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The Mission of the Church

Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.“ — Oswald J. Smith

Strong words for a nation, and a church, in need of a strong message. It seems that over the last several months every headline and news story in the US has become more and more shocking than the last. "Did you hear about …” has become the opening line of our coffee shop conversations as we tell the tale of the latest scandal, international atrocity, or legislative decision.

For believers in Jesus questions often rises in our hearts, “What should be our response?” “How should I feel about changes in my world that I do not fully understand or agree with?” “How can I show the love of Jesus while communicating a standard of righteousness to the world around me?”

There have been many recent social media posts and writings from well respected leaders discussing these very questions. There has also been a recent outcry for many people of faith to “raise up a standard.” I wonder however if we are raising the right standard.
It seems to me that the more radical the changes in the culture around us, the louder the church (especially in the US) has proclaimed its distaste for culture.

We, the church, have made it more than crystal clear all the things we stand against. We’ve chosen to display our standard of right behavior, right living, right choices and right morals by pointing the finger at all the wrong behavior, wrong living, wrong choices and wrong morals.
Meanwhile we seem to ignore parts of the Bible that clearly provide us with our one mandate from our savior: “GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS” (Matt 28:19)

Today in this world of 7.3 billion people there are a little over 3 billion people who are still unreached. Today 150,000 people will die. 45,000 of those will pass into eternity having never once heard the message of the Good News of Jesus the Savior. While this is a tragic reality, all too often we simply ignore its impact in our daily lives.

Here’s a few examples: • Christians make up 33% of the world’s population, but receive 53% of the world’s income and spend 98% of it on themselves. (aboutmissions.org; Barrett and Johnson 2001) • American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already reached people groups, and .5% to reach the unreached. (aboutmissions.org; The Traveling Team) • Christians spend more on the annual audits of their churches and organizations ($810 million) than on all their workers in the non-Christian world. (aboutmissions.org; World Evangelization Research Center) • The average American Christian gives only 1 penny per day to global missions (aboutmissions.org; Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions, 142)

I believe the culture around us is more clear on what the church stands against than what the church actually stands for. If there is a standard to be raised let it be the standard of reaching the world with love instead of building walls of separation and segregation in the name of morality and righteousness.

My own righteousness is as filthy rags. My divine commission however is honorable, Godly and I can not ignore or run from it. The world around you and I is in desperate need of the same saving grace that was offered to us while in our greatest time of need and moral depravity.

I believe this world will not be won or impacted by us simply screaming our oppositions to it with greater volume; but in the selfless love displayed by the life of Jesus.

He gave us His all.

How then can we give so little? How can we spend our blessings on ourselves (defending our flags and our marriages and our “morality”) while the world around us simply dies without hope? This may be the greatest tragedy of all.

Let us not live one more day fighting over issues.

Let us instead raise a standard of love and giving and offering our lives as living sacrifices in worship towards our King and His one Commission for everyone who call themselves a Believer. Let us today GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES.

Let us begin today to give and to go. You can take steps today to put action to your compassion.

You can invite your neighbor to dinner and begin a relationship through which you can share the love of Jesus.

You can apply for a passport and go on a short-term mission trip.

You can move to another country and live as a missionary.

You can spend your Starbucks coffee money today on support for a missionary risking their very lives on foreign soil.

You can share love today without picking a fight over an issue.

You can bless someone who worships different than you, marry’s different than you, dresses different you and talks different than you.

You have been blessed and you can offer than same blessing to those around you and around the world.

The completion of the Great Commission IS within our grasp if we will simply choose to Go and to SERVE and to CHANGE this world with the love of Jesus.

Level 3 Thinking

A missionary friend recently described to me what he defines as three levels of Christian thinking. The first is what he explains as Level 1: Meet my needs. He stated that in the vast majority of churches in America the typical message is how the Gospel will meet your needs. Your need for salvation, food, clothing, comfort, healing, etc.

Level 2: Use my gifts. He explained that in the vast majority of minister’s conferences in America we will hear teaching around how to maximize ones gifts and calling. We will hear teaching on how to build a bigger budget, a bigger board, a bigger ministry and a bigger church. In essence an answer to the question, How can I be all that I was created to be?

Level 3: Build the Kingdom. Level 3 thinking, he described as Kingdom thinking. Basically answering this question: “What is it going to take to fully evangelize the ______________ people group?” In other words, there is no cost too great, no sacrifice beyond measure, no limit to what we may be willing to give or do to reach a particular people.

