Mark and Kim Wyatt are now serving as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) international missionaries in Raleigh NC. They left the United States to become missionaries in Canada. Now they have moved back to their native state to minister to one of the largest and fastest growing international communities in the world: Wake County NC. Jonathan and Shelby Land left Texas to start a church in South Dakota. Daniel and Linda Yang left their home in the United States to share Christ in Toronto, Canada. Travis and Staci Kerns have chosen to be missionaries in Salt Lake City Utah where 70% of the population is Mormon and another 28% “hate everything about religion.” The Lands, Yangs and Kerns are all Southern Baptist (SBC) missionaries with the North American Mission Board.
We are joining together as Baptist Christians this week to pray for North American Missions. As the work of the Wyatts will attest, we live in a global village. North American mission is now also International mission.
One of the things that all of these missionaries have in common is that they were willing to leave the home that they knew, the comfort and security of those places and people, and move to a new place where they were strangers. And they did it because they love Jesus and want others to know about Him.
God may not call you to move to a whole new state or country. But God is calling you to move outside your typical and comfortable place to share His love and salvation with others. Every Christian is called to be a missionary for Jesus. We have experienced the privilege of His salvation. God wants us to share that with others.
Jesus told His disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples among all peoples…” This Great Commission includes us too. It is a commission for the whole church and for each of us who are part of the body of Christ.
To learn more about SBC North American Missions and see the stories of the Land, Yang and Kerns families, visit anniearmstrong.com.
To learn more about CBF missions and see the Wyatt’s story, visit cbf.net/missions.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC