There is a preacher thing in my family. My eighty-four year old father is a preacher and is still preaching. My thirty-five year old son Nick has been preaching since he was nineteen, and after many years in youth ministry is now training to be a full-time church minister. So what about me? Well I am happy to say that the ministry thing skipped a generation. It’s not that it is impossible for me to preach. I have on a couple of occasions when God has equipped me and called me, but I am happy that God has other things for me to do at present.
It’s all about the call. There is a saying that God equips those He calls. When God does that it is no longer mission impossible, but mission incredible as God displays His strength through our weaknesses. And if God is in something then we can have confidence that He will make it happen, but for His glory rather than ours.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (1 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV)
My daughter Beth has recently started a second year volunteering with British Youth for Christ (YFC). She tours the UK in a large white van with five young men. In the back of the van there is a football cage. The team (collectively known as Nomad) take the cage into churches, youth clubs, schools, festivals, and even market places, and use it to reach out to the youth of the UK in Jesus’ name. Last year Nomad travelled over 10,000 miles.
The only snag about young people serving with YFC is that they have to raise their own finance. YFC require £3,000 and then there is personal support to find on top of that. To a young person this may seem like mission impossible but only until they step back and let God step in. You would think that raising funds for a second year would be harder than the first but the reality is that Beth has almost reached the YFC target, while several folk are already making monthly gifts so that she has enough to live on. Financial gifts small and large have come from many sources.
I am overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God to His people when His people are faithful to Him. And for every person who has given to Beth or committed to pray for Beth and the Nomad team their generosity of finance and time and encouragement has been seen by God. I am certain that the blessings they give will be returned in ways that most of them could never expect. And it is a blessing indeed to be reminded that absolutely nothing is impossible with God.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NIV)