News from Director of International Missions Jeff Walsh
International Day for the Unreached – May 20 (Pentecost Sunday)
A recent Barna survey found that half of all U.S. churchgoers (51 percent) say they are not familiar with the term “Great Commission.” When presented with a list of potential verses, just 37 percent recognized the Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20. In its third year, the International Day for the Unreached aims to raise awareness of the unreached. The unreached are not simply unsaved. They are those who have no access to the gospel, no way of hearing the life-saving message of Jesus and no one reaching out to them.
The website for the International Day for the Unreached (www.dayfortheunreached.org) offers lots of free resources, including The Great Commission Action Guide. You and your church can also participate in the International Day for the Unreached 90-minute broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
News from Director of International Missions Jeffrey Walsh
Bringing Glory to God in Myanmar
Yesterday I received this beautiful message from Pastor David in Myanmar: “Dear brother, greetings in the name of Jesus and happy to report our baptisms. Twenty-one people received Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Now they have become believers and they need Bibles for their lives.” Praise God! Our Lord now has 21 newly redeemed worshipers to glorify his name!
News from Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting
“DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH”
Few of our African pastors have any formal theological training, yet the optimist will argue that one’s dedicated personal study will allow him to firmly take the Bible in hand and grasp the essentials of the gospel. The challenge grows greater, however, when the pastor has no Bible study helps. How can a pastor “rightly divide the Word of truth” without Bible helps? Imagine preparing a sermon without concordances, commentaries, Bible encyclopedias, Bible dictionaries or any books written on the subject of interest.
From John Gilbert, Latin America Area Director
Cristo Salva is busy preparing for the trip that begins on April 9. They have a full week of ministry events planned:
• Clothing distribution at the sugar cane plant in Chimbauga
• Clinic at Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and participating in the children’s feeding program (approx. 150 children)
• Home visits sharing the gospel and praying for the families
• Visiting two kindergartens
• Friday night youth service in Macuelizo
• Visiting families at the Laurels
• Sunday school at Pastor Juan’s in Macuelizo
• Visiting homes in La Pressa
• Sharing at churches in Sula, Macuelizo, Casa Quemada, Las Pilas and Pinalejo
News from our Director of International Missions
Penny Crusade 2018: Places, People, and Purpose
Penny Crusade, our North American churches’ annual fundraising effort for missions, reaches many places and provides ministry support to many people. The goal of reaching places and people is grounded in an abiding purpose.
Missions is not an end in itself. Penny Crusade and the work of missions serve God’s grand purpose. That purpose is to bring glory to himself by redeeming people within every people group who will love, obey and worship him for all eternity. This grand purpose of God permeates Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. For example, God spoke through Isaiah saying, “And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD … these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:6-7). In holy passion for God’s grand purpose, Jesus quoted this very passage as he drove the buyers and sellers from the temple (Mark 11:15-18). In Galatians 3:8, Paul wrote of this same grand purpose: “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’”