Missions is the heartbeat of the church. Missionaries around the world make many sacrifices in order to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their efforts are often unnoticed and unappreciated. It is vital for them to have a place of refuge, rest, and retreat.
First Baptist Morristown is providing our godly missionaries such a place. Great effort has been made by the members of First Baptist Church and our Missions Property Team to make this new mission house a reality. They have done a fantastic job to create a comfortable, warm, and inviting environment.
The Scriptures offer a great precedence for offering our missionaries this place of refuge.
In Acts 16 the Apostle Paul received the great Macedonian missionary call. The Bible says Paul and his companions sailed from Troas to Samothrace and then on to Neapolis. From there they went to Philippi which was the foremost city of Macedonia.
They immediately went to the river in town where they knew they would find Jews praying on the Sabbath. The Babylonian captivity precipitated the custom for all the Jews living away from Jerusalem to go to a river in their area and make it a place of prayer. It was based on Psalm 137 where the Jews expressed their longing for Zion in a foreign land. Paul knew there would be Jews praying at the river.
When he preached at the riverside a woman by the name of Lydia opened up her heart to the truth of the gospel. It is in Acts 16:15 that we see her obedience to the Lord and her impassioned plea to Paul.
And when she and her household were baptized, she
begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful
to the Lord, COME TO MY HOUSE AND STAY.” So she
Thus, Lydia’s house provided a safe warm place for these great men of God to stay.
Pastor Dean Haun