“It’s you! It’s really you!” These words were spoken to me by one of SCORE’s short-term mission team members who I met while speaking at a conference this past year. His words were not referring to me, but an explanation of the excitement of a young lady that ran up to him on his first day of college. My heart overflowed with joy as he explained his past experience serving on one of SCORE’s short-term mission trips, and a very special moment that occurred on his first day of college a few years later…Upon entering the student union building for the first time in college, a young lady called out to him,
“It’s you! It’s really you! It has been so long since we last met, but I could never forget your face. You see, I was an orphan in a little village in Russia and you came with a mission team many years ago to visit me. You played games with me all day, colored pictures, and told me about a man named Jesus…God’s Son…who had not forgotten about me. Some time later another mission team came and a family fell in love with me and brought me to America to raise me as their own. Your mission team allowed me to realize that I was no longer an orphan—spiritually or physically. The day you spent with me changed my life forever! It’s you, It’s really you! I can’t believe it’s you. I’ve waited so long to tell you ‘thank you’.”
Tears flowed down my face as I listened to his story. SCORE’s tag-line kept ringing in my ears—Short-term Trips, Long-term Effects. How God can take the simple act of going on a short-term trip and multiply that act into a life that is changed forever never ceases to amaze and excite me. For the past 34 years, this same story has been shared by thousands of others; each situation a little different, but the end result the same…a life changed for eternity because YOU were a part of a short-term mission trip. You may be the one going on the trip; you may be the one making a donation for someone else to go; you may be the one praying while the mission team is serving. But, “It’s you! It’s really you!”
YOU are the one God is using to impact this generation and the next with the Gospel of Christ. YOU are the one God is working through to advance His kingdom. YOU are the hands, feet, and finances that God is providing to help fulfill the ministry that He has entrusted to SCORE. God is working in YOU and through YOU to accomplish this work.
As 2018 comes to a close, SCORE is already well underway with ministry goals and plans for 2019! But we need your best year-end financial gift and prayers if we are going to complete the task and reach even more people with the Gospel of Christ. Along with growing ministry impact in all 13 countries served by SCORE’s missionaries and short- term teams, more mission sites are waiting for us to recruit laborers and establish a presence for the Kingdom of God.
Here are three great ways that your year-end financial gift will help us enter into 2019 healthy and ready to hit- the-ground running:
- Expansion of SCORE’s ministry center complex in the Dominican Republic
- The Greene County, Harlan County, and Brooklyn NY Evangelistic Outreach Events in the U.S.
- Support of SCORE’s Missionary Mobilization Fund – Legacy Fund / SCORE Foundation
Please Join me in continuing the growth and impact of your partnership with SCORE by turning these needs into lives that will be changed as a result. The question is not ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ Your year-end financial gift turns burdens into blessings and lost souls into followers of Christ. Your short-term action today has long-term effects for tomorrow!
John Zeller, Executive Director
SCORE International, Inc.