I’m so excited to have Kevin and Karen Flanagan with us this weekend!  What a joy and privilege it has been to partner with them as they share the gospel and equip God’s leaders in Tanzania.
The most inspiring moment for me was when Kevin and Karen joined us for a Zoom prayer meeting in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  When asked whether they were looking to come home to Australia they shrugged their shoulders and said no.  They were planning to stay in Tanzania, come what may.  If God were to give them an early mark to heaven then so be it.
However, we ought not idolise our link missionaries as if they had some additional calling or level of spirituality beyond ourselves.  We too are called to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus.  We too are called to make the most of every opportunity and be ready to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ!
Mission is not something exclusive to Africa, or some other exotic place.  Mission is our everyday life as Christians representing Christ in our families, workplaces, schools, soccer clubs, retirement homes etc…
Join me in this prayer:  ‘Lord, give me opportunities to share the hope I have in Christ, and give me the boldness and words to say.  Lord, may my life and words bring glory to my Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen’
Yours in Christ,