Here it is the middle of February and Spring is just around the corner. As the farmer prepares the field for planting, we are preparing for some planting of our own. The Great Commission is our Lord’s instructions on how to sow the seed of the gospel of Christ to the world. Today I am only speaking of the sowing to the ends of the earth.
We have a missions committee meeting in just a couple hours from now and we will be working on plans for a mission trip to Japan, as well as a number of other mission trips and activities. Concerning the trip to Japan, pastor Takeshi has invited us to join him and several other churches in Japan to a Bible Training Convention there in Japan in October. Our role in the program is not defined at this time but we are sure that this is the beginning of a work in Japan that is just now opening up to us. As of right now we already have 4 leaders who have indicated their desire to go on this mission trip. Pastor Takeshi has shared with me that there are several churches there that will be in attendance. I also know that good Bible Training is so rare there and the need is so great.
I got the idea of possibly putting together a Bible Training institute there where we could contribute in an ongoing way. I have contacted my alma martyr about this possibly and was told by President Fox and his staff, that they not only would like to be a part of that effort, but that they already have all of their courses available on the internet and that if they coordinated their time, that they could video conference directly into the class time. This is a tremendous opportunity to make the Bible training available to Nations that have no Bible training available to them at this time.
This would also open up multiple opportunities for additional involvement from churches here in the USA to carry out the great commission on a scale that was not possible just a few years ago. Instead of bringing the pastors here for training, they could get the Bible training and would be much closer to their own country and culture. There is so much work to be done but that is the story of Acts, Crossing barriers with the Gospel? The early church crossed the language barriers, culture barriers, racial barriers, distance barriers, etc. and we can too. The opportunity is ours and we are endeavoring to follow the Lord in this Great Commission.
On another note, we are also looking at the possibility of another trip to China this year and we need your prayers once again. Last year I made a trip to China and saw the hunger for the gospel and the commitment of believers to stand in the face of persecution. Since then, the Chinese government has increased its persecution of the church and many churches have had their leaders imprisoned and members interrogated. Their possessions have been confiscated and their careers have been blocked. The Chinese government calls the church darkness, but in Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. He went on to say that in Mt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
I amasking each of you to be a part of what the Lord is doing for us to carry out this work. Many of you have supported our efforts last year and we saw the Lord do amazing things. This year we are requesting your prayers and support once again. Will you do your part? It takes all of us to see this work carried out. All of you can pray so will you be a part of our prayer team? We can support the work in many ways, even as simply as financially or materially. We can go, for the commission is as you are going and not when you go, or to put it another way, where ever you go in your Jerusalem (domestic), your Judaea (local), Samaria (territorial) and the uttermost part of the earth (everywhere else). Go where He goes and do what He does.