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What is an Ambassador?

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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
(2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV)

What is an ambassador? It's a person whose purpose and goal is to represent the kingdom they belong to. Their goal is to communicate to others the intentions and position of that kingdom. An ambassador doesn't promote their personal agenda, but rather does anything possible to strengthen and protect the kingdom they represent. As Christ's followers, we understand that this should be our goal. God has called us to represent him and to be his hands and feet. It seems like far too often, however, we get caught up in the craziness of life and our hectic schedules and lose focus on our "appointment" as ambassadors for Jesus.

On July 3, our youth group began our experience at City Challenge in Columbus, Ohio. We had spent several days in Kentucky doing service projects in a local community prior to arriving. While in Kentucky, God was already at work preparing our hearts for what was to come at City Challenge. It didn't take long after our arrival at the Rosedale International Center for us to realize that God was at work and He was going to grow us by stretching us. The staff greeted us with much excitement and enthusiasm, and the depth of their genuine joy became quite evident to everyone in our group. It was clear that their excitement and enthusiasm was heartfelt.


"The interactions we had with the Columbus community impacted the lives of our group in a positive, life- changing way. We began looking at things with a different perspective--an eternal perspective."


Our group was feeling inadequate, apprehensive, and fearful as we moved into street evangelism. This was definitely a stretching activity for a group of kids from a rural setting; going out into the streets of Columbus was indeed beyond our comfort zone. These feelings, however, began to fall away and apprehensions lifted as we watched God do His work in and through us. God instilled a spirit of boldness in many of our youth, far beyond anything they had experienced before. The interactions we had with the Columbus community impacted the lives of our group in a positive, life- changing way. We began looking at things with a different perspective-an eternal perspective. 

As leaders, it was awesome to see our youth group's reservations fall away. It was rewarding to see the youth interact with children, with the homeless, and strangers on the street-asking them if they could pray for them, offering them drink or food or just some of their undivided attention. It was exciting to see their confidence grow, to see the hindrances being stripped away, and to see them stepping forth boldly to share the hope that we have. We had some awesome experiences. Once, we were praying in a public place and someone ran up to our group and asked if we were praying. This person requested to pray with us and shared that they had experienced just what we were about to pray for. We also had the chance to speak with a couple of guys on the street, buy them lunch, hear their stories and struggles, and pray with them. We were so blessed by their prayers for us. God is good. Why should we be so surprised by what He can do in and through us if only we are willing? He loves us in spite of ourselves and chooses to use vessels such as us. Thank you, Jesus, for this Hope, this gift of eternal life.

Through them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27 NIV). The "them" in this passage refers to each one of us as Christ followers. As believers, we sometimes become complacent when it comes to talking about eternal life. This passage of scripture tells us that we are to make known the mystery that is, Christ in us, and the HOPE of glory. City Challenge did exactly that. It challenged us to share this glorious gift-the truth that the Creator of the universe lives in us-and through His being in us, we have the HOPE of glory: eternal life through Christ Jesus. We were challenged to share this with those we came into contact with and we were equipped to step forth boldly and proclaim this hope. With newfound confidence we take this hope, not only to the streets of Columbus, but in our everyday lives in the workplace, in our home church, on a college campus, on a REACH team and in the halls of our schools.  

iandp.jpgWe would like to thank the leadership and staff of SEND Ministries again for all they do and how they allow themselves to be used by God.

Ivan & Pam Yoder
Associate Pastor, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, PA