by Tiffany Granderson
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
My husband and I made the decision last Spring to be more intentional about being on mission in the 4B Area. We moved from Clear Lake to an apartment complex in El Lago and took on the role of Community Life Team this past summer. We plan events and seek to build community among residents.
Through this opportunity, we are praying for open doors to be a gospel presence in the lives of many who do not know God. Interestingly, 95% of apartment residents are unchurched. What a mission field! This percentage is even greater than the general population of the 4B Area. [4B Area refers to our church’s vision to lead unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, specifically from the Beltway to the Beach and from the Bay to Brazoria county!]
Becoming an everyday missionary has been a growth experience for me. Since my first mission trip, I’ve been passionate about mission and felt called to be a missionary. Many years after that trip to Haiti, I’m excited to see a long time dream realized in being on mission with my family. But, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In this, I’m learning about myself and hopefully growing in my dependence on Christ.
Here’s where I’m growing in my identity of “missionary”:
- Being an everyday missionary has made my selfishness more evident to me
- Being an everyday missionary has shown me how little I pray for the salvation of others
- Being an everyday missionary has shown me how much I depend on my own gifts and abilities
- Being an everyday missionary has taught me that obedience is important
- Being an everyday missionary has grown my heart even more to love and care for people who are far from God
We are praying God could use broken people like us to love our literal neighbors through this unique role. In only a few months, I can already see how deeply the residents long for true community. I pray we can build that and bring them something greater too – the good news of Jesus!