Well it begins! Today it was all about airports, planes and custom gates. It’s an interesting feeling the first day of an overseas mission. It feels in many ways like your you’re going on a holiday. The packing of bags, the saying goodbye at the airport, the mandatory maccas run – it’s all smiles!
And yet there’s also an understanding that we’re here for much more than a tourist visit. The people in New Zealand are so nice. One of our members got stopped by a sniffer dog at the customs (an old food wrapper in his bag), and even that exchange was pleasant! As the pastor of the church we’re partnering with told us, New Zealanders pride themselves in being pleasant and nice. And yet we’re here to tell them something unpleasant – that we’re all sinners in need of the mercy from Jesus. At times, this will be exciting. And at other times, this will be hard.
Please pray for the team to have the conviction to preach the gospel in season and out of season. Pray that we would trust that the gospel is the power of God and we would not be ashamed of it.