As a former college instructor, one section of my course dealt with “networking”. Networking is just a fancy word for connections.  One exercise students in my class participated in was a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” exercise.  The object was to try to connect yourself to a famous person (Kevin Bacon) through five people or less. Essentially, the six degrees of separation idea is that all people are six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.
 
It looks like this:

                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                
The best thing about this exercise was always the surprise students felt at how small the world really is.
 
When you think about how large the world is, do you ever get overwhelmed by Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28, “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 I have commanded you”?  It seems impossible – all nations!  But Jesus realized that even in the early church, person to person contact and sharing of the gospel would be important.
 
Today, the world gets smaller through technology, travel, immigration and in other ways too.  WELS and LWMS are working hard to build those connections all over the world – some of them starting right in our own backyards.  This month, I’ll lead a small tour of some of our western states and we will visit some congregations where connections have been blessed immensely – multi-cultural services, immigrant support, and reaching back to countries of origin  - are all ways people are being connected to each other and to Christ.
 
We are blessed to know that we don’t have six degrees of separation between us and our God.  Now, we need to continue to make connections that help us go to “all nations” wherever they may be.
 
Look for more information on the LWMS “Connections” road trip on our Facebook page and in our Monthly Notes.  Pray, praise and give thanks for the connections that are happening all over the world!