Beautiful are the feet…

And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"  (Rom.10:14-15)

I am a missionary serving with the North American Mission Board.  I have been serving in Delaware now for a year and a half.  My wife and I were commissioned and sent out by Biltmore Baptist Church our home church in Asheville, North Carolina.  During our special commissioning service, the scripture verse that the Missions Pastor shared was the one above.  It is for this very reason that we left the beautiful mountains of Asheville and moved to Delaware.  When God has called, I am compelled to go…and so we went.

We are currently living in the city of Wilmington and God is giving us favor in the ministry that we are involved in.  I work as the Evangelism Director for the Delaware Baptist Association.  My role is to work with the churches in helping them reach their communities with the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  My greatest passion is to see the lost come to know Jesus.  Like the apostle Paul, "I am compelled to preach the gospel, woe to me if I do not preach the gospel." 

God has given me a tremendous passion and desire to minister in the inner city, particularly to the African-American community.  Now, I don’t know why that is the case…I’m as white as they come…I don’t listen to hip-hop, I don’t wear my jeans hanging at my knees, I got zero basketball skills, no rhythm, and I certainly can’t jump.  But nonetheless, I have a love for the inner city African-American community that I just can’t describe.  And my greatest desire is that I would be able to spend my life sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them and seeing them come to place their trust in Him.

Much of my time these days has been spent in the city ministering to the poor and broken.  My friend Terry and I go out once a week to minister to the homeless by taking them out to lunch and providing shower kits and bibles for them.  It is a great way to build relationships with them with the hope of being able to share the message of God’s truth.  Each time we go, we take one or two out to lunch with us just so that we can love them like Jesus does, make them feel their sense of value as a person, not looking at them as a "project" for us to fix or a "program" where we feel good about ourselves for reaching down and doing our good deed before God and others.  No…it is about loving these people as Jesus does, spending time getting to know them, realizing that we are no different…we all come ragged and tagged before God, and it is only by His grace that we have what we have.  If I had a couple of bad breaks in my life, maybe I could have been the one sleeping under a bridge.  So, we love doing what we do.  We get to meet a lot of interesting people, and we never know what each day will look like. I have had so many great opportunities to share the gospel with many of these and also have prayed with many.

I travel a handful of times per year and speak at churches telling them what God is doing through my mission work in Delaware.  I always tell people that it is not my desire to make them feel guilty for not getting involved and serving their community if they are a Christian, but rather I simply tell them that if they are not serving others in their community and reaching out to people, then they are just missing out on so much joy and excitement that a disciple should have.  I absolutely love going out to the streets and engaging in people’s lives and sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ with them.  There is nothing better that I would ever want to do.  I hope that when I get to heaven, that the first thing that Jesus notices about me are my feet…that He would say they are beautiful