These days we hear and see much about missions work going on in remote parts of the African content, or in “forgotten corners” of the world inside of a latitude / longitudinal window, and most assuredly, the need is great, and yes, much, much more must be done. I believe in this need 100%.
But I beg you to please “hear” and “see” and be moved to the reality that your next door neighbor, in the beautifully landscaped subdivision or across the hall in a futuristic apartment building need to hear the precious gospel just as lovingly and truthfully, and desperately as those living in a mud hut on a dry stretch of land in Africa, or a stone house hidden high up in the Himalayas.
My mission field is Joinville, the largest city of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It is a modern city filled with high rise buildings, shopping centers, asphalted streets full of cars, motorcycles, buses, and even electric bicycles. But when you look past the comforts and conveniences of modern life, you see faces of precious people, people for whom the Lord Jesus Christ died, people that will one day die and spend eternity in hell if we do not see these souls as ones in need of salvation.
Yes, but what about that saying; “No one has the right to hear the Gospel twice while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” (Oswald J. Smith). Make sense? at first, maybe. Is it Scriptural? No. I am so glad that I heard the gospel more than once, because I did not get saved the first time I heard it. And by the way, there are still people in this world that have not heard the gospel once. So were would that put me, or you in the order of “importance” according to that saying?
Let us reach the people of all the world with the precious gospel message, leaving no one out, even those who have already heard once, or twice.
I am reminded of the little song;
Jesus loves the little children
all the children of the world
red and yellow, black and white
they are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world
He loves the young people and adults too.
So let us not lose sight of any “center” or “side” or “outback” or “hole” or “hill” or “corner” of the world.
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
No, this is not Burundi. Yes, this is my mission field.
January/February 2015 Prayer/Update Letter
4 years ago