At church tonight we had two speakers that talked about recent mission trips. One of the men works with a local ministry here to minister to the homeless downtown as well. One common theme I noticed, and in my memories of being on several mission trips myself, is that on a mission trip – you’re there to evangelize. You don’t think twice about sharing the gospel with anyone you meet. The message of hope you share to a third world country is possibly the only message of hope they may hear. Why don’t we do this in our own world? Don’t we want our families to have hope? Our loved ones? Our children? Why is it more comfortable for us to go to a foreign country to tell people about Jesus than doing it to our co-worker? I think part of this is that we expect churches to do it. Is that what scripture says? Matthew 28:19 says “Go.” Does this mean to literally “go” overseas? Inner-city? What about “go” to the cubicle next to you? What about “go” to your parent’s home? What about “go” to the restaurant with a good friend looking for hope? We need to have more boldness and courage to preach a message of hope, forgiveness, and grace to those close to us. Don’t wait for the church to do it – it may be too late.