Developing a Heart for Missions

Jason and baby

We are thrilled to share the following devotion from Jason Hyche, one of the preschoolers in Robin McCall’s first Mission Friends® class. We pray that as you read Jason’s words, you will see that by teaching preschoolers today, you are touching the future.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means, I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings”
(1 Cor. 9:22–23).

Mission Friends was instrumental in leading me to have a heart for missions. Starting in preschool at West Side Baptist Church in Bessemer, Alabama, I learned to have a heart for missions. My teachers emphasized the importance of global missions and how we should pray for missionaries. They explained how giving helps spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Wednesday night after Wednesday night we learned about missionaries who made sacrifices and how they changed the course of history by introducing people to the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of the Nations, the King of Kings, Jesus. On this foundation, I learned that the goal and mission for all believers is to share the message of salvation with those who don’t know Him.

Over the years I developed a desire to participate in international missions. My first missions trip to Madagascar was a medical mission where we treated the medical needs of almost 1,000 patients in only 4 or 5 days. As they waited to be seen by our medical staff, each patient got to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

My second trip to Madagascar was strictly evangelical. We shared the gospel with unreached people groups in one coastal town of Madagascar, as well other local groups. During that second trip to Madagascar our group leader encouraged us to just walk—to walk down the roads among the people and pray for them. While I prayed, I felt God speaking to my heart. I saw so many people walking around aimlessly with no sense of purpose, like they were just living to be born and die on this earth. God reminded me that we have purpose on this earth and in the next life: to worship Him and to make His good news known among the nations. I saw a people hungry for truth, and I saw people blinded by entrenched traditions set forth by generations of false gods and idols. I saw people lost and dying right before my very eyes. I saw people in need of a Savior, in need of Jesus Christ. I saw God at work as we planted the good news of Jesus Christ and I also saw people listening to “Truth” for the first time. I saw the seeds of the gospel planted in people halfway around the world.

God’s calling to spread the good news of Jesus is for all of us. In fact, sharing the saving grace of Christ is a command for believers. It is imperative for us to follow Jesus’ example in telling others that the Father desires a personal relationship with every individual because He loves us so much! We must stop waiting for a call to tell others about Jesus Christ. The Scriptures command us to tell others about Him. You do not have to go to Madagascar or another remote area to tell others about Jesus. We must live missionally by showing others what life with Christ looks like, by showing them how He has changed us. We demonstrate His love in everything we do, by loving others and showing them compassion. We must Follow His example and tell everyone how we can live eternally with Jesus if we will Admit that we are a sinner, Believe that Jesus died on the cross for the world’s sins, and Commit and Confess that He is the Lord and Savior of our lives.

Pray: Dear Father, thank You for clearly demonstrating how we are to live our lives. Please help me to follow Your example. Give me an urgent desire and boldness to share Your love with a world who does not know You. Give me strength to live intentionally for You. I love you. Amen.

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Jason Hyche is a member of Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. Jason is a former Mission Friend who’s grown up to be a neurosurgical nurse practitioner with a heart for missions. He currently resides in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, with his precious wife and four adorable kids.

Photo courtesy of Jason Hyche

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