As I put pen to paper, Julie and I are about to make the long journey home after attending a meeting of our global Church leaders in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic shares a border with the country of Haiti, reportedly one of the poorest countries in the world.
Our mission is global . . . but at the same time it’s so local that it involves just my God and me.
We were able to take time out of the meetings to help construct a village church and Sabbath School lamb shelter through a Maranatha building project. It was a blessing for us to work alongside the local people and experience their anticipation and joy in having a church to worship in.
Church leaders were meeting to review the agenda for the upcoming General Conference (GC) Session and to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be experienced in greater measure in the Church and the world. As we met I looked around and was again reminded of the global nature of our Church. Division leaders representing every country in the world were present. GC leaders who themselves come from several continents sat with us. I thought about the challenges and joys of being a global family and I was again moved by the commission of Jesus to share the good news of the gospel in all the world.
With all that is happening around the globe on a daily basis, that mandate may seem more daunting than ever before. Humanly speaking the task seems impossible. But such have always been the circumstances when God has acted as only He can. We do not need to sensationalise or exaggerate the events that will herald the coming of Jesus. We just need to open our eyes and at the same time seek the presence and power of God in our lives on a daily basis. Our mission is global . . . but at the same time it’s so local that it involves just my God and me. God’s blessings to each of you.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.