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To See More Clearly

 

The 1990 Space Shuttle launch to place the Hubble Space Telescope in space brought great hopes for astronomers and scientists alike. They anxiously waited to see images from deep space. The glimmers of hope soon faded, however, when the first images transmitted to earth were blurred. It was later discovered that the lens of the large Hubble telescope had been incorrectly made. The specifications to provide crystal clear imagery were not calculated into the equation of weightlessness in space.

Today, however, breathtaking images of distant galaxies are now regularly transmitted to earth from the Hubble telescope. How? Scientists devise a plan to correct the flawed lens of the telescope by creating yet another lens that would correct its vision. Like placing a contact lens onto the eye to correct one's vision, so the plan was to adapt the seeing power of the Hubble telescope.

Parallel to this story of the Hubble telescope is the story of man, who with the fall of Adam cannot see clearly who God is. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God," (2 Corinthians 4:4, NIV).

God in His foreknowledge prepared a way by which man could see Him, by sending Jesus from the heavens to the earth. He is the corrective lens to our spiritual eyes so we can clearly see God-in His grandeur and in full detail and no longer appearing from afar but up close and personal.

This is what makes missions and BGMC vital. Millions of people have no lens with which to see God.

The mission remains constant for us: We must fully embrace the Great Commission and reach the people of the world who cannot see Jesus, who "cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ." Our long-term objective in accomplishing this task should be "clear" to us: to train up the children-our greatest resource-for current and future ministry.

BGMC is nearing its 60th birthday, and still this ministry is increasing in numbers of participating children and dollars given each year to world missions. As more church leaders and pastors "clearly see" the importance of training up the children to reach the world, our brightest days of ministry are ahead.

There are millions of people worldwide who have blurred spiritual sight. Thanks for teaching children about their vital involvement in missions-and for helping BGMC provide the corrective lens of Jesus through the hands, ministries, and efforts of our missionaries.

 


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