From Our President
No Lone Rangers in God's Kingdom
Dear Friend in the Great Commison,
We could never do this alone. God gives a vision, raises up workers, and calls a team from across the world to execute His plans. He didn’t intend for any one of us to do it alone—especially missions work. There are no Lone Rangers in God’s Kingdom.
So thank you for your support. We just closed out the year 2014 and celebrated the goodness of the Lord’s provision. On top of the generous offerings for indigenous missions, we praise God for your gifts toward our operations and staff at Christian Aid Mission. You are our support team and we thank you!
When you give to our staff you are supporting the communications team for more than 500 ministries in more than 100 countries based in areas of poverty and persecution.
Those working with the Rohingya refugees living in tents on the outskirts of New Delhi have no way to show the world that a beautiful, impoverished widow recently was baptized in a garbage bag full of water in the middle of a desert-dry region on a mild winter day. They rely on us to share the good news. And as you see in the picture, willing hands help fill the makeshift baptismal. People will do anything to be baptized into God’s family.
Those serving the Quechua in Peru want their story to reach ones who can help them provide hundreds of Bibles in that language; they bless the Lord that we are here in Charlottesville, Va., telling their stories through our publications and on the internet. When you respond, souls hungry for the truth can read the Scriptures in their own dialect. God came down. Christ walked the earth. We have His Word in our language; they should have the Bible in theirs.
Those who have paid the cost of ministering in highly sensitive areas in Vietnam and other nations—those who have suffered beatings, imprisonment, torture, hunger, thirst, and loss for the gospel—count Him worthy. They live the Word that says: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). They live a life we can’t imagine in a world still bound up in spiritual warfare as they care for others. They need our help. We make known their need for training, supplies and food. And again, you respond. Because they cannot do it alone.
God is building His team from among every tribe, tongue and nation. We are just one piece of the puzzle. This brings me to my knees.
One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess—from the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of the basins ... and deeper still. The rocks will cry out; the waves will roar; the trees will clap; the earth will groan; the sky will part; and He will come the way He went. “And every eye will see Him, and they also which pierced Him,” the Scriptures say (Revelation 1:7).
There is still work to do. And we are grateful for you. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel, knowing that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of the Lord (from Philippians 1:5-6). He who promised is faithful.
Our Prayerline this month presents 31 days to pray and bless those pouring out their lives overseas. You can provide gasoline for heaters or cars, meals for disillusioned refugees, motorcycles for on-the-go native missionaries, or Bibles for new believers in their own language. Together we can fortify these ministries and encourage God’s servants who are sold-out for the gospel—even in the most difficult areas.
Prayerline pulls us all together. We approach the throne of God with boldness, as one, contending for the needs of the saints in the harvest field. Praying through this brochure ushers in a mighty, rich agreement as a people seeking the Lord in faith. And where two or three are gathered in agreement, in the name of Christ Jesus, the Lord is present (Matthew 18:20). Thank you for your faithful prayers and gifts. We are in this together.
For His Glory,
P.S. If you haven’t yet, sign up for Prayerline Daily, a devotional prayer emailed to your inbox every day (sign up here: www.prayerlinedaily.com). If you already receive Prayerline Daily, our expanded version, which turns each day’s prayer need into a prayer devotional, was scheduled to begin February 1.
Click here to see past letters from the President