Mission Night is programed in the STM camp to inspire participants’ own call to missions through a variety of practical experiences. Participants are encouraged to make further steps to respond their calls and make decisions, or else keep seeking God’s will during the STM trip. The international STM movement this year has highlighted parental trips where children are exposed to the taste of life on mission fields with their parents. In other words, it is necessary to divide a mission night particularly for grown-ups and for children for the first time.
For the Grown-up At this particular mission night, Tony, from Shepherd Community Church, gave a thought-provoking teaching on how to live through in the times of turmoil, apart from other sensory stimulations set for the program. He cited Roosevelt’s words, “The only thing to fear is the fear itself”, and then the biblical scripture, “Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”, to drive away our fear. He also left a remark that “making disciples for Jesus and the church will have a future”.
Quoted from Colossians 3:1-2, he encouraged us to keep our mind on things above, not on worldly things. Since there is no other rule as powerful as God, we should absolutely follow God, not man. Also, he used 1 Peter 4:12-13 to remind us that persecution of church would become a norm at the end of the days and we should be happy as we share part of Christ’s suffering. This kind of thought would be our sharpest armor and eventually be rewarded with joy.
For the Children This Mini-Mission Night is part of the STM Children Training Program newly designed and launched together by more than 10 instructors for the very first time. This kid version for the night has been carefully made in terms of work flow, routes and safety concern. 11 children made the night of it. Chun, the chief instructor, stated that “it would be better for the grown-ups to concentrate on their own while children can go through worship, films, games, dramas and other experience to explore their journey connected with Jesus in a simplified way on a tuned pace.”
It was a night full of laughter and childish ways. Another instructor, Kary, was touched by the program and said, “I believe the children are being trained. They are the future missionaries or prayer warriors.”