"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8b)
What is "missions" and why do we do it?
While Jesus was on earth, he healed the sick (Luke 8:43-48), gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27-31), and raised the dead (Luke 8:49-56), among many other miracles. Before he left, his last word to his disciples was a command to go throughout the world, telling other people about him. This, he said, they would be able to do despite great danger, intimidation, and persecution, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you have committed your life to Jesus today, you are in a similar position to those original disciples. You have been called to make disciples (followers) of Jesus, showing compassion, empathy, and love for all people.
This is not an easy task. Our safety, reputation, and comfort are at stake. Thankfully, we've been given God's own spirit, the Holy Spirit, who lives within each Christian, giving us the power to forsake those things for a much better cause -- the love and eternal hope of Jesus.
Missions is the way in which we respond to Christ's call. There are many different organizations and individuals we support as a church, local and worldwide, but it's important to realize that Jesus called each of us to missions. This means that we can't simply expect someone else to do the work of caring for the hurting and teaching others about Jesus. We must each take responsibility for doing our part.
We hope you will choose to give your life for the call of Christ if you haven't already. In this, there is fullness of life (John 10:10).
Visalia Naz supports the organizations below with prayer, helping hands, and donations. Click one of the logos or links or fill out the form at the bottom of this page if interested in getting involved with a projects or organizations listed here.
Our Holiday Missions
Monthly Community Outreach
Not listed here (for the sake of their safety) are specific missionaries that we support in various countries such as Northern Thailand, South Central Asia, and North Africa. Join us in prayer for them and fill out the form at the bottom of this page to support them financially.
Why you should participate in missions
On January 8, 1956, an American missionary group consisting of five men - Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian - were speared to death on a sandbar called “Palm Beach” in the Curaray River of Ecuador. They had gone to teach the Huaoroni Indians about Jesus.
They had been warned not to go by fellow concerned Christians. They had rejected the advice, and paid the price with their lives.
What is it that compelled them to go? Was it naivety? Was it a desire to impress?
Jim Elliot, one of the men killed and the leader of the group, wrote in his journal 7 years prior:
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
It seems that Jim and his friends understood this one truth, and it was a truth worth dying for - Christ is better than anything the world has to offer.
As Americans we live in a comfortable world. Most of us are well fed. We have homes. Two cars per family. Toys for the kids. Even the poorest among us are well off compared to many in the world.
And yet Jesus promised his followers, "Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it" (Luke 9). Jim and his crew literally lost their lives for the call of Jesus. They realized that real life is found in loving and obeying Jesus.
Our lives on earth are temporary. Your American comfort will not last forever. One day you will die. Our prayer at Visalia Naz is that each Christian would be willing to lay down their lives today for the call of Christ to love neighbor as self, pray for the persecuted, care for orphans and widows, feed the hungry, and make disciples (or followers) of Jesus.