In just two days a team of 12 people from our church will be on the way to serve in Nicaragua with Because We Care Ministries. Leading this trip will be Steve and Tina Stone. Today’s post was written by Steve earlier this year, and I share much of it again today as we prepare to travel this Saturday. May this past help us see from God’s perspective:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The words go, goest, going, goings, goeth, and gone appear in the King James Version of the bible 2004 times! While the words stay, stays, stayeth, and stayed appear 69 times! Any question of what God wants Christians to do?
A survey of professing Christians sadly revealed that 95% of all Christians have never led a non-believer to Christ; 80% of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ; and only 2% are involved in a ministry of evangelism.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
These stats are sad because they reveal the true state of the modern church. Instead of taking the news to the ends of the earth as Jesus commanded, we don’t even take it to the end of our street. What has been termed as “The Great Commission” by our early church fathers could now be described as “The Great Omission”!
These were his instructions to them: “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.
Blessings always follow obedience! This week a group of people from our church will be travel to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, with Because We Care Ministries (http://www.bwcm.org). The purpose of this mission trip will be to share the love of Jesus Christ to these desperate people. We will do food distribution, evangelistic rallies, provide much needed medical clinics as well as some home and church construction. We will be called upon to share our faith in word and action with many people who simply have never heard of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
We need your help! At this point greatest need for us as members of the team are spiritual, for your prayers. Would you consider joining us with your prayers? We are grateful for all the people who helped to raise our own support through personal sacrifice and giving.
Our team cannot wait to share what God does around and through us. Next week you can follow us on Facebook or through some of our emails with updates and stories. The fact is, God may be calling you to step up and share your faith.
What if the missionaries didn’t go?
Pray for Michael Cook as his girlfriend passed away on Monday. Praise the Lord for a young man named Brandon that accepted Jesus yesterday through our feeding ministry. Pray for our Nicaragua mission team leaving this Saturday. I am also praying for are Catrina Lawless, Tyler Martin, Tony Nichols, Brenton Hall, Ken Woodward and Josh Hill.