As I sat on my patio thinking about the possibility of going on a longer term mission trip, way off in the future, I thought about who would send me (commission me) - my church, pastor, friends? The last time I went on mission for the 7th time, it was the first time I had a low response to raising funds - about 60% came in. The past 6 trips we 100% funded by friends, church...even some family. Something had changed and perhaps God was trying to show me something....was I depending too much on others to "send" me? If they weren't as supportive for a week long trip last November, would they support me for a month, two months....a year!?
I then turned my thoughts back to the Bible and thought, "I haven't read from Galatians in a long time." So I opened scripture up to the beginning of Galatians....and I got no further then Chapter 1 vs 1. "Paul, an apostle - sent NOT (emphasis mine) from men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father....." My focus had become primarily on people sending me.
Only God sends us - He gives us "marching orders" - others can support us by coming along side in practical ways.