Monday, September 18, 2006

mission: a heart after God

This is the last of the four-part message on the Mission of Nakwon EM.

You can clik on each slide to see a larger version.

Our English Ministry will support the Gospel for Asia, an international native missionary support organization founded by K.P. Yohannan.

The excerpts I've shared about the realities of missions today can be read free online from Brother K.P's book, Revolution in World Missions, a very powerful and convicting book on missions. You will be astonished and blessed reading about how God can raise up one man in his poverty and hardship, and used him (and is still using him) for His work of saving the lost.

The first "Great Wave" or Movement among Christians was during the New Testament times ushered in by the outpouring and infilling of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

The Second Wave is recognized as during the time of William Carey whose pioneering work set aflame a flood of world missions in the 19th and 20th century.

The Third Wave which many missionaries and international missions organizations are recognizing is the Native Missionary Movement, in which through foreign financial support, native men and women are sent in as missionaries to their own people - a movement that has been proven far more effective than any foreign missionary endeavors.

As the Presentation showed, thousands die every day without ever having heard the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

K.P. Yohannan put it this way: each pulse we feel in our wrists - that represents someone in Asia dying without having heard the Gospel even once, condemned to eternal hell.

That is a shocking and heart-rending reality.

Even as believers, we live in such luxury and self-indulgence, having little or no experience of ever being persecuted for our faith, compared to millions in the 10/40 Window who must live in less than habitable conditions, suffering for their simple declaration of love for Jesus.

May our hearts beat with the heart of our Savior who has commissioned us to go into the world with His Gospel.

Our situation may not allow us to pack our bags and catch the next flight to Bombay, but we can reach out in different ways: prayer, for one, and most importantly; but also through financial support of native missionaries in organizations like Gospel for Asia where men and women actually suffer physical persecution for their service to God.

-from September 17th Sunday 10am EM Service

1 comment:

little jane said...

hey jdsn, did you get that book from the church office??
I think we have a few copies of the same book there!! I always thought the cover looked real cool, but never took action to pick it up and read. >_<* hehe.