Missionaries In Absentia
Carol, a young Christian woman from Southern California, recently went on a short missions tour with a singing group to the island of Jamaica.
When they returned, she said to her mother, "Mom, there were so many people there, and they were so warm and friendly." Then with tears in her eyes, she continued, "But none of them know Jesus."
Carol had been a Christian for many years, yet before this trip she had not given much thought to the spiritual condition of people beyond her own circle of influence.
Seeing firsthand the spiritual plight of some of those in other countries has given her a deep concern for the multitudes who live in spiritual darkness around the world.
She has gone on several other similar trips, and has seen hundreds of people come to Christ as a result of her singing group's ministry. These experiences have truly made Carol a "world Christian."
Do you have a heartfelt burden for those around the world who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Would you like to be a world Christian? You can, even if you cannot leave your own hometown.
How can this be? There are several ways.
First, you can pray for the lost people of the world. These need not be vague, general prayers, but you can target specific countries, as I did for Russia for 43 years before the walls came down and evangelism began there on such a wide scale. You can also target people and population groups within those countries, such as government leaders by name, which you can find in many places, such as almanacs.
You can also pray for fathers, mothers, children, churches and missionaries there, and other groups.
"The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again" (James 5:16-18, NLT).
Second, you can support evangelistic causes and missionaries in other countries where you may be burdened. By so doing, it is the same as you being there. It is a team effort, and even though physically absent, you will no less be on that team, and reap eternal rewards.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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