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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, [20] 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)

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