God’s Call Transcends Time

Rob Donoho

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (v. 12) In this great passage on love, Paul speaks of how dimly we see things now, but how clearly we will see them later. After another hard day of new home construction in Mexico for a family in need, the mission office asked one member of our team to come to the office. A family was visiting this …

God’s Call Provides Strength

Rob Donoho

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21 That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. (v. 16) I was exhausted after the first day of work building a house for a Mexican family in need of a place to live. Paint covered my clothes and every inch of my body felt dirty. My back ached and my neck was stiff. I wanted nothing more than a warm shower, …

God’s Call Comes with God’s Provision

Rob Donoho

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (v. 11) As Paul traveled through the Roman Empire he collected offerings from churches that had more in order to share with churches that had less. Through this experience he noticed the principle that God blessed both the giver and the receiver. While in Mexico to build houses for the homeless, we saw this principle …

God’s Call Is Not about Me

Rob Donoho

Read: Philippians 2:1-16 Do all things without grumbling or disputing. (v. 14) In this passage, Paul exhorts the church in Philippi to put their desires beneath the needs of others and to be humble, even as Jesus humbled himself to the point of dying on a Roman cross. When working as a team building a house, you quickly discover that there are some tasks no one wants to perform. Immediately upon arriving at the build site our team leader, Nathan, …

God’s Call Involves Overcoming Obstacles

Rob Donoho

Read: 1 John 5:1-15 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (v. 4) As our church mission group prepared to cross the border into Mexico from California to build houses for the homeless, we decided to keep all of our passports together. On prior mission trips, border guards never asked for passports entering into Mexico. We wanted to make sure that we had all the …

God’s Call Requires Sacrifice

Rob Donoho

Read: 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea. (v. 25) Paul went through tremendous adversity answering God’s call. Can you imagine being repeatedly jailed, whipped, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, lost at sea, hungry, thirsty, cold, and naked? Paul suffered greatly to answer God’s call. Even so, Paul experienced peace and even joy while suffering. His letter to the Philippians …