He Numbers the Stars; He Numbers Us.

ll_biggerLauryn Lane serves as a Department Assistant for P2 Missions, overseeing contracts and all finance related items. Anyone that has met Lauryn quickly learns she is a Texas girl at heart and “Boomer Sooner” are two of her favorite words. If you want to treat her to dinner Tex-mex is her favorite. You will see from reading this post that beyond the finances and operations of World Changers, Lauryn is passionate about seeing the lives of participants changed through missions. 

 

 

 

 

What does it take to really know a person?  Do you know them when you can look them in the eye?  When you share a meal?  When you experience an adventure or tragedy together?  At the root of our relationships and interpersonal interaction is this heart question: “Do you know me?”  We feel that, until you know a person, you can’t fully appreciate their story or their unique perspective.

Recently I had an epiphany about my job with World Changers. Day in and day out I’m entrenched in numbers and, for a poor liberal arts student, some days the work of dollars and figures can be rough.  I don’t speak the language of graphs and charts yet each day that I look at registration numbers and process finance reports, I must remind myself exactly what it is those numbers represent.  At one time I was a student attending these mission trips and for those years – out of all the thousands counted – I represented only one.  Only one!  But I walked away from those experiences forever changed.

When the nation of Israel was facing exile in Babylon, God sent a message through His prophet. This passage is not an instruction for behavior, nor is it a road map for the future.  Instead He reminded His people of His very nature, explaining that their path was directed by the same power who can name every star in creation:

Look up and see: who created these?  He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name.  Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing.  Jacob, why do you say, and Israel, why do you assert: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my claim is ignored by my God”?  Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth.  He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. - Isaiah 40:26-28

If God can orchestrate the events of galaxies, how much more is He conscious of the course of our lives?  God knows the name of every student who is registered or will register for a project this summer.  He has charted the life events of every resident that our students will meet on one of these trips.  He is prepared for every conversation presenting the message of His gospel and every act of kindness that will be expressed in His name.

When I replace registration numbers with students’ lives and finance figures with stories of sacrificial giving, suddenly the charts and budgets don’t feel so impersonal and cold.  Instead of numbers I see real people showing real love to communities, residents, churches and cities.  And I’m given a new hope of the stories that will pour out of the work done through World Changers this summer. He numbers the stars; He numbers us.

Celebrating what God did through World Changers 2013

 

There was a traveler who planned for years to visit Rome.  He planned, prepared and bought the ticket. The traveler arrived at the airport ready to travel to his dream destination.  Imagine the traveler’s surprise when he looked at his ticket and realized he was flying to Rome, Georgia USA.  I share this story to say, it is always a good thing to stop and double check where you are supposed to be going.  As we look back on the 2013 summer, we can see markers that tell us World Changers is headed in the right direction!

World Changers exists to serve churches in their mission of making disciples by providing missions experiences that develop the heart of students for serving others so they can change the city…change the world through construction and non-construction ministry.

In 2013 our World Changers Team is celebrating a fantastic summer.  We serve an amazing Lord.  To be a part of changing lives and communities is such a privilege.  Here is a snap shot from our summer.  Each of these numbers represents a life changed and a seed planted!

Participant Decisions

  • Salvations- 176
  • Baptism- 62
  • Recommitments- 1,102
  • Commitment to Missions/Vocational Ministry- 425

Community Impact

  • Presentations of the Gospel- 8,998
  • People with Questions about a relationship with Jesus- 937
  • Salvations- 396
  • Recommitments- 171
  • Tracts shared- 6,199
  • Construction & Ministry Sites- 1,246
  • Mission Offering collected- $110,275.49
  • 85 Projects

All of this is possible because we have hundreds of churches who care about reaching the world and care about calling students to the front line of missions. We at World Changers are grateful. Thank you churches for partnering with World Changers in ministry!  We also want to thank the Cities for trusting in students enough to allow them to serve their communities. As my friend Richard Ross says, “It is drudgery to call students to live for Christ; it is thrilling to call students to invite Christ to live His life through them.”

It was a privilege to serve with you all in 2013 and we look forward to serving together again in 2014.  2014 Project Schedule

Serving Together,

John Bailey

World Changers & P2 Missions

Manager