From Our President
When You Give, They Live
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
Thank you for partnering with the work of Christian Aid Mission. When you give to God’s mission among indigenous ministries, people live.
In a season of drought, you enable desperately thirsty villagers to drink fresh, clean water from a newly-drilled well. They encounter the Living Water as native missionaries share the gospel.
In impoverished areas, where food is scarce and many may eat just a few grains of rice—and not even every day—your generous offerings help them survive. And they receive the Bread of Life.
In unreached areas across the globe, those who never have heard the message of the cross may receive everlasting life because you assist native missionaries.
I know you believe in heaven. Do you believe in hell? That sounds harsh. But we often overlook the fact that those all around us—especially in unreached areas of the world—have nothing to look forward to. No hope. No eternal life. Instead—and many don’t even know—they have eternal suffering.
Many are suffering now. We hear countless stories of those who were in bondage to darkness, depression, oppression, sin, disease, torment, terrorism, insanity, and poverty. Their testimonies of overcoming through Christ, of victory over addiction, violence, and abuse—tell the story of our glorious, Almighty God. He is the God of wonders, and nothing is too difficult for Him.
When a radiant witness of worshiping believers resounds among every tribe, the Lord will return, just as He promised in Matthew 24:14.
The work of Christian Aid is the work of life. We send support to trustworthy indigenous ministries who are laboring to expand God’s Kingdom among unreached peoples in more than 100 countries, mostly in areas of poverty and persecution.
We send our Overseas Directors to evaluate and approve the work of these ministries. And we reach out to other contacts for help in evaluating.
Our Africa division director recently visited indigenous ministries we assist in Africa. The native leaders and missionaries working among animist and Muslim tribes in largely unreached regions have determined in their hearts to give their lives for the gospel, no matter the cost. Some gospel workers have served multiple prison terms, but they are not living for their own comfort or glory.
They live for the glory of the Lord.
If they die, they die. If they live, they preach the gospel. They know heaven and hell are real. And, with the compassion and wisdom of Christ, they want to rescue as many people and tribes as possible before the Lord returns. Worthy is the Lamb of God.
The director shared stories of traveling with key native ministry leaders who hide in the shadows because, if recognized, they’ll be arrested.
“In these places, if there’s a knock at the door during worship, you hear grown men gasp and look toward the door—and you know something’s up,” he said.
He shared that the gospel goes forth in some prisons across one African nation, and every people group in that country is represented among the prisoners.
“This is a church on the way,” the director said. “I was looking out over my brothers. Men from every tribe are being discipled in the prisons. When released, they’ll take the gospel to their own people.”
He encountered a man who struggled to believe that our God sees him. The man said, “How can I believe in Someone who doesn’t even write my name in His book?”
That night the director woke up and searched the Holy Scriptures, asking the Father if this man’s name was in His book.
“I found his name twice!” he said. It felt like a miracle, but God had been the One to awaken him from his sleep. He was the One who placed the desire in the young man’s heart to be known. “I showed him his name in the Bible the next morning and he grinned with a big toothy smile. Later he gave me a big hug; that just doesn’t happen.”
But it is happening as the gospel goes forth in the most unsuspecting places through native missionaries. And your offerings are essential for saving lives.
As we believe, may we give. And as we pray through this month’s Prayerline, join me in asking the Holy Spirit to bring life through every offering. May the Living Water abound. May the Bread of Life multiply.
Until there is a Witness for Our Lord in Every Nation,
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