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"Excuse me sir, are you
a missionary?" I watched with childlike curiosity as children ran
from person to person trying to find missionaries.
It was the "Festival
of Missions" day at Jericho Week in Glorieta, New Mexico. The organizers
transformed the oval drive way in front of New Mexico Hall into a festive,
fair-like environment. Vendors sold hot dogs, cotton candy and cokes, while
Baptist from around the world celebrated their rich mission heritage.
There were booths, games,
clowns and "live" missionaries everywhere. Adults went from one
display to another getting the latest information on Mission's Programs.
The children had two maps. One of the world and one of the United States.
They played a modified license plate game with the maps. Their challenge
was to get missionaries to sign their maps in the location where they served.
Some of the missionaries
were easy to spot because they wore the native garb of the nation they
served. Others were not so easy. How do you tell a Director of Missions
who serves in Idaho from a Michigan doctor? They look the same.
The children overcame this
problem by walking up to the adults and asking them the question, "are
you a missionary?" Is someone a missionary because they get a check
from Mission's Board? A missionary is anyone who lives life trying to minister
to other people in the name of Jesus Christ. How would you answer this
question? Are you a missionary?
"Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end
of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)