It is impossible to live in this current age and not be impacted by events on the world stage. In the church and in the wider community, people’s minds are focused on current affairs, trying to understand the meaning of all that is happening. While we live in a rebellious, sinful, broken world awaiting His judgment, God’s priority programme is to have the Gospel proclaimed throughout the whole world, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). Until the King of glory comes, this is the Church’s task.
There is no doubt that these are days full of opportunity for Gospel advancement. While the Gospel message never changes, our methods for sharing it can and will change as we seek to reach the nations of the world. We believe that one effective means of spreading the Gospel is through our sponsorship programme, by means of which missionaries are enabled to give themselves to the task that is still unfinished.
God’s Word reminds us that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are too few. We are to earnestly call on the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the world’s harvest fields. Many of you have obeyed this command and joined us in prayer that the Lord would raise up 70 missionary families to mark the Mission’s special 70th anniversary milestone. God abundantly answered prayer by sending not only 70 missionary families, but 80! Praise God for your practical support that enables these workers to continue in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Far East Russia.
God did ‘far more abundantly’, than our expectations!
The greatest blessing of sponsorship is knowing that through your prayers and financial participation God is working around the world, transforming individuals and communities. The apostle Paul said, ‘I desire fruit that may abound to your account’ (Philippians 4:17). As a sponsor, you are sowing seeds that produce results for all eternity.
Your regular support helps meet the needs of indigenous missionaries and their families who answer the call of God to go and share the message of Christ among people groups who have never heard the Gospel. While national workers face difficult obstacles and persecution, they have enormous advantages for spreading the Gospel in their native countries. They are fluent in the language, have few cultural barriers to overcome, understand the mindsets of the people, and can employ appropriate evangelistic strategies to reach their people with the Gospel. While addressing spiritual needs, they can simultaneously minister to physical and material needs by caring for orphans, providing for widows, offering medical care and establishing Hope Centres.
Investing in their work is your opportunity to take part in God’s eternal plan to reach all nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The fields are ripe for harvest, but we currently have national workers who need sponsorship. Join us in praying about this great need!
If you would like to sponsor a missionary-pastor, please email Sharon Howard for more information: [email protected]