Monday, March 21, 2011

To the End of the Earth: Introduction

The Romans of Jesus' day referred to Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent) as the "end of the world." In their minds, this point along the southwestern coast of Portugal was the limit of civilization, and anyone who ventured beyond these rocky cliffs could expect to face certain death. It was from this point that the Portuguese explorers were commissioned to seek new lands "for God and country."

In the month of March and April, 2011, Rhonda and I will take a trip that leads us to the "end of the earth." Starting in Barcelona, Spain, we will visit friends and ministries along the way, stopping over in Madrid, Gibraltar, and eventually ending in Lisbon, Portugal. We will take the ferry across the 14 Km Straight of Gibraltar and spend a day in the city of Tangier, Morocco. Our trip is a part of our 25th wedding anniversary celebrations, and allows us time away from our daily commitmens and distractions to seek the Lord and hear God's voice.

In Acts 1:8, Jesus told his disciples; But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. This reinforce the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:19, 20 - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

We believe that God will use this time to speak to us, comfirming that which we already know and revealing things that we need to know. As we go to the end of the earth we invite you to follow us on our journey. Weekly postings will be accompanied by photos of the places and people visited. Let us know if you've visited any of these places. Make your comments and keep in touch as we make this trip.

Dwayne & Rhonda Buhler - Surrey, BC, Canada