Many times, the last words someone hears from us - no matter what the situation - are the most significant, because they're the most lasting. Jesus' last words to his first disciples were about mission. In many ways, his teaching and mentoring of them over the previous three years was all about preparing them for that moment when they would pick up Christ's mission of bringing hope and healing to the world.
We are the beneficiaries of that. The good news of new life in Jesus Christ has come to us because of those first disciples, and because of those who carried on that work through each subsequent generation. Anyone who follows Jesus does so because at some point a missionary brought the gospel to people who hadn't heard it yet. At Maple Grove Covenant, we are striving to be a healthy missional church, and a key component of that is having a global perspective and engagement. That means we look beyond our own congregation and community to what God is doing in the world. And it means we create pathways for both the church as a whole and individuals to participate in what He's doing elsewhere.