Director of Missions

Cooperation

         In 1936 the Hoover Dam, one of America’s most famous landmarks, began operation. It was the most colossal structure the modern world had seen up until that time. The main purpose of building the massive dam was to control floods, provide irrigation water, and produce hydroelectric power. Six companies, working together in torturous weather conditions and facing many difficulties in construction, finished the dam in six years. There were no roads to the site. There were no train tracks or rail cars to haul the equipment and men to the site. There were no concrete plants or lumber mills in the area. There were no hardware stores, or even grocery stores, for that matter in the area. So before they could begin the project, they needed to build the infrastructure that would supply the resources to build the huge dam. They erected an entire town called Boulder City to house workers and their families. They created a police force, a local government and shopping facilities, and much more  before the project began. They built concrete plants at the construction site and laid miles of rails so the railroad could bring in construction supplies. They built roads where there were no roads, homes where there were no homes, and businesses where there were no businesses. And the amazing thing is, they did all this  together through a great cooperation. Throughout the project, they stayed focused on the primary mission of bringing hydroelectric power to the Nevada Valley and surrounding area. Had they lost sight of the primary mission, the project would probably have failed. Yet, they remained focused in their mission and the sheer  determination of the 21,000 men who built the structure stands as a monument of how powerful cooperation and working together can affect generations.

The Church has been given a primary mission, and the Master Builder of the Kingdom of God is Jesus Christ. As His workers, we must work together and remain focused on the mission, if we want to see the  Kingdom of God advanced on the earth. Too many churches have lost sight of their primary mission and have stagnated or even declined because of it. Cooperation must first begin in the local church where everyone lives out the Gospel together in unity and in resurrection power. To fail at the local level is to weaken the whole: (Rom. 12:5) “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members of one another.” Too often our failure to recognize that we are members of one another drives us apart, or at least, leaves us weakened and fractured. Too much is at stake for us to grow weak in our disunity. Like the thousands who built the Hoover Dam, we must remain focused on our primary mission and cooperate together to see it fulfilled in our lifetime. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). 

Serving the King Together, 

Eric