It was a command that Jesus gave to His disciples: ... that repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in His name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. And you are
witnesses of these things (Luke 24:47,48).
And He said to them, Go into all the
world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).
He meant every person! Every person! When I served as director of missions
with churches in Vancouver, British Columbia, I was told that 65 percent of the
people did not have English as their mother tongue. These 1.5 million people were from almost every
ethnic and culture group in the world. We asked our Lord, Every person? He replied, with a command, Every person! Follow Me, and I will
take you to them! We began to gowith Him and it took us immediately to the main
ethnic peoples, where He had placed us. I was an interim pastor in a suburb,
Richmond, British Columbia, and the closest church to the international
airport. We began to reach out to refugees who arrived at the airport with no
documentation. We began to share Christ with them, and one by one they were
accepting Him as Savior.
But, we noticed an unusual happening in the lives of these refugees who
often had been in danger of their lives in their former countries. They
realized they had been saved physically, but now they were saved
spiritually, by the continuing
love of God. They were so overwhelmed by this truth, they felt they owed God
the rest of their lives, and about 80 percent of the young men were called into
the ministryready to be trained to reach out to their fellow countrymen. What
were we to do about their desire to serve?
We had not planned this, but God had, so we obeyed Him by discipling and
We guided and encouraged one young Filipino toward the seminary in Cochrane, Alberta,
where he immediately enrolled. He has since graduated, is trained to be a
pastor, and has developed into a strong and growing leader for a congregation
in Calgary. He has started churches in Edmonton, plus other new congregations
in Calgary, and he plans to begin as many new congregations for his people in
Canada as God directs.
All new Christians become catalysts for Gods kingdomreaching their people,
where they are, across the nation and to the ends of the earth.
Heaven, Jesus said, is like leaven. Once His rule is established in any
heart and life, that life becomes the center of His activity to the ends of the
earth. When God brings a life across your path, or the life of your church, it
is never an accident or a coincidence. It is a divine plan to reach an entire
people group, for whom He died. He is inviting you to get involved with Him! Join Him! North America is in the
plan and purpose of God to reach all the peoples of the world.
The author of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby is president of Henry
Blackaby Ministries. Visit www.henryblackaby.com for more information.
Bible references are from The New King James Version
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