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MV Kickball: Missions in our Backyard

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (ESV, Matthew 5:14-16).

When many Christians see this verse, they look outside the borders of the United States and towards the areas that need the light the “most”. Millions of Africans, Indians, and Asians seem to garner the attention of missionary efforts. And rightfully so. There are millions of lost souls in these parts of the world that need to be reached.

But let us not forget our own surroundings when trying to uphold Christ’s teachings in this excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount. The people of the United States are growing further and further apart from our Holy Father, and the numbers are only going to increase if we, as Christians, stand idly by and allow our light to be defeated by the darkness. The light of the Lord is just as important in Africa as it is in the United States as it is in the Tri-Cities. Just because we live in the so called “Bible Belt” does not mean we can sit on our hands. I encourage you to seek out opportunities to be the Lord’s light.

One such opportunity has been the Mountain View Kickball League that recently started its new season at Mountain View Elementary. It has been a unique chance to not only play and coach some kickball, which I love by the way, but to also be that “city set on a hill”. The lost of this world are not distinguished by age, gender, or nationality. There have undoubtedly been children and adults at our kickball games that need to see and experience the light of Jesus Christ. These children represent a unique opportunity to share the love of God because they are so malleable and impressionable at this age.

Have I as a coach been given the opportunity to witness directly to my team? Not yet. But sometimes my words and actions can be just as pertinent. It is no secret that this is a church-organized kickball league. And make no mistake, the participants know this. Why not take advantage of this fact? The league has given myself and the other coaches a chance to show God’s love in our practices, games, and fellowship afterwards. Events like these are so important to our community and I can’t stress this enough. Johnson City needs Jesus Christ.

I’ll end with this verse from Acts. “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (ESV, Acts 13:47)

Brett Flora


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