Ever wonder if you were made for more? If there is something beyond the daily routine? If God has a bigger plan than you imagine?

Thousands have asked those questions. We want our lives to count. Days are limited. Purpose matters.

Perspectives, a 15-week discipleship course, is designed to mobilize people for God’s mission to redeem people from every tribe, tongue and nation. That means neighbors, refugees among us, those at work, in our communities and beyond.

Classes are not just for those interested in full-time ministry or those who seem “super-spiritual.” They are for everyone. Missions is not a job or a destination. It is a way of life.

Perspectives classes are taught by pastors, missionaries, professors and mobilizers from around the world who have a wealth of experience. One class may be taught by a businessman using his company to help villages in West Africa, another by a pastor leading his church to reach their community. You’ll hear from men and women who invest their lives reaching those who have never heard the name of Jesus and believers who risk everything to reach those living in a closed country where teaching about Jesus is punishable by death.

“Perspectives opens our eyes. As Americans, we are totally comfortable in our lifestyle,” said Southeast Missions Ministry Leader Charlie Vittitow. “We get trapped in pursuing the American dream. But all that fades away as we see the mission God puts us on. We can’t sit on our hands. We must be loving and engaged in sharing the Gospel.”

Tony Weedor, who works in Missions Ministry, teaches some Perspectives classes. Raised in Liberia in a family that followed animistic folk Islam, he learned about Jesus through a missionary from Iowa. Leaving Islam cost him everything. When civil war rocked Liberia in 1989, Tony, his wife and baby walked a year to reach safety, then spent four years in a refugee camp.

He came to the U.S. to attend seminary.

“Perspectives makes you uncomfortable where you are in your life but comfortable with God’s plan and how to become part of it,” Weedor said. “The question is if you are going to enjoy the Christian life and die without leading one person to Christ.”

Missions is no longer far away.

“The mission field has come to us. What are we going to do about it?” Weedor added. “People from Somalia, Congo, Myanmar are now our neighbors, and we’re told to love them as we love ourselves.”

Vittitow said some of the most-needed and effective missionaries have taken jobs as engineers, teachers, doctors and nurses in countries closed to the Gospel.

“These places have shut out missionaries, but they love Americans and invite them to work,” Vittitow said. “So many are taking jobs in these countries to share the Gospel. That work is for everyone who can share their skills.”

Beginning Aug. 3, Perspectives will be offered Mondays at the Crestwood Campus from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Blankenbaker Campus.

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