Kirk was privileged to sit down for a conversation with one of CrossWay Milwaukee’s missionaries, Jeff, who serves in Albania. In this episode, we get to learn more about Jeff and his family, how the Lord called them to cross-cultural missions, what their ministry in Albania looks like, and ways we can be praying for them.
Jeff and Meredith received the call to missions while they were members of our church, and while Jeff was serving here as an elder. CrossWay Milwaukee is proud to be their sending church. Jeff and Meredith currently work with local Albanian Christians to help evangelize the lost and establish indigenous self-sustaining churches. Their ultimate goal to see the gospel spread to other surrounding regions.
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In this final (at least as currently planned) episode we consider our unexpected evangelistic opportunity brought on by this moment. May it be that God is preparing hearts and using this unusual situation to advance his gospel across the globe.
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Should we engage in ministry and pursue the mission even when it might involve putting ourselves in potentially harmful situations. Yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt. We do not make an idol out of our welfare and self-preservation.
But what if we have a family? What if doing this sort of ministry and pursuing the mission in this way not only potentially endangers ourselves, but also our family and our children — those of whom Paul says, “[I]f anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim 5:8).
John Piper — “Short answer: Yes.”
Why? Because the cause is worth the risk, and the children are more likely to become Christ-exalting, comfort-renouncing, misery-lessening exiles and sojourners in this way than by being protected from risk in the safety of this world.
Read the article, Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples.