Strength in unity
Why should less be more?
A few days ago, we received a letter indicating the Belgium Netherlands Mission had been chosen to pilot a programme to integrate service missionaries into the traditional mission structure.
It is an exciting opportunity to reduce duplication of effort, have more aligned reporting structures and to be more unified in our missionary labours – together, as one.
As we unite, we will create an even stronger missionary force to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we read in Ephesians 4:13; “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”
The Forth Road Bridge
As I considered the transition over the last few days, my thoughts returned to Scotland and the Forth Road Bridge, which is only a short distance from our home.
It was opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in Europe, spanning 1005 metres across the Firth of Forth.
Suspension bridges have to be strong and tough enough to overcome a number of extreme obstacles – long distances, high winds, and water.
A suspension bridge is held up by individual wires, which when spun together make strands.
Several strands are then combined into giant wire cables that can hold thousands of tonnes of weight.
In a like manner, speaking figuratively, this principle is evident in our new mission structure, allowing us an opportunity to discover new strength in unity.
Unity grows when we serve together, teach each other, and encourage one another. Our hearts can be “knit together in unity and in love one towards another” – Mosiah 18:21
When it comes to structure, less, frequently is much more.
There is beauty in simplicity.
What blessings have you seen by being unified?