Churches Helping Churches: Unity Between Believers

by Jordan Francoeur, First Church of Merrimack OPC, Merrimack, NH

Jordan Francoeur (center) and some of his "Team Utah" teammates

Being part of Team Utah 2017 was truly a blessing and the love in my heart for Jesus and those surrounding me was in a vertical position, morning, midday, and night, despite times where we grew weary.

The Spirit provided us with bountiful joy and strength even when evangelizing for hours out in the hot sun or in the midst of long night shifts. I am incredibly thankful that God gave me this short-term missions opportunity.

Three specific ways in which I was blessed during my time in Magna, Utah are as follows.

  • One, serving on Team Utah helped grow my confidence in evangelism as I learned alongside my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
  • Two, I left with several new skill sets that I picked up while working on church construction that in the future I can utilize for other refurbishment projects.
  • Three, getting to know team members from Southern California and Colorado.

During our times of corporate worship, Bible discussion, prayer meetings, evangelism walks, refurbishment work, and downtime together, the unity found in Christ was powerfully displayed in each moment. What amazing grace that the LORD's called us to be His children and serve Him, not because of what we have done but because of what He has done on our behalf. I love Ephesians 4 that speaks beautifully on this topic of unity between believers.

I will always remember this trip with fondness and joy in my heart. All glory to God, for all the refurbishment projects that were completed and for every person the LORD led us to share the gospel with. Please continue to pray that God would work in the hearts of the lost, in the valley of dry bones that is Magna, Salt Lake City, and Utah at large. As it says in Psalm 133: 1 - "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!"

Praise the LORD that when this is so we can live out the gospel and declare it together, that more people may understand His grace, repent, and trust in Jesus Christ, who is mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). This grace leads to more people being united with Christ and in turn each other. Let it be so Jesus. 


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