Something new is coming in October. We need your help – write your last letter in 400 words or less.
It’s actually an ancient tradition of soldiers and missionaries who as they board a ship, write their family and friends a letter that they think might be their final communication! The resurrection of this ancient tradition is to inspire a new generation to think and pray through the reason for their life – and possibly the sacrifice of their life for a cause greater than themselves.
Last letter is a call for a revolutionary lifestyle inspired by individuals willing to offer every breath to fulfill the passionate call of Christ.
The vision is for a movement of believers taking up their crosses daily and following Jesus… into the slums of India, into HIV hospices of Africa, into the child labor underworld in the far East, into waterless villages, into garbage-dump cities, into lands ruled by extremist regimes, into the least reached villages, and into the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in our cities. It is about bringing awareness and justice.
The pillars of this movement are found in four words:
Jesus’ personal sacrifice transformed judgment into mercy.
Jesus’ revolutionary action disrupted history and unlocked eternity.
Jesus’ death and rising brought the hope of justice for all.
In Jesus, God became flesh. He died for you and me.
The movement has the gall to ask the question –What are you willing to die for?
The Purpose is to fuel a revolution of Christians who are passionately offended by hopelessness and poverty. Where there is hunger, we will feed, where there is no water, we will dig, where there is disease, we will bring medication. And why? Because Jesus asked all of us — every believer — to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick, in His name. Through His example of sacrifice and death, we die to ourselves that He might live in and through us in this world.
The Narrative of Last Letter comes from an epoch long forgotten, when obedient Christians packed up their worldly belongings into a pine casket and sailed the oceans to a distant land. Before it’s ultimate use, the constantly visible casket served as a daily seal of the missionaries’ commitment to take up Jesus’ cross among the poor and the lost.
Before their ships would sail, these Christian servants would scribble with tears and ink their last letters. These letters were penned in Bibles and on weathered parchment in a desperate attempt to explain their divine compulsion to give up everything and everyone to serve the lost and the hurting. At her final farewell, surrounded by parents and siblings, a twenty-year-old single lady would hand her father her last letter, she would tearfully embrace, board the ship and sail off never to return.
Karen Watson was a young missionary, recently murdered in Iraq because of her bold service to the Lord. At her funeral, Karen’s last letter was read by her pastor.
You should only be opening this letter in the event of my death.When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations. I wasn’t called to a place; I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory my reward, His glory my reward…
The missionary heart:
Cares more than some think is wise
Risks more than some think is safe
Dreams more than some think is practical
Expects more than some think is possible
I was called not to comfort or to success but to obedience…
There is no Joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him. I love you and my church family.
In His care,
The Passion of Last Letter is to recapture the dedication of those who have sacrificed everything to bring justice in Jesus’ name.
The Last Letter Journey is a faith revolution. It’s a call to action. Our intent is that we seek Jesus, and contemplate His love for the desperate, the lost and the least reached.
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?” – Jesus
Send us your last letter today.