Nathan explains a little of our heart for the nations
I have a new addiction. It is a card game called Mapominoes which combines two of life’s joys – geography and competition! Yes, it is completely geeky but it keeps me happy.
I have always been fascinated by maps and other countries. I would spend hours pouring over atlases and I can remember as a child trawling the exhibition stands at Christian conferences looking for information about missionary organisations and the different countries they were working in. The prayer tool Operation World was a big favourite of mine.
Do you also love the whole concept of different nations, cultures, peoples? Built into humankind is the desire to explore and to know, surely a resonance with God’s eternal plan for his created people to spread out throughout the earth.
This whole theme is intrinsic to our calling as a family and of the culture we desire to shape for our mission here in Munich. One of the reasons we were excited to move to Munich is that it is full of the nations – tens of thousands of people from the Balkans, Italy, Greece, Turkey, west and east Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet nations…and many more.
Yes, we want to plant a church in Germany that serves German people, but we also want it to be representative of the communities that are here in the city. And further to that, we are passionate to see our mission efforts overflow from Munich and effect other nations too. That is why two very important moments in our church planting venture so far were having visitors last summer from church leaders from Serbia and from Macedonia.
This coming weekend Rada will be attending a Prophetic Missions Conference in Niš, Serbia. This is all about being blessed by brothers and sisters from other nations and about being a blessing to the nations. It is about laying a DNA for our church community in Munich that has a great love for other cultures and passion to serve other nations. We’re very excited to see what will happen this weekend and eagerly looking to the future and building a church that has Jesus’ commission to his church right at its heart!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.