Understanding the Great Commission by the Grace of God and the Help of a Cloud of Witnesses

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Understanding the Great Commission by the Grace of God and the Help of a Cloud of Witnesses

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18

Clear as a bell, Jesus calls from the pages of scripture to share His love with one another, making disciples of all nations, teaching all peoples to obey his commandments. But how do we do this? What design would God have us follow in evangelizing in this world? What is the best method of sharing witness of Christ in
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Wrestling with God’s meaning for my life, I’ve worked two summers as a counselor a Lutheran camp in Montana, flown to Nairobi and Birmingham to visit Christian family members working in sustainable development projects, and gone so far as to propose my own college major allowing me to study dynamics of colonial Christian missions, all in the hope that these experiences will help me to a sketch design of living Christ’s call. Beyond these blessed and fantastic experiences, I’ve found the most tangible affirmation and encouragement in my part of God’s commission are through Christian testimonies, such as the autobiography of Heidi Neumark and those of Madeleine L’Engle. In their poetic, intimate works, these women offer soothing and restorative counsel to my mind and spirit, as I live with the intimate, piercing question: How can I share Christ’s message and reflect His love, when I am so hopelessly broken a mirror?

In gathering personal anecdotes of “living in the light,” the stories of these women are lamps illuminating my path, aiding me as I seek understanding of the Matthew’s account of the “great commission” that sends thousands out to evangelize the world in a myriad of ways. Personal faith stories, like that of K. P. Yohannan, also provide light as I seek my own understanding of “evangelism.” As an increasingly popular activist for reforming

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