When I attended a Baptist Bible College and Seminary, I don't remember missions being such a strong focus, except in Camaroon. It seemed to me in those years that the North American Baptists had forgotten about the rest of the world. I know and knew this not to be true, but is was rare to hear about another country.
Part way through my degree, I left the Alliance Church, disillusioned with denominationalism and denominationalist legalism and jingoism (please share you experience with me regarding denomationalism, I would love to hear from you; leave me a comment), and began attending a small Christian Brethren assembly. This congregation despite its small size (60 or so people in the pews on a Sunday), is also a missionary church, and has sent missionaries to France, China, Chad, India, and other parts of the world. It also has a vibrant mission in Edmonton, reaching out to new immigrants to Canada with friendship, practical language support, and the love of Jesus.
I now am attending an Assemblies of God congregation in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. This is a vibrant church, with an average of 700 attendies across its three services. It is also a Missionary church, sending missionaries into the remote indigenous communities throughout Mexico and Latin America. Its senior pastor regular tours Latin America, offering training and support to pastors in Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba, etc.
This was a bit of surprise to me. In my Euro-centric vision of missions, I never really gave much thought to the idea that developing countries would be sending missionaries over seas too. I had always invisioned missionaries in India (and other non-white populations) as being of European descent, and carrying with them European/North American curltural norms along with the Gospel.
[When I was attending the aforementioned Baptist College, a Ghanaian friend told me that Africans would be soon sending Missionaries to North America. This is happening now. Before moving to Mexico, I had the opportunity to worship with an African congregation that sought to win souls in Edmonton, AB, Canada.]
This young missionary told us of her experiences in India. It was a fascinating testimony and report.
Then she talked about persecution, of Christians in India, and throughout Asia. And then she began to pray. She opened the altar up, and asked people to come forward if they were willing to commit to supporting their missionaries . . . in prayer! PRAYER!
And that is the point of this blog today. PRAY!
PRAY FOR YOUR MISSIONARIES! The harvest is white, and these brave souls have heeded God's call to help in the reaping. Pray for them.
PERSECUTED CHURCH! Around the world Christians are dying for their faith. Indeed, right now a young Irainian pastor is sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity.
Here are a couple tunes about missions; take the time to listen to them.
Here is a link to a blog about thet role of the Holy Spirit in Missions. Thanks, DrDave!
God Bless you, reader. Take time to pray for your missionaries and the persecuted church before you navigate away from this page. Thank you.
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