26 Jul “Missions”
Quote of the Day – “Heaven has a Wall, and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders!”
Think about that.
Today, Pastor Stan & Gevena are in LaVernia, Texas peaching a Missions Convention at Hope Church, an Assemblies of God church. We will be challenging this church to open their hearts and finances to give above and beyond tithes to send those who are called to spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. I guess after over 20 years of missions travels and ministry, we are qualified to tell others how effective it is to reach beyond the walls of our church so that others that might hear of Jesus and receive Him as their Savior.
I remember traveling hours and hours on old muddy paths by Land Cruiser to get to a remote village. The villagers were very curious. They came and felt our hair and pinched our skins. They even shook their head in amazement as the felt sorry for us, because our skin was white and would burn in the hot African sun. Our little group of missionaries sang their hearts out, expressing the love of Jesus. I’m sure we sounded rather puny with our singing. I stood and told the Africans how “Mungu wa mbinguni”`(“God of the Blue Skies”) had a Son named Jesus. You know the old, old story — the one where God saw man’s sin. Sin had to be punished. God had a plan. He commissioned His only Son, Jesus Christ to lay aside His robes as God offered His son as a sacrifice. He was born as a human baby. He came to earth to do one thing — To offer Himself as a sacrifice for man’s sin. When I finished the story, the Africans were asked to raise their hands if they would like to accept Jesus as their Savior. There was 100% conversion rate that day!
Later, the Africans came and spoke to us. They were excited. Their sins had been forgiven. Then they asked the question I will never forget: “If this story is all true, why did you wait so long to come and tell us?”
Today we have a thriving church in that village. We have built them a church that they can use for a school, as well. We provided them an African Pastor.
Isn’t Missions Just the Greatest?