The Harvest is Plentiful

May 20 2013

The Harvest is Plentiful

As part of his ministry, a farmer in Southeast Asia told stories from the Bible to a group of children. At the end of his talk, he asked the group who they would repeat this story to over the next week.

The group sat quietly, as children often do when they are asked a question. One little girl broke the silence saying, “I will tell my grandfather this week.”

Although she was not yet a believer, she told her grandfather the story of Noah. She chose this story because he was old like Noah.

This grandfather and his entire family worshiped idols, having many statues in their own home. When he heard about Noah from his granddaughter, he wanted to hear more. 

He and his wife arranged for a local pastor to come to their home and share more stories and provide explanations to these stories.

Calling all of his friends and family together, this man asked the pastor to tell them the stories about his newfound faith. In the middle of these stories, the grandfather interrupted and asked everyone present, “Will you follow this God that we are being told about, or will you continue to follow the gods of our past?”

Like a story from the early church found in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit moved in this family’s hearts, and they all believed.

God is working through the young and the old around the world, but the workers can get tired and discouraged.

Please pray for all of the harvesters around the world, as they help to bring people to know Christ as their Savior. Pray that they will continue to have the strength and desire to carry on in this ultimate task.

Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary.

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Vision for South Pacific

May 17 2013

Vision for South Pacific

OMS is blessed with wonderful partners around the world who have been planting churches for a long time. It has been my privilege to work this week with our partner in the islands of the South Pacific. 

Our agenda is to pave the way for traditional churches that meet in church buildings and have seminary trained pastors to plant simple, multiplying churches that meet in homes and are led by bi-vocational pastors who, as life long learners, receive on the job training.  Sounds daunting doesn't it?

But the joy and the passion of these pastors to empower their members to do great things for God is very encouraging. They have cleared the way for bi-vocational leaders to be authorized to baptize and serve the Lord's Supper: a very big deal in Asia. They greatly appreciate OMS' help in providing Train and Multiply training. And there have been some breakthroughs lately in places where the traditional religion has held sway for years. 

I leave here with a great appreciation for the deep love that national church leaders have for OMS and OMS leaders have for them. And I have every confidence that in the South Pacific as in the Caribbean, traditional churches who love the lost can empower their members to multiply disciples, leaders and churches, even in the face of oppressive social pressures. It's ahoy to partner with these dear brothers and sisters!

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church multiplication, church planting, house churchtrain and multiply