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God’s Global Mission and Plan

God’s Global Mission and Plan

Rev. Crystal June 12, 2014 0 comments

Over the past six months Women of Vision Leadership blog has had readers from all over the world. There have been readers from Sint Maarten, Russia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, France, Denmark, Bangladesh, Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. It is incredible to know there are women and men all around the world who are reading the blog, and are engaged in the issue of women in leadership.

It is often easy to become confined to our own worldview and culture. It is important to have a global worldview. After all, the mission of Jesus Christ is to all nations, cultures, and people. One culture is not better than another, and we should be happy for the differences of each person. Diversity is part of God’s global mission and plan.

I enjoy reading about other cultures, and experiencing people from different traditions and places. Yesterday I was at the Goodwill, and I met a woman from Jamaica. She had a kind spirit, and a beautiful smile. It is wonderful to know we are all God’s creation, and the tone of our skin, the difference in our language, and the differences in our stature and abilities are all a part of God’s beautiful creation. We can truly be who we are with confidence, because we are the creation of God.

Today, as we go about our day let’s look around and see the beauty of diversity, and the beauty of globalization. Be curious and make a new friend. Try a different type of food, or learn a new word in a different language. Ask someone about their story, history, and culture. Be open to diversity. Consider the beauty of all of God’s creation. Think about the call to all nations and all people. Luke writes in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (ESV). The message of the gospel is for all people, and we are the witnesses of this divine diversity and plan. We are a part of God’s global mission and plan.

Copyright 2014 Crystal Schmalz

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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