My inbox has been flooded with emails in the wake of the Lausanne Movement’s international leadership meetings. It’s exciting to be connected with so many diverse Christ-followers. Perhaps that was my greatest takeaway from our week at Belhaven. It sounds so simple, yet, the idea of connection is deeply complex — especially in the context of ministry.
Believers are some of the most creative people in the world. We have ideas, and lots of them. We are solution-orientated versus problem-orientated. After all, we have found our personal Savior, our personal “Solution.” It’s no wonder that we are an inspired-idea-generating people.
At the same time, nebulous ideas are tough to process into tangible solutions with real-life results. There are thousands of choices that determine the health of an organization. It would be impossible to navigate them alone. Yet, I have witnessed ministries of all sizes and forms suffer from a lack of connectedness.
That is why I immediately began investing in a board to which I could be accountable as president of The Seed Company. Moreover, our organization as a whole always works in relationship with other partners with a Great Commission focus. At our inception, we made a commitment to never walk alone. It’s a core value.
Just this week we were honored to host a national colleague in our offices. Pedro Sumac traveled from Guatemala, specifically the Tzutujil region. You can Google his name but I doubt your research will be fruitful. Pedro is a humble and quiet man … unless he is sharing about his beloved Scriptures in his Mayan heart language. He believes it will be the national language of heaven! Pedro led us into our morning devotions with John 17:3: “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (NLT).
Pedro had the unique experience of studying 7,000 verses while translating them into his heart language. That particular verse deeply impacted him. He learned that “to know” involves a process that can only be walked out in community. This man is passionate about community because in his nation, many believers are isolated. Some are illiterate. Others have been denied an education. This is what motivates him, one verse at a time.
Why has it taken more than 2,000 years to fulfill the Great Commission? Might it have a lot to do with connectedness? Is it a coincidence that these last days are some of the most “connected” in human history? In 20 years, the humble hyperlink has become the most powerful conduit for change. Is the Lord saying something to us?
You might be the humble link that will connect people like Pedro with the resources needed to transform an idea into reality. Whisper a prayer for the Lausanne Movement as we focus on global evangelism, one link at a time. Whisper a prayer for The Seed Company as we continue to walk in partnership with people like Pedro Sumac.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10, NLT).