Scott McClelland is a husband of 26 years, father of 3, business owner, and used to be on Christian radio back in the 1990s. He’s based in the US and been involved in persistent short-term missions since 2005, where he tends to focus on Africa and Latin America.
As you can imagine, Scott is a busy guy and it took us a few weeks to find a time that worked for both of us. I’m really happy we were able to connect.
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Life in Ministry
Scott and the team at FXMissions have been traveling and motivating people to get involved in missions since 2005. It's been very transformational for Scott in terms of his faith.
- Challenged shallowness
- Embrace challenges
- Embrace the realities that other people face
Some of Scott's perspective on missions and faith, in general, has been a slow realization. He met the Lord at 16 years old and was quickly aware of God's presence, though he was virtually untrained.
As he was sharing about this time in his life, he laid out a story of a time when he felt like God spoke to him and directed him to Habakuk 1:5.
“Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. (Habakuk 1:5)
He was gripped by that Scripture, though he didn't realize what that verse would ultimately mean to him and his involvement in the nations.
As we chatted, he shared about a time when he was very ambitious in his missions adventures. He was young and was helping train short-term missionaries. And he volunteered for two back-to-back assignments: one in Kenya and the other in Mexico.
However, he forgot a couple of key things:
- He needed time to process his first experience in Africa
- Jet lag and accumulated fatigue
In short, he reached his limit and became very ill. However, even though his contribution wasn't what he'd hoped it would be, God was faithful.
Scott's mind was drawn to the first time he was in Mexico City – about 10 years ago. He was serving at a conference and he was overwhelmed by everything that was around him.
He began to notice some things around himself and feel a sense of something from the Lord.
He began to pray for some of the people he'd encountered. He could sense that something was going on – maybe some difficulty or temptation.
But the Lord began to reveal something to Scott about the church in Mexico through this man. He began to see how the artificial “status” of visiting missionaries could actually put the local church at risk. And that forever shifted Scott's perspective on the importance of how we approach missions.
How to Approach Short-Term Missions
How NOT to approach short-term missions
- Show up
- Save the country
- Shop for souvenirs
So many people get involved in short-term missions and are enamored by the possibility of a global impact from their individual efforts. It's a part of process.
But it often creates completely unrealistic expectations. It's better to:
- Keep in mind that you're going to serve
- Be an instrument of God's love
- Learn something
Scott and the team at FXMissions are trying to create a context where people can learn by doing. They are creating a platform to help people onboard into short-term missions.
Learning as you go.
Significance in the Marketplace
Scott is a business owner. He said that some of the biggest faith lessons Scott has learned came through business. He uses what he learns in his daily walk with God in the marketplace.
When Scott was young, ministry overshadowed everything else. Looking back, he wishes he would have been more relaxed and spent more time with his family.
Personal Success Habit
Scott's suggestion was to get out to your local library's website and check out some audio books on leadership or missions. There is so much available for free from your public library.
- Librivox.org for free audio book downloads
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Rather than sharing some parting thoughts, Scott offered a prayer. If you'd like to hear and join in with what he prayed, you'll find it about 44 minutes into the recording.
- Website: FXMissions.com
- Twitter: @fxmissions
- Facebook: /fxmissions
- Personal Facebook: /NScottMcClelland
If you'd have any comments or questions, you can always leave a comment in the show notes or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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