As we draw near to the close of another year we are thankful for each opportunity that we’ve had to serve the interest of missions. We logged more miles than we anticipated with well over five-hundred-fifty meetings across 326 days of the last 12 months. It’s encouraging to see young couples and families stepping out to serve as well as some folks pursuing second-career opportunities.
The New Year will begin our 37th year affiliated with New Tribes Mission among which we have 33 year of active service. Those years have gone by quickly. Looking back, we’ve served in missions in our twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, and now in our sixties. How can that be?!!
A few years ago when I was a teen (lol) a ministry was established to reach our city for Christ. Every block, every home was visited and the gospel was shared with those who would listen. You could say then that the city was reached. But the demographics have changed so much that the city is now much the same as before it was reached.
There are believers here but with an influx of ethnicities and new religions popping up there is much work for the church to do. I’m glad there are witnesses of the gospel o proclaim Christ here, though few share their faith these days. It seems we’ve slipped back to the mentality of ‘bringing them into our churches’ rather than going out to make disciples. Little wonder it is so difficult getting Christians to join rank in going to the nations of the world where Christ has never been proclaimed.
The good news is that there are believers here sharing Christ, not many, but there are some. …And there are some churches purposed to train up within their ranks those with vision to go to the unreached nations of the world and declare Christ. That’s where we come in to assist local churches with mission’s vision and helping to equip those they can send.
As we embark upon another New Year we are asking the Lord God to open new doors of opportunity in churches and on campuses. …And, that within those doors we will find individuals who God is motivating to serve. Our desire is that we can come alongside them to nurture and mentor them with a God-focused worldview for lost people, then that they might purpose themselves to be disciple makers –not here, but in areas of the world where there are people waiting to hear of Jesus.