You see if our goal as ministers is to build our big ministry (even for the hope of reaching many) then we are unable to die for a few or even one. If I must grow a ministry then I must be here to grow it.

If, however, my purpose is to reach a people group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ then I am able to set aside theological differences, denominational boundaries, racial divides, economic barriers, and worship practices. I am able to reach across a country border, a church pew and a diner table to give to someone else. I am even able to lay down my life if that is what is required.

The Apostle Paul describe several individuals who were preaching the Gospel out of selfish motives. These folks were interested in making a name for themselves. Their intentions were to move Paul out of the way and take his place and credibility.

Paul’s response to this situation is amazing to me. Instead of finding ways to bolster his name or undercut his “opponents,” he simply rejoices in the Gospel being preached.

It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better-they think-for them. So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! (Philippians 1:15-18 MSG)

I pray that my heart be turned from my kingdom to the building of His so that not even those with whom I may disagree can keep from rejoicing in the Gospel.

Doc & Pat. These guys are the real deal. On the mission field now for over 24 years. Through thick and thin they are impacting the Texas/Mexico border area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Doc & Pat. These guys are the real deal. On the mission field now for over 24 years. Through thick and thin they are impacting the Texas/Mexico border area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. @iconnectglobal


Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Doc & Pat. These guys are the real deal. On the mission field now for over 24 years. Through thick and thin they are impacting the Texas/Mexico border area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Doc & Pat. These guys are the real deal. On the mission field now for over 24 years. Through thick and thin they are impacting the Texas/Mexico border area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. @iconnectglobal


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Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words. #quote #St.FrancisofAssisi @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words. #quote #St.FrancisofAssisi @iconnectglobal


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Bienvenido Colonia Jardín

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The first mile into Mexico was nothing but shops and street vendors.  Mexican nationals ready for the waves of US tourists, border citizens, and family members coming for a Sunday visit.  We were obviously tourists. 

After lunch at the American friendly restaurant, Arturros’s, we proceeded to head to the Colonials.  The Colonials are set up as homestead lots for squatters.  
One left turn off the main road and we found ourselves traveling through an impoverished neighborhood.  Simple block homes in between houses made of corrugated tin lined the dirt roads of Colonia Jardín. 

Our host, Doc Louvierre, leaned out the window and began to yell:
“Frijoles, arroz, dulces. Todo gratis.”
“Beans, rice, candy.  All for free.”
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We drove down four or five streets.  After ten minutes or so we rounded the corner and saw 20 - 30 people gathered on the side of the road.  Apparently this was the meeting spot. 
Doc immediately walked into the crowd and began greeting the mothers and the children.  Our team quickly followed. 
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After a few minutes of greetings and the crowd growing, Doc addressed the group.  He was warm and welcoming.  Then he looked at me and said, “Ok, you guys take over.”

It was time for my broken Spanish to come up to speed.  I shared about the prayers of our team for the people.  I shared about the gift of Jesus, the only Son of God.  I shared that today was a day of opportunity for prayer and salvation.  
To God’s glory, the people responded.  Five ladies believed in Jesus and many more allowed us to pray for them.  I remember two young pregnant ladies, both asking for prayer for their unborn children.
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It was humbling and delightful to be able to connect with these people on such a personal level.  

To God be the glory for His magnificent work. 

Travis Moffitt
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“Love your neighbor as yourself.” @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” @iconnectglobal


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“Let the children come to me.” @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

“Let the children come to me.” @iconnectglobal


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Welcome to Jardín Colonial    Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Welcome to Jardín Colonial


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“His banner over me is love.” @iconnectglobal     Taken at Circuit Riders MM

“His banner over me is love.” @iconnectglobal


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Our team from Elim Church heading to the Texas/Mexico border. @iconnectglobal

Our team from Elim Church heading to the Texas/Mexico border. @iconnectglobal

Grace. @iconnectglobal    Taken at Circuit Riders MM

Grace. @iconnectglobal


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I love attending church on the mission field. @iconnectglobal    Taken at Circuit Riders MM

I love attending church on the mission field. @iconnectglobal


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What an adventure. @iconnectglobal

What an adventure. @iconnectglobal

My Dad, My Hero

I’ve heard it said before that PK’s (preacher’s kids) are the worst. I certainly hope I never live down to that standard.

That’s right, I’m a PK. My dad, Johnny Moffitt is a preacher extraordinaire. If you’ve never heard him deliver a message then you’re really missing out. He has a way of moving an audience from tears to cheers in seconds. He can have you laughing and crying at the same time. And once he’s done you’ll be ready to “take on hell with a water pistol.” (One of his quotes)

Not only can he preach, he can work; for the Lord. He’s traveled the world over, walking into some of the worst prisons known to man to reach a single soul. He’s been in prisons in the US, Canada, England, Mexico, Africa, Jamaica and Russia. Places no man should live and no missionary should neglect.

I’ve known my father to not only go to these places himself, but take others alongside. In an effort to make disciples wherever he goes, he will recruit the most stoic of saints, take them to prison, then deliver them back to their pews, never to be the same again.

This year he celebrated 40 years of marriage to the same woman, my mother. With 3 children who love him, dozens of people in ministry because of him, and countless souls heaven bound through him, his legacy is impressive.

Yup, I’m a PK and I’m darn proud of it.

Thanks dad. Happy Father’s Day.

Cosas de Dios (Things of God)  The last thing anyone wants on a drive to dinner with friends is a car accident.  This is especially true when you’re in another country.  But that’s exactly what happened to us here in Honduras.      We had dropped off our luggage at the mission house and were on our way to dinner when … BAM!  Another truck had smashed into our truck;   our rented truck  .          You can imagine the questions and thoughts that run through your mind.  "Is everyone ok?  How are things like this handled in Honduras?  How much will this cost?  What do we do now?“        The young man driving the other truck quickly said he would call his mother.  By the time she arrived we had determined that everyone on the team and in the other truck were fine, only the vehicles were damaged.  We were also discussing how to complete the repairs.        The mother immediately recommended taking the truck to the dealership in town for the repairs.  Since it was late at night we decided to meet at the dealership the next day.       Before we left the crash site the mother, Eva Menendez, said to me in English, "I am sorry for your trouble.”.       I answered her,   “Esta es un oportunidad para las cosas de Dios (This is an opportunity for the things of God).”        Turns out that Eva had worked 20 years for the Dole fruit company as an agricultural engineer and has a heart to help orphaned children.  We are planning a return trip to this city in June to work at Casa Cielo, a local orphanage lead by a fellow CFNI graduate.  When I explained our plans and invited her to join us she immediately agreed.  I believe her involvement in this project will prove to be a blessing to her and Casa Cielo.      I don’t recommend recruiting team members by crashing into them but then again, whose to say what things can become things of God.    PS Eva decided to pay 100% of the replacement and repair costs and took us to a very good repair shop where the truck was repaired and we were on our way. 

Cosas de Dios (Things of God)

The last thing anyone wants on a drive to dinner with friends is a car accident.  This is especially true when you’re in another country.  But that’s exactly what happened to us here in Honduras. 

We had dropped off our luggage at the mission house and were on our way to dinner when … BAM!  Another truck had smashed into our truck; our rented truck.  

You can imagine the questions and thoughts that run through your mind.  "Is everyone ok?  How are things like this handled in Honduras?  How much will this cost?  What do we do now?“

The young man driving the other truck quickly said he would call his mother.  By the time she arrived we had determined that everyone on the team and in the other truck were fine, only the vehicles were damaged.  We were also discussing how to complete the repairs.  

The mother immediately recommended taking the truck to the dealership in town for the repairs.  Since it was late at night we decided to meet at the dealership the next day. 

Before we left the crash site the mother, Eva Menendez, said to me in English, "I am sorry for your trouble.”. 

I answered her, “Esta es un oportunidad para las cosas de Dios (This is an opportunity for the things of God).”

Turns out that Eva had worked 20 years for the Dole fruit company as an agricultural engineer and has a heart to help orphaned children.  We are planning a return trip to this city in June to work at Casa Cielo, a local orphanage lead by a fellow CFNI graduate.  When I explained our plans and invited her to join us she immediately agreed.  I believe her involvement in this project will prove to be a blessing to her and Casa Cielo. 

I don’t recommend recruiting team members by crashing into them but then again, whose to say what things can become things of God.
PS Eva decided to pay 100% of the replacement and repair costs and took us to a very good repair shop where the truck was repaired and we were on our way. 

Casa Cielo Visit

He are just a few photos from Casa Cielo. We visited with Papa Jones last year and got to hear part of his vision for his children and how they are going to change the future of Honduras. http://travismoffitt.com/casa-de-cielo-in-honduras This time we had the honor of once again staying on the property. We love sitting and hearing the heart of these two proud parents. How they describe their family is a joy to hear. We will be coming back this summer and spending a week with them and over the next few weeks will be sharing some of their story and how you can get involved. To see and hear how these children interact with Papa and Mama Jones is a must see. The love and passion that is in their midst is heavy and makes the day bright.