Word usage is quite fascinating. It astounds me that the original meaning of a word can so quickly and radically change into a different and more modern meaning. This change can happen so smoothly and unnoticed that, before we even realize it, we find ourselves using words in ways that we hadn’t used them in the past.
I believe that the word “Missions” has developed a new meaning in this modern culture. Growing up as a missionary child (having parents still in Brazil for 47 years), I understood the word missions to mean that “as you go, teach others (what and how) to become followers of Jesus Christ.” After working as a Family Ministries Pastor for the last 20 years, I have noticed that many, students especially, associate the word missions as “a trip or an isolated week of helping others.”
Whether an individual recognizes the definition of missions as the original meaning or as the modern meaning, it doesn’t change the fact that both require us to become selfless, with the purpose of reaching out and making a difference in a life that is not our own. When we put missions into action, we “Serve”! Serving isn’t just something we complete; However, it is something that we can do daily and persistently. More importantly, serving is something that our life can become.
During SICOM, we will focus on how “Serve” emphasizes humility and setting aside ourselves for the sake of others. We want our students to capture that mindset and for their modern meaning of missions to be converted into a lifestyle of service. Our desire is to ignite passion and purpose in students to live a sacrificial life.
We, at SICOM, believe that we must ENCOURAGE students to “Serve.” Serving will help them to understand a little more about our God and what He made them to do. We will EQUIP students to do something significant, which in turn will help their faith to grow significantly. What students believe may be affected as we ENLIST them in the act of serving. Through this, students will connect with their Heavenly Father.