From Our President
Sowing Seeds for Eternity
Dear Co-worker in Christ,
When I think of the way you give to indigenous missions through Christian Aid, I think of a gardener sowing seeds in the most fertile soil. I think of a wise planter, envisioning the day of harvest, yet patient enough to watch the seeds grow—to water and nourish the tender shoots—much as the Lord does with our own lives.
When I consider your gifts, I think of an investor in God’s Kingdom. And just as an abundant harvest comes from seeds sown in good soil, so does eternal fruit abound from eternal sowing and investing.
This is God’s mission. All who work with us on our staff are missionaries and Kingdom sowers, like you, giving every day to advance the gospel among every tribe, tongue and nation.
Our Lord Jesus spoke plainly of seeds scattered along the path, among the rocks, beneath the sun, and amid the thorns. The plants may quickly sprout, yet they are just as swiftly snatched up, or they wither in shallow soil, scorching heat, and choking cares.
But seeds sown in good soil produce a harvest according to the riches of the glory of the Lord.
“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold,” the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 13:8.
When you join us in sowing into God’s vision through Christian Aid, you are sowing to gain a harvest of 30-, 60-, or 100-fold!
One example of a Kingdom Sower making incredible, fervent sacrifice for the Lord’s mission is Paul Ide of Arizona. He was convinced of Christian Aid’s vision of indigenous missions as he read the literature of our founder, Dr. Robert Finley. The faithful supporter, who served in the Peace Corps as a young man, said he has no plans to retire from his work because he would rather keep his mission support at the same level. He has a big mission poster on his office wall to remind him what life is really all about.
There are unreached souls and nations in the balance, and the Lord Jesus is returning for a people from every tribe and tongue—a radiant, worshiping witness from every nation.
Another donor served on an overseas mission team for many years and now gives to indigenous ministries through Christian Aid. Native missionaries are the key to reaching the remaining unreached people groups, going where no westerner can go.
Around the world, God’s Kingdom is advancing as native missionaries carry the gospel to those who have never heard, no matter the cost. The hungry receive bread—both spiritually and physically. The sick receive medicine, prayer and healing. Those in darkness see the glorious light of Christ as the spiritual veil lifts. The unreached hear because a native missionary rode his bicycle to show the Jesus film and preach the gospel. Village chiefs are baptized. New believers grow and train to plant churches. Refugees, free to seek the true and living Lord Jesus outside their country, fi nd a home in the shelter of His wings as gospel workers bring food and Bibles.
But investors need to know the lasting impact of the gospel piercing the darkness.
What happens when a native missionary boldly proclaims the gospel where it’s never been preached? A whole village can turn to the Lord. Children are nourished through feeding programs, education and Bible clubs. They’re swept off the trash heaps and given a safe haven. Young women learn to sew, saving them from a horrid life trapped in the sex trade, where they literally sell their precious bodies for bread. Now they can sell garments. Marriages are restored as new believers engage in the Scriptures. Hearts change. Those who encounter the Lord begin to reach neighbors still in darkness. Addictions are broken in the powerful name of Christ Jesus.
A generation calls on the name of the Lord.
What happens when abandoned children from various tribes are raised in a prayer house doubling as an orphanage? These future native missionaries may return to their tribal communities with the transformational message of the cross. The rejected find acceptance, love, and hope in the arms of their heavenly Father, and they grow to be about their Father’s business.
A fragrance of worship and prayer rises where there was no witness for the Lord. And the body of Christ grows closer to the fulfillment of the Great Commission Harvest.
This is the good soil worthy of our sowing. This is prime ground for eternal investments. May you see a glorious harvest of souls as you join God’s mission at Christian Aid. To give to our vision fund, just make a note on the response card.
Until there is a witness for our Lord in every nation,
P.S. Enclosed with the April Prayerline calendar is a list of those who are now with the Lord, but who loved Christian Aid and asked their friends and family to give in their memory to support indigenous missions. We are so thankful for these legacy gifts.
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