --> 00:42:53.800 and to our friends as a missionary endeavor so that they understand, they connect 610 00:42:54.000 --> 00:43:00.309 what we're doing, because we're not activists or not protesters, we're missionaries. 611 00:43:00.510 --> 00:43:04.710 Right. So hope this was a blessing to you, guys. I'm really 612 00:43:04.789 --> 00:43:08.309 just excited about this and just what the Lord is doing. Will share in 613 00:43:08.389 --> 00:43:12.349 the future some of what God is doing here with the Ministry of Cities for 614 00:43:12.429 --> 00:43:15.300 life and our partner ministry love life, and just hopefully encourage you guys and 615 00:43:15.699 --> 00:43:20.539 and all that the Lord's doing. We really are motivated to raise up missionaries 616 00:43:20.579 --> 00:43:23.820 and help folks like you who are listening to be effective missionaries at your local 617 00:43:23.860 --> 00:43:28.610 abortion mission field. And so there be more coming out in the future about 618 00:43:28.650 --> 00:43:31.690 this and we'll cover this topic and some things similar to this topic in the 619 00:43:31.730 --> 00:43:35.530 future. But you just hope again this was a blessing you guys. Hope 620 00:43:35.570 --> 00:43:42.519 that you will share this podcast and until next time, God bless give me 621 00:43:43.360 --> 00:43:54.710 our love for love, give me our love for gratitude. I know it 622 00:43:54.869 --> 00:44:04.710 will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious. And some met you