You know the verses: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel” (Mark 16:15 ESV). “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV). And, Jesus said, in a parable, “When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (Matthew 25:40 NLT). Many Christians today don’t feel “called” to be a missionary or someone serving the poor. Maybe someone in your family feels the same way. Mom and Dad, take them on a mission trip. Start off doing work with the poor in your community. Perhaps you could join a team heading to Latin America helping orphaned children. You may not lead anyone to Christ, but you will be changed forever. When you see spiritual and physical poverty up close and in person, as a believer, you’ll want to do more.

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Suggested Reading: Mark 16:15, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 25:40