When I finally get a clue to what is going on,… when the devil is exposed and God’s plan revealed, what a joy I have, even in times of stress or hardship. So, maybe it all started with our church merging last week, with a church that we already know and love. We love each other, but we were experiencing a great deal of stress, misunderstandings and heightened emotional outbursts, unquantified distrust,… what a mess? What is this Lord?
Oohhh!! Simple really, God is doing a very wonderful thing in our midst and the devil is coming against it with all he has, …Baahahahaha!!! which isn’t much!
I recently told the Lord that I wanted to be stirred up for the unreached, so I piled 5 books on my coffee table next to my Bibles, and each morning, I ask God what he wants me to read. So, this morning as I spent time with God, He lead me to read in a “Perspectives reader” from the life changing, 15 week missiology course. (www.perspectives.org) and I came to a wonderful article called “The Kingdom Strikes Back” by the founder, Ralph D. Winter. So here is the MUCH abbreviated synopsis:
Historically, missions started with Abraham, who was told to move to a land that HE,(God) would show him, and HE would Bless Abraham and his seed, to be a blessing to ALL nations. They had only small breakthroughs in reaching other peoples for God, but then, although it wasn’t intentional missions, Joseph ended up in Egypt and was THE key to saving the nation and the peoples surrounding Egypt.
Gen. 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this (the dream and the plan of action), there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be under your command. Only in regards to throne will I be greater than you.”
Sometimes, when God sends out a missionary, HE opens the door of ministry beyond what we could think or imagine. And not only that!!
57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
What the devil meant for bad, GOD used for an amazing opportunity for good.
The degradation over the next 1600 years saw the decline of God’s rule But, where possible, God accomplished His will through some voluntary obedience and where necessary, through involuntary missionary outreach; like Jonah to the Assyrians, Naomi to Moab due to famine, the nation of Israel in captivity, one being a young servant girl who told her master Naaman, a Syrian with leprosy, that the God of Israel would heal him. Or, the queen of Sheba came “voluntarily”, attracted by God’s blessing-relationship with Israel.
So, historically, 0-400 A.D.
the Roman empire was reached except it did not reach out to the Celts and the Goths. Perhaps as a penalty, the Goths invaded the western part of the Roman empire and it caved in.
The Goths were Christianized, and added in, making the new, “Holy” Roman empire, but this new sphere didn’t effectively reach further north with the gospel.
Again, seemingly as a penalty, the Vikings invaded these Christianized Celts and Gothic barbarians. In the resulting agony, the Vikings too, became Christians.
Let’s not talk about the embarrassing bit of Christian history where Europe, united under the banner of Christ, thought it was a good idea to send crusaders to slaughter Muslims instead of loving and leading them to a loving God.
Interesting note at this point,… the author died in 2009 and this is what he wrote: “Will the immeasurably strengthened non-Western world invade Europe and America just as the Goths invaded Rome and the Vikings overran Europe?”
WOW! Did he call it or what? Europe and America, whether we know it or not, are both overran with foreign cultures. But here is where I see the grace of God in this invasion.
We have an opportunity to win them now!
They need help, they are responding to kindness and ministry all over the world!! I have friends in Finland who have been reaching out to the refugees in Helsinki and leading many to Christ Jesus every week! and here is a testimony from Charisma magazine: Silas, a 25-year-old Iranian man who was reported by Charisma News to be one of these converts. When asked what really prompted him to change religion, Silas said his spiritual transformation came after he read the Bible that a friend lent to him. “When I started to read the Bible, it changed me. … At first, I didn’t want to be a Christian, I just wanted to understand it. But the more answers I got, the more I realized I was finding God,” he said.
Bottom Line,… It is ours to do. They are here in Wichita, We have a Pastor reaching out to the Swahilli speaking refugees with everything he has,… to love them and win them. Where are the refugees close to you? Is there a pastor reaching out to them? Can your church help him by donating food, clothes, housewares, bikes, furniture, money to fund language lessons? So they can better function here? There need is great! Will they find Christians who care? Or Crusaders who torment by their hatred filled glares and non-Christian comments?
If we refuse to go, what do we expect? -SF
Christianity’s New Mission Field: Muslim Refugees
I cannot tell you the elation that I feel as I post this! My last post talks of the extreme amounts of money needed to reach souls, then GOD shows Himself mighty and proves that he WILL have His way in the earth. WOW!
So, Vision 2020 sponsored part of an outreach to Nepal, as well as helping several people who joined the efforts on these events. and we are thrilled to announce that 65% of the people who attended these crusades in 8 different cities across Nepal, asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior! How could they not Love HIM? At every turn people were set free from oppression and healed of diseases! He’s Real! He’s Wonderful! BUT! This is the WOW part! The last day of the crusades, a man representing one of the national TV stations offered JSMI a spot during prime time on the following evening for 2.5K. John called us, we raised it and sent it, it played. This was a broadcast that featured two Nepali Vocal stars who each sang at the beginning of the broadcast, then it was explained that these great singers will be right back to sing their most popular songs after this message, the good news was shared, an invitation given to ask Jesus into their life, and then the female vocalist come on and gave her testimony. Five years prior, she had lost her voice and was told that there was no cure. She grew despondent and suicidal, thinking that her life was not worth living, and a relative invited her to church, where she gave her heart to Jesus, and she was completely healed! After this singer testified, she also invited people to ask this real and loving God into their hearts! WOW! How wonderful is our God! This aired to up to 4-5 million people, actually multiple times, and will be re-aired in more remote regions. We chose to count a very, very conservative number of souls from these broadcast, but still it is 700,000 people! after 10 years of striving for, 1 person per dollar coming to Christ, God intervened and brought at least 280 people per $1 into the Kingdom.
Vision 2020 is now at 1388,125 souls since January 2006! Let the harvesting always find GOD ways of reaching searching hearts! -SF
1- WOL South, Counseling Center
60- Pastor Dhas, outreaches in India
329- Kenya with Bishop James
689- Nairobi, Kenya with Bishop James
78- new church plant, with Bishop James
See updates about Nepal on John Smithwick’s FB page!
“I have but one candle of life to burn, and would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.” – John Keith Falconer
This week for Vision 2020;
Passionate believers on the ground in the dark places of Africa, living and breathing the great commission. May we all be so passionate in the places that God has called us!
Last week for Vision 2020;
* 5 of the 8 entries of souls won, were ministry by ex-cons,* 4 of the entries were to men who were incarcerated,* and one person was born again at a funeral.Out of so much pain, shame, weak or foolish,came such triumph!
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong 1 Corinthians 1:27_________________________________________________________________I love this piece written about John (Ion) Keith Falconer……….
A candle doesn’t serve itself, but rather those around it. A candle is a tool, an instrument. And once lit, a candle naturally is consumed as the heat from the flame melts the wax and burns the wick. John Keith-Falconer viewed his life as a burning candle.
We’re all lit candles. We all are being consumed as our physical bodies advance toward their expiration date. The question is: what does our flame illuminate? As people come into the circumference of our light, what do they see?
It’s possible we may wish them to be drawn to our light, to be entranced and mesmerized like a moth to a flame. But the purpose of a candle isn’t to call attention to itself. Do we illuminate people’s paths or do we blind them with our brilliance?
Beyond that, where would we prefer our light to be cast? John Keith-Falconer had a passion for the darkened corners of this world. Imagine being the light that brings visibility to people who have been sitting in absolute darkness for generations! That’s a great thing for a candle to aspire to, don’t you think?
We candles have a purpose in life, and it isn’t to preserve our own wax and wick. I’m a light. You’re a light. What are we illuminating? And are we casting a helpful light for those in darkness, or are we primarily enjoying the company of other candles? Don’t be a candle afraid of the dark.
John (Ion) Keith-Falconer was born into an aristocratic family. He was wealthy, a world-champion athlete, and a professor at Cambridge University versed in German, Hebrew and Arabic.
He took his flame to the seaport city of Aden in Yemen where he died from complications of malaria. He was 32 years old.
Thanks to Davey and Marie Jank (missionaries to the people of the Amazon) if you like it too, here is their link!
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:15
I was talking with our friends at Global Ventures about helping with a huge outreach to Nepal, especially after Nepal has suffered such devastation by the earthquake on April 25th, 2015. The Global Ventures team had been there at the time that the earthquake happened, and were able to help with tons of water and food, and helped 250 families with shelter. consequently they have had no donations for the outreach to eight cities across this nation.
I was heartbroken to hear this news! As overseer of Vision 2020’s finance, I wanted to be a part since I heard of this outreach last fall. There has always been an important project to sow into,… so,… here we are, believing for a financial harvest to bring the Nepalese harvest to fruition.
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields”. Luke 10:2
The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
Pray the finances aren’t late, for the work that they do.
So, … we are asking God and we ask you as well, would you contribute to give this nation hope, peace with God, and a connection to the one who holds their future?