ALL NATIONS: Putting the Great Commission into Action

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age” —Matthew 28:19-20.

The words of the Great Commission hold a powerful command from Jesus to every believer. Perhaps, though, going to the nations doesn’t require a plane ticket or passport.

worldreliefIn our incredibly diverse country, we have the unique opportunity to touch the nations within our own communities. Broken and hurting people are all around us, desperate for a Savior who can reach beyond the cultural differences and language barriers that often divide us.

“The nations are literally at our doorstep,” says Lynsey Auman, Journey Manager for World Relief, a humanitarian organization whose mission is to serve the world’s most vulnerable people in the name of Jesus.
World Relief’s vision is to work primarily through the local church, empowering God’s people to serve refugees within their own communities. Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their country due to persecution. World Relief reaches out to refugees in three primary ways: economically, socially, and spiritually. With offices and projects all over the globe, this evangelical ministry offers hope to millions who are often overlooked by the rest of society.

Love Your Neighbor

Lynsey manages the Journey Refugee Youth Services Program, a relatively new initiative through the Nashville office of World Relief. The program focuses on empowering teenage refugees living in the United States through tutoring, mentoring, and school partnerships. Journey’s goal is to provide hope for academically at-risk high school refugees.

“Each refugee brings with them stories of hurt, sorrow, and pain,” Lynsey says. “The good news, though, is that many of these stories are turned into stories of hope. They may not look like us [and] they may not sound like us, but they are all just as deserving of love.”

World Relief is doing something beautifully simple: loving their neighbor. Through programs like Journey, the organization is moving past differences and extending the compassion of Christ to people in their most vulnerable moments.

World Relief is really more than just a helping hand. Their work is rooted in the Great Commission and motivated by a deep desire to “make disciples of all nations.”

What about YOU?

So, what can you do to reach the nations—even as a teen? Look around you. Are there refugees or vulnerable people in your community? Are there students in your school who have moved here and just don’t fit in? You could be a part of changing that for them.

As Lynsey points out: “It is our responsibility and should be our joy to welcome [the nations] into our lives and to dive into theirs. I have been changed by the relationships I’ve built with refugees. I have learned lessons of perseverance, hope, rescue, struggle, and joy.”

Jesus highlights the powerful impact of embracing a “stranger” in Matthew 25:35-36. America has become a refuge for people from foreign lands who have come here with hope for a better tomorrow. We have the opportunity to show them what it means to have great hope for eternity!

So, will you look around your city, your school, your state, and even the nation to find ways to serve the vulnerable in the name of Jesus? Your part in welcoming the nations might be as simple as striking up a conversation with a foreign exchange student at school who feels isolated because of cultural differences. Perhaps your response will be as ambitious as volunteering with World Relief or a similar organization.

Whatever you decide, make it your goal to live a life that’s fueled by the Great Commission.

For more information on World Relief or the Journey Program, visit:


This article was written by Rachel Trammell for the April issue of ec. Get your subscription here:

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