Missions Minutes

One of the ways we are doing ministry at Lumenations is to help out the global work of local churches. My daughter Shelby and I are working hard to get the Perspectives course to our area for the first time ever by Spring of next year. I am also partnering with a local church, Downtown Church of Christ, to help them better communicate to their body what is happening with the global missions that they are involved with. One way I am doing that is by creating “Missions Minutes” videos that they are showing the congregations on Sunday mornings, here are a couple that we presented recently during a special day focused on missions.

On March 3rd, 2019, Downtown commissioned and sent out Andrew & Lydia Taylor and their kids to live and work in East Africa and share the love and good news of Jesus! Here is a part of their story.

Buildings with Steeples

Do you ever remember putting your hands together and saying, “This is the church and this is the steeple, open the door’s and here’s all the people.” I thought about that a few weeks ago as I was preparing to teach Lesson 3 of the Perspectives course, YOUR KINGDOM COME. At the same time, I was preparing for our house church gathering and had planned to focus on the question, “What is Church?” What does it mean for us to BE the church together. I realized while that old children’s poem, with the fun hand motions, while cute and fun, was disturbingly UN-Biblical. So, I wrote an alternative version and shared it with the Perspectives classes in Branson and Harrison and also with our house church gathering. A bunch of people asked me if I had a video link of it - I didn’t. But I do now! Here it is (and the poem is below the video).

This is a building, it may have a steeple, but it’s not the church, the church is God's people.

A people redeemed who take up their cross, who follow their Savior no matter the cost.

And live with God’s love for the wounded and lost.

They’ll gather in huts or under a tree, in underground caves down on bended knee

You’ll find them in prison and orphanages and out on a mission in far off places, 

You’ll find them in homes where families enter, you’ll find them in streets and big shopping centers

In conference rooms, coffee bars, even cathedrals,

and sometimes even in buildings with steeples.

the church is certainly not what you meet in, but the family of God who’ve been freed from their sin.

Wind Power

We put a BIG emphasis on our prayer ministry at Lumenations. We all know that the ONLY way the vision and mission of Lumenations will be accomplished is to be completely dependent upon the Spirit’s provision, direction and strength - and the key connection to that is through the power of prayer. So we have a prayer team and we want to do everything we can to make sure our prayer team is active and knows our prayers needs. (want to join? CLICK HERE and sign up)

Every member of our prayer team has signed up to pray on a certain day of the week and, each week on that day, the receive a reminder e-mail from us. That e-mail includes a picture with a scripture or relevant quote. This coming week, they’ll receive this picture - read below it for the idea behind the picture.

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Each day, I try to read a bit of O.T., a bit of Wisdom lit., more than “a bit" of the Gospels and then a bit of the N.T. letters. My New Testament readings brought me to a couple of passages that I had never thought of in relation to each other.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. - Jesus' message to Nicodemas in John 3:8

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. - God’s message to Paul in 2 Cor. 12:9b

Around the time I read this I also received an e-mail from my favorite royalty-free stock photo site, unsplash.com (see pic above).

It got me thinking about the idea of God’s “power working best in weakness” in relation to a windmill. A windmill is created specifically to work with wind - no wind, no power. It has NO strength, no power on it’s own. It does not have the ability to produce it’s own power, but it CAN keep the wind from producing power through it by getting “stuck”, locked up and not moving. We are created to be vessels of power in the Spirit of Christ alone. We can’t offer anything worthwhile in our own strength but when we release ourselves and allow the “wind” to move through us, then the lights turn on! …power!

I pray that we can operate on “wind power”. May the Spirit of Lord blow through us and through every aspect of our Lumenations ministry.



The "Romance" of a Missionary

Note from Ken:

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I will be speaking at The Rock Campus Church in Columbia, Missouri on the campus of Mizzou this Sunday morning. As I was doing some final preparations for my lesson, I came across this great quote from one of my heroes, C. T. Studd, that I had not seen before:

“The “romance” of a missionary is often made up of monotony and drudgery; there often is no glamour in it; it doesn’t stir a man’s spirit or blood. So don’t come out to be a missionary as an experiment; it is useless and dangerous. Only come if you feel you would rather die than not come. Don’t come if you want to make a great name or want to live long. Come if you feel there is no greater honor, after living for Christ, than to die for Him.” 

C.T. Studd left a life of luxury and fame to serve his Lord and inspire many others to do so. He spent 10 years in China, 8 years in India and 20 years in Africa. He obviously felt he would rather die than not join Jesus in this great commissioning. He died in the Belgian Congo, a missionary to the end.

Sending Churches

We love “sending churches” and we love helping churches send well! This is an area of the ministry of Lumenations that I, personally, am so passionate about. I’ve been blessed to have open doors from several different churches to come in and lead their annual missions conference (check out this fun video I did for one of them late last year). I will be heading up to Columbia, Missouri to speak at The Rock Campus Church next month on missions. If you would like to have me (Ken) and Lumenations help with your church, let me know!

We’ve recently been blessed with an opportunity to help our home church engage with their domestic and foreign missionaries. Here are two new videos we did for their “Missions Sunday” this past week.


Video 1: What is Missions?


Video 2: Why is important to pray? (for our missionaries)