Words for Christian Hearts: Living Out the Great Commission
As I wrap up the blog for this school year, I wanted to share with you just one of the many examples of Christian faith being lived out among us. It continues to amaze me how many great works of service are being performed on a recurring basis within the PCA family. As we work hard to instill the value of Christian service to our students, we continually see mature Christians leading the way by example. These are faculty and staff members that students are fortunate to learn from and build relationships with during their time on campus.
Steve Lambert has been on staff since 2013 as a history and science teacher. On campus, he’s best known for his wittiness, enthusiasm, and Science Olympiad success, but there’s a side to Mr. Lambert that few are privileged to know. He’s passionate about transforming the hearts of nonbelievers near and far. This summer, he’s traveling across the world to share the Gospel news in a heavily-persecuted area. Along with Auburn Church of Christ, Mr. Lambert is traveling to Austria to work with refugees in Vienna and Austria. The refugees flee from Afghanistan, Persia, Syria, Nigeria, and other parts of Africa to seek religious freedom and safety.
Q: When are you traveling?
A: I will travel from May 10-28. I will arrive before the rest of the team in order to prepare for their arrival on May 15.
Q: Why did you choose this ministry site?
A: This is an exciting ministry with new converts added almost daily. There have been over 100 baptized in the last year, with most of those walking in off the streets asking for baptism and Bible study. Many of the ex-Muslim refugees have studied the Bible for themselves and are eager for more information.
Q: How can we pray for you and the mission team?
A: Please pray that the newly converted Christians would be allowed to remain in Vienna and Austria. Some are facing deportation in spite of their conversions. Many Muslim refugees risk being killed if they go back home after being baptized. I would ask you to also pray for Hunter Allen, PCA alumnus, and my son Drew Lambert as they will remain in Vienna throughout the summer.
As you begin to make summer plans, I would encourage you to take Mr. Lambert’s lead and make a difference for Christ. Whether it be across town or across the country, you can make an eternal difference in the lives of others. Make it your mission to live out the Great Commission this summer!
My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
Thank you for reading!
Ron Mitchell, Ed.D.