“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” – Luke 12:49
Jesus gives us a beautiful vision in this passage: the earth ablaze with Divine Love, by the power of the Holy Spirit. I feel so inspired by Our Lord’s desire! Yet, when we look around and see signs that the world is not yet aflame, we may become disheartened.
How do we take heart? What does it mean for us that Christ desires a world ablaze with the Spirit?
Two things come immediately to mind. Firstly, the work of setting the world on fire is God’s work. He is doing this, not us. Yes, we come alongside as co-laborers, through prayer, financial partnership, or personally serving in the mission field. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit will light the flame: convicting hearts of the power of the Gospel, bringing justice to the poor, calling many disciples. Even in the midst of the darkness in the world around us, Christ Jesus is relentlessly doing these things.
Secondly, God’s Word is a promise. If Jesus has come to set the world on fire, it will blaze. Here at Family Missions Company we are privileged to witness so many knees bowing across the globe in worship, so many hearts transformed. The fire of the Holy Spirit is spreading! Let us be relentless also. Let us, like Jesus, cry out in hopeful expectation that the whole world may be afire in our lifetime.
Thank you for your partnership in fulfilling the Great Commission.
I Am with You Always
Interview with Michael Henderson // Big Woods Mission
The Lord sometimes leads us to unexpected places, in unexpected ways. And when He does, His promise to be with us always is true.
That is what FMC missionary and staff member Michael Henderson learned last year.
Let’s back up a little…to 2015, when Michael and his wife, Veronica, joined FMC with their family and went through Intake formation. They served first in Mexico for a year, and Taiwan for three years, before the Lord called them back to the USA in 2020.
They didn’t feel called out of missions, but they wanted to do more to evangelize in the US. They saw the confusion in the culture, especially among the youth, and wanted to bring Christ into those challenges.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hendersons returned to Texas, Michael reopened his automotive shop, and the family opened their home to others for Bible studies and evangelization training.
But they were feeling a burning in their heart to serve the poor again. “Why is my heart burning for the poor if I am not called to live with them?” Michael asked. “The Lord told me that I’m surrounded by the poor.” This confirmed the call to serve the spiritually poor in the US.
The Henderson family received a call back to FMC—literally. One of FMC’s directors called Michael and invited his family to consider becoming the “camp family” at FMC’s Stillwater Retreat Center. Leadership continued to extended the invitation until Michael and Veronica felt that the time was right. And when they did decide to open their hearts to that discernment and visit FMC again, their hearts were filled with peace.
On February 1, 2022, Michael began to work full-time for FMC. And on that very day, Michael also received difficult news. “That’s the day I went full-time with FMC and the day I was diagnosed with colon cancer,” Michael recounts.
Immediately Michael and Veronica went to the chapel to pray and, by God’s grace, were overcome with peace. “We came out of the chapel so peaceful, it was crazy,” Michael recalls. “The Lord held his hand out to us; He said he was going through it with us.”
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