Our heart at Campus Awakening is for a lifestyle of mission. We believe that we are God’s representatives, equipped with his power and authority, called to extend his kingdom wherever we go. This comes from an understanding of identity, not duty or obligation. Our friends at The Mission embody this call. They seek to bring an understanding of true identity to the orphaned, broken and vulnerable children of the world.
In April, our team spent a week at their base in Sighişoara, Romania as part of the Jesus Culture Missions Experience, where we saw how they live missionally every day.
During this trip we were involved in many experiences: work projects on site, children’s ministry, village outreach and prayer walks. We got to start each session with worship and had teaching from some amazing speakers. It was a beautiful reminder that, in a life of walking with Jesus, the most important place to start is our own personal relationship with God. It is out of our intimacy with him, seeking his kingdom and righteousness first, that everything else flows (Matthew 6:33). Before we go and ‘do’, we first need to ‘be’.
One of the ways we got to see God move whilst in Sighişoara was during the village outreaches. We did ‘treasure hunts’ where we asked God for ‘clues’ (words of knowledge) about who he wanted us to speak to. These could include simple things, such as a man in an orange jacket, a girl named Maria, or someone with a chest infection. God led us to these people, and we had the opportunity to pray for them and show them how they were loved by God: he had spoken to someone from another country specifically about them. Sometimes this love was demonstrated through miracles, like deaf ears being opened! We were reminded of how simple it is to hear God’s voice for people, and that it’s something we can easily do in our lives at home and on campus. It’s not just reserved for a mission trip.
Working with the children at the base, we got to see the power of love in action. Although we had translators, there were lots of people, so we couldn’t always communicate with the children through words. We got to see that love transcends language. What could have been potentially awkward interactions due to the language barrier became moments drenched in love because of what we did through playing, laughing, and smiling. Our actions matter, even when we can’t use our words. They can demonstrate God’s power in love far beyond what we know.
Although we’re acutely aware of the constraints of short-term mission trips, we believe that this is a long-term partnership and a call to lifelong mission. During the week spent with the team at The Mission we were reminded of the fact that a lifestyle of missions is often so much simpler than we imagine. It’s asking God who he wants us to talk to today and what he wants to say. It’s showing his love through actions as small as a smile. It’s not about being overwhelmed by the risk or sacrifice involved, but rather stepping up into everything to which God has called us.
- Ask God who he wants you to speak to today. It might be to tell them they’re loved or to encourage them through their exam season.
- What’s a way you can love someone with your actions? Could you buy someone a coffee or wash all the dishes in your house without complaining?