GO MAKE DISCIPLES.
I HAVEN'T BEEN WILLING TO DIE TO MYSELF: TO LET GO OF THE THINGS I'VE GROWN COMFORTABLE WITH. I DON'T THINK I'M ALONE IN THIS, HOWEVER. RATHER, I'M PART OF A MUCH LARGER COMMUNITY OF US STRUGGLING WITH THE SAME ISSUE. WE'RE ALL IN WHEN IT COMES TO FOLLOWING JESUS, SO WE THINK, BUT THE MOMENT HE ASKS US TO LEAVE SOME THINGS BEHIND, NOT JUST MATERIAL THINGS BUT OTHER THINGS AS WELL, BECAUSE THEY'RE SLOWING US DOWN, WE BACK OFF A BIT...
WE ALL KNOW JESUS' FINAL COMMISSION TO "GO MAKE DISCIPLES..." (MATTHEW 28:18-20). DON'T GET ME WRONG, THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT AND SOMETHING I AM LITERALLY LIVING INTO THESE DAYS AS A MISSIONARY, BUT THE PART THAT STICKS OUT TO ME IS WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT BEFORE THOSE WORDS ARE SPOKEN...
WHEN I WAS 12, I STARTED THE GREATEST JOB IN THE HISTORY OF JOBS. I SAY THIS LOOKING BACK, AND MY DAD IS GOING TO KILL ME WHEN I SAY THIS, “I SHOULD HAVE NEVER QUIT WHEN I WAS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL.” THE JOB YOU ASK? I WAS A SOCCER REFEREE AT THE LOCAL SOCCER CLUB, AND IT WAS AWESOME. I WOULD REFEREE ABOUT 3 GAMES IN THE MORNING AND PLAY MY GAME, THEN REFEREE ABOUT 2 GAMES IN THE AFTERNOON. I WOULD SPEND MY WHOLE DAY AT THE SOCCER FIELDS AND LOVED IT. THE FRESH CUT GRASS AND NEWLY PAINTED LINES, EVERYTHING ABOUT SATURDAY SOCCER BROUGHT ME JOY...
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN GRATEFUL FOR LATELY?
PRAYING THAT YOU SEE THE BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE AND THAT YOU MAY KNOW HOW GRATITUDE TURNS EVERYTHING INTO ENOUGH...
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WHAT IS LIFE TEEN MISSIONS?
Life Teen Missions is answering the call from Christ’s final command in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” through our specific ministry to teens. We invest in the lives of the youth around us by going out to them, inviting them into relationship and teaching them what it means to follow Christ.
Prayer is the foundation of all Christian life. As missionaries, we are called to be “contemplatives in action”. All our activity flows out of our prayer life, which includes both personal and communal prayer. Our prayer, the heartbeat of our communities, includes a daily personal holy hour, daily mass where available, and a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Our missionary communities consist of single adults and families committed to a full life in Christ. Life Teen mission communities share a common vision, pray and discern together, and do all things for the Glory of God. Each member lives this out by embracing their unique role and by building trust through vulnerability, affirmation, and encouragement. Community life offers a safe but challenging place to live out our faith.
All Life Teen Missionaries are disciples committed to the person of Jesus Christ and His mission. Being a disciple of Christ demands a response to go out and create even more disciples. As Life Teen missionaries, we desire to be witnesses to all, to journey with an intimate small group and to invest ourselves entirely in our disciples.