From Our President
You are God’s Treasury
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
Did you ever consider that you are God’s treasury for the Lord’s end-time harvest and the greatest revival of all time?
I realize this more and more as I contemplate the testimonies of native missionaries who visit us and speak at our weekly chapel meetings. They are focused on the Lord’s mission to have a witness for His name in every nation. They are about their Father’s business, and they pay any price to see the gospel reach every people.
God calls us to partner with His hands and feet in harvest fields all over the world. His arm is not too short to save—and missionaries native to their lands are most effective.
The Dawn Rises in Deep Darkness
A visiting native missionary from India, traveling in the U.S. to raise support for his ministry, recently reminded me of the essential role Christian Aid Mission has in backing the frontline workers in 100 nations, who are working to reach the remaining unreached tribes and thus hasten the day of our Lord’s glorious return.
“Help keep us in the field,” said Rev. S.J. Peter, leader of DAWN ministries, who endures persecution to plant churches among unreached people groups in 91-percent Hindu Andhra Pradesh. The photo shows this ministry working among the 95-percent Hindu Banjara tribe, a largely unreached people group of Gypsies; here they gratefully hold up Bibles as they wait to be baptized.
“With you here, we do not have to spend our time traveling the world seeking support,” the leader told our staff. “We can stay where we are and preach the gospel to those who never have heard.”
This is just what my husband, Dr. Bob Finley, founder of Christian Aid Mission, has said for more than 60 years.
‘Stay Home and Do What You’re Called to Do’
“Don’t spend your time traveling to raise support for your work,” my husband told men like Bakht Singh of India and Prem Pradhan of Nepal, who spread the gospel among many tribes in their countries.
“Stay home and do the work God called you to do, and we will do the work of raising support here where God’s treasury is.”
He understood the necessity of indigenous missions to fulfi ll the Great Commission and the role of those who hold God’s treasury in developed nations.
Who can traverse the hidden pathways to the most remote peoples? Who can penetrate the darkest corridors of earth with the light of the gospel? Who can speak the language right now, without months or years of training? Who knows the culture and can mingle with neighboring tribes? Whom has God strategically placed all over the world?
People who live there, who are indigenous to the land.
God has blessed us with earthly treasure, that we may bless those who are bringing heavenly treasure to all nations. As we lay up treasure in heaven by supporting native missionaries working in impoverished lands and areas of persecution, we join them in the harvest fields.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Our resources go with them to engage the unengaged; our prayers reach with them to reach the unreached. To feed the poor; to care for the widow and the orphan; to shelter the refugee; to place a Bible into the hands of those who never have seen His Word.
I want to invite you to join us for our chapel meetings any Wednesday at 11 a.m. You’ll hear the compelling testimonies of these precious native gospel workers. When you hear their stories everything changes. When you see the price they are willing to pay for desperate souls to know the Lord Jesus, you’ll receive heavenly treasure as the Lord touches your heart.
Let us know you’re coming and we’ll have lunch ready for you. You can share a meal with the ones giving their testimonies and ministry reports. You can sit with those ministering among the poorest and most unreached people on earth—those for whom we fervently pray, who are awakening the dawn in the deepest, darkest places, to see the return of the Lord.
To them you are like “hidden riches of secret places” (Isaiah 45:3) and the marvelous answer to their prayers.
Thank you for your “yes” to the Lord.
Until there is a people for His name in all nations,
P.S. Call Ivy (434-977-5650) to let us know you’re coming to a Wednesday 11 a.m. chapel meeting, and she’ll make sure to set a place for you to eat with some of the
most beautiful servants of our Lord Jesus.
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