Last month we were able to spend three weeks in California close to Allegra’s family and church there in Redding. One week of our time was devoted to sharing about the Gospel and missions at a Bible Camp with 130 high schoolers. Each day we were able to speak about the need in the world, both physically and spiritually. There are 2,500 language groups who have absolutely no access to God’s Word in their own language and many thousands more who have little [but not much] access. Those people are living in fear on a daily and moment-by-moment basis because of the evil spirits that they are attempting to appease, or the lies that they believe. (Example: some don’t drink water during pregnancy or don’t bathe because they believe there are evil spirits in the water.) Not only is their daily life so much more difficult without the Truth, but their eternal destiny is hopeless.
It was exciting to share how the Gospel powerfully impacts the people and cultures of these least reached people groups who have never had the chance to hear the Truth and then see how that impacted the way the high schoolers saw the Gospel for themselves. Many of the students weren’t believers themselves, so the goal was for them to relate with the spiritual ‘lostness’ of the tribal people and see that they are just as lost by not believing the Truth. Then, as we shared how the Gospel profoundly impacts the people for the first time both now and for eternity, our desire was that the students would understand and want that for themselves! Only God really knows, but I think it was a success. It was an exciting new way for them to see the Gospel and the power of God.
The Gospel is so powerful, but we have lost much of the wonder of it in our culture. Seeing it impact other cultures was a great reminder for all of us.