JOEL, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THIS MINISTRY? by Joel McGee
For the first two years after becoming the director of JungleMaster Ministries, I felt God telling me to move slowly, to rest in Him, and to wait for Him to lead me. But early in 2018, God started to speak to me with a different theme: “I have entrusted you with this ministry, Joel. Now where are YOU going to take it?“ I really didn’t have an answer for this question at the time. But it led me to start asking myself, “What kind of future does JungleMaster Ministries have?” and “What will the organization look like?”
After a lot of thinking and praying, I realized one thing. JungleMaster Ministries has always had a somewhat short-term, project-based mentality. There was nothing wrong with that, but was it still the right strategy, now that Amy, Carmen, and I were living full-time in the Amazon?
The more I prayed about where I was going to take JungleMaster, and the more Amy and I talked about it, the clearer it became that it was time to change the mentality, time to stop thinking short-term and change to a long-term focus. I am learning that to make disciples it takes relationships. It takes loving people the way Jesus commands us to and being the examples He calls us to be. Mentoring pastors and leaders is no short term project, especially when it is being done cross culturally! I’m sure glad God never thought of me as a short term project!
So, what steps will we need to take in order to make this switch to long-term thinking? At a retreat with the JungleMaster Board in January we discussed this in great detail, and we agreed to do the following things: 1) Make some modifications to the mission house to make it more livable. 2) Make some minor organizational changes State-side related to having a full-time paid director who is also our on-the-ground missionary. 3) Consider putting certain organizational or structural things in place in Peru so that, if and when the McGees are called off the field, JungleMaster’s work will continue in a sound and accountable way.
|Joel has recently tiled the concrete countertops of the
mission house kitchen in order to make them more
Even more importantly, I’ll need to work hard to maintain correct priorities. My relationship with Christ is the most important part of my life. Next is my relationship with my wife and the job of leading my family. Then comes my relationship with, and my ministry to, the community I’m in. Keeping my responsibilities in line is an important part of modeling the Christian life for those I’m ministering to and also makes the work I have to “do” or get to “do” a bit easier and more enjoyable.
So, now that we’re thinking long-term and recognizing that we need to focus on developing relationships out of the hope, peace, and love we have with Christ in order to successfully do ministry, what are the pillars of that ministry? What has God gifted JungleMaster to do? Well, there are a couple ways that I feel God has truly gifted us: 1) The ability to partner strategically and help others connect and 2) our mechanical abilities and resources.
|JungleMaster has assisted Jared, a Peruvian youth
sports ministry in numerous ways. JungleMaster
transported Jared staff to Santa Rita for 2 days of
training with this group of kids.
|Joel is developing a course in
basic mechanics. His daughter,
Carmen, and their friend, Luis,
are among his first students.
ADOPTING A HEALTHIER MINDSET by Joel McGee
|He has replaced rotten wooden supports with
sturdy concrete ones like the one on the right.
|The front door has been replaced.|
|In addition to tiling the kitchen countertops,
Joel has also tiled the floors.
|Joel has replaced the former wooden ramp spanning the
drainage ditch in front of the house with one made of concrete.
WHAT IS MY MINISTRY? by Joel McGee
- For groups or individuals who will commit to praying for and with the McGees
- For mature Christian couples to mentor the McGees and reach out to them on a monthly basis
- For safety, health, and strength for the McGee family
- For God to raise up more missionaries (individuals and families) to join the work in Nauta and on the rivers
- For the local Peruvian pastors to stay encouraged and to desire to work in unity
- That God will raise up strong leaders who desire to lead their villages and communities to God
- For the chains of corruption to be broken
- For the locals to experience the true peace that comes from having a relationship with Jesus Christ