Outposts of Normality
It has been said that if you want to know a person, ask what they are living for and what hinders that goal. The deep desire that motivates each missionary is to share the love of Jesus. There are a myriad of things that obstruct that goal – culture, busyness, and spiritual struggles, to name a few. But in the face of massive moral and cultural shifts Christians near and far are asking more than ever, “How then shall we live? How are we to be light and share the Light with those around us?”
Author Anthony Esolen says one of the greatest tools we have for witnessing is to become an “Outpost of Normality.” In a world that calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20), we are called to create places that exude the truth, beauty, and sweetness of Christ. An outpost of normality offers simple things like good conversation and prayer, ways to nurture body, mind, and spirit, breaking bread together, growing a garden and sharing it’s bounty and taking time to be with others.
This session will show how giving your missionaries permission to do the slow work of being an “Outpost of Normality” can be a foundational strategy of soul care for themselves, and a witness to those around them.