Unknown-8 Ever since I was kid, I have loved to travel. I remember as a 9 year old taking my first flight from Australia to America with my parents. I remember the feeling of looking down from the airplane and seeing the city looking smaller and smaller – like a model of tiny roads, cars and buildings. Rising above the clouds was also a surreal feeling. They looked like a sea of cotton wool. I've been travelling regularly ever since.

A certain amount of travel is good for a church leader. It lifts you out of your context and helps you see what God is doing in other places and cultures. There is so much to learn from seeing things in a different way and from a different perspective. It is also a great honour to be able to serve and input to others. Of course, there is a danger in travelling too much where too much pressure is created for the local leadership team because the senior leader is away so much. Outside ministry can become a distraction if you allow it too.

For many years now I have limited my travel (other than family holidays) to five weekends a year. That is because my priority is leading and ministering in our local church where I am the senior minister. I also endeavour to choose strategic invitations where my time is well invested. This usually includes at least one mission trip a year.

Last year I visited the USA, Sweden, Singapore and Indonesia. This year I have been to Singapore, Moscow, and I have a trip to Africa coming up. Next year, I already have plans to visit Korea and the USA. Over a few decades of ministry now, I have been able to visit and minister in many other nations too, including China, Czech, England, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and Uganda.

It's a big world out there and God is at work in every place. We can't all go (although we should at least consider it!), but we can pray and get behind mission ministry in our local churches. Together we really can impact nations for the kingdom of God.

2 thoughts on “Up up and away …

  1. I pray that the Lord God will take you to many places to teach his word and his way, specially to places where they have not heard of our King ‘Jesus of Nazareth’, and that they will hear his word and follow him. Keep safe on your journeys planned for the future.

  2. My wife and I are ministering in the Philippines the island of Cebu the place is soaked in religion but God is working and the truth is being revealed daily and there are lots of opportunities we just want to be a part of this God move. Mark we love you and Nicole and support the vision of City Life
    church which is our home church and Cebu is our mission work my wife has a big family and we started with ministering to them first also supporting 3 kinds in Bible school please pray for them it is hard to break the chains of religion.

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