From Our President
Who Can Resist the Giver?
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
When the Giver—the Lord—lives in you, He gives through you. He first gives to you, then through you. He knows no limits. He reaches you wherever you are and then reaches through your life to bless the needy and impoverished, both physically and spiritually. He reaches from heaven. He reaches across oceans and continents. He can reach the highest mountain, the deepest basin, the smokiest trash heap, the most violent city, and the shadowy jungles. He understands the intellectual, the illiterate, the orphan, the widow, the leper, the refugee, and the terrorist.
He reaches wandering souls, no matter where they are. He encounters both the dignified and the desperate, and He uses people with yielded lives, ready to respond to His awesome leadership.
Who can resist His voice? Who can resist the Holy Spirit, the Giver, when He wants to reