Volunteers are being sought to serve as missionaries by LCMS World Mission.
LCMS World Mission would like to place 130 GEO missionaries and 100 short-term mission teams in overseas mission fields during 2011.
The Globally Engaged in Outreach, or GEO, missionaries typically serve a year or two, sharing their faith in endeavors such as teaching — English-as-a-foreign-language in schools and informal settings; agriculture; healthcare; computer technology; and any number of occupations.
All GEO missionary and short-term opportunities are designed to benefit long-term mission efforts through local congregations and LCMS career missionary activities.
So what’s it like being a missionary?
Based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital, Stephenson told Reporter via e-mail she is “getting to know the growing Lutheran church here in Mongolia, to see what God is already doing in these people’s lives and if there might possibly be a way we can support the sharing of the Gospel here.”
Her work takes her around the country, interviewing Lutheran pastors in different regions, as well as representatives of local and international organizations.
Stephenson, who had previously served on short-term mission teams to Mexico, Honduras and Kenya, learned that a researcher was needed in Mongolia while chaperoning a summer youth trip to Central Asia last year.
She had always wanted to serve in Mongolia, she said, and believes the opportunity to do that was made possible by God.
The obvious question is why be a missionary?
“Why? Because Jesus Christ, our loving Savior, not only commands us to love one another (Matt. 22:39) [and] to care for the hungry, the outcast, the sick (Matt. 25:40), but I know that this is the greatest way I can reflect God’s love in my own life,” she says.
Stephenson says one of her favorite Bible verses is from 1 John 5: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
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