Over the next year I will spend time in another context.
It's easy to get caught in your own routine and get stuck in a rut. When we spend time in another context, it reminds us that our own corner of the world is not all there is. There are other people with their own needs, issues and hardships.
When we spend time in another culture, it changes the way we see the world. It helps us see the world more from God’s point of view.
Our hearts can break with the things that break God’s heart.
There are many ways to spend time in another context. You can serve in a soup kitchen, work with urban ministries, take a family ministry vacation, or go on a short term mission trip.
You can find great opportunities on line at ShortTermMissions.com and imb.org. Of course you will want to check out any organization thoroughly before traveling with them. But the opportunities are abundant and within financial reach.
God can use us to help others. And in the process, God ministers to us.