Ever since I graduated seminary in 2013 I have been seeking pastor position in a church. I graduated with a degree in church planting and evangelism. I had dreams of being the next Steven Furtick or Louie Giglio. I dreamt of setting up a church in my home or a local community center and watching it grow and grow.
Four years later, I am still waiting.
Oh, I went through many different channels. I started with my home church. But we aren’t as much as planting church as we are a watering church.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 – I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
So, then I decided that I needed to go through the channels of church planting networks. I took assessment after assessment. I went on interview after interview. I was rejected almost every time. The only ones who didn’t reject me were the ones that required me to move away for a couple years and do an internship.
It wasn’t as if I wasn’t trying.
I just believe God had other plans. But I can’t say that I always believed that.
During this time, I was asked to lead our young adults. I was excited. As an elder at church, I knew that reaching people earlier and discipling them could help to make better life decisions. What I learned is that by the time people are young adults, they have already experienced significant life choices that have solidified their views of God, their desires to be discipled, and their futures.
I’m not saying that people can’t change, they can. I am a testimony to that. But I also realize that reaching people earlier and earlier in their experiences will be more beneficial to their Christian walk.
Reaching children is of the utmost importance to spreading the gospel, evangelizing the world, and seeing righteousness as a way of life. This meant that I needed to reach children.
But that isn’t my strength.
I am not a children or youth leader. I have trained hundreds and even thousands of people over my professional career, but none have ever been under the age of 18. It is not a strength of mine. It would take too much time for me to ramp up my teaching experience to include children.
How can I reach children through using my current gifts and strengths?
Enter Mission Generation.
Mission Generation is a non-profit, Bible-based character development program used in public and private schools (Pre-K through 12th) to bring students, parents, and teachers to salvation and train them in the practical application of the Word of God.
I did a search that would allow me to use my skills for a ministry that reaches children, even though I am not good at teaching mass amounts of children. So I reached out to Rocky Malloy, one of the founders of the organization.
In 1995 Rocky and his wife, Joske, traveled to Bolivia and started a church. Within 6 months they were over 1,000 people. While the church was a great way to reach people, it was a slow way to reach entire countries.
Acts 19:9-10 – But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
In the book of Acts, Paul teaches the gospel message to all of Asia through a school.
By 1999, the pilot program rolled out in Bolivia. Today, programs are running all throughout Latin America. The future is bringing the program to other countries around the world, including the United States.
After speaking with Rocky for a while, I realized that I have skills for which they are looking.
I spoke to my wife, prayed about it, and decided to become a part of their team.
I still have a full-time job, so I am not a missionary per se. I am a Ministry Representative. I won’t be raising funds for me to live as the gospel is spread. I will be raising funds directly for Mission Generation. I do make a small portion of those funds raised so that I can pay for the materials, events, and other pieces needed for the ministry.
A little about the program is that is revolves around Genesis 1 & 2, before the fall of man. There are 7 principles: love, creation, purpose, work, fruitfulness, government and marriage. Once the student understands the principles, they learn how to incorporate it into what is seen as the five pillars of society: identity, health, community, environment, and economy.
So the big question that most of my non-Christian friends would ask is, “Why would a non-Christian government pay for a Christian program?” When looking at this from a worldly view, economics is the key driver. Immorality is expensive. If you look at, for example, teen drug use throughout a student’s lifetime, that cost adds up. Teaching a moral program helps reduce the cost on governments. The program is made to comply with secular laws but when you look at the overall picture, Jesus is definitely at the forefront of it.
And cost is always a key. We can support a child’s learning for $1.34/child! So imagine what $1 million in donations will accomplish!!!
So God has placed me here, at Mission Generation. My task will be to raise funding to get this program set up in countries across the world, including my own. I have prayed over and over for God to give me the ability to see a million people discipled before I leave this earth.
A large task?
But I have a big God.
Though this program I have no doubt in my mind that over a million children will be discipled. I pray many will be here in the United States of America.
So I would love if you joined me on this journey. If you would like to donate to Mission Generation, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get you set up in our system and you can make a donation.
And if you have a school and are interested in more information in our program, send me an email. I would be more than happy to come and tell you all about it and how we can support your school.
Thanks for reading this post. I look forward to this ministry and seeing children around the world get discipled in the teachings of Christ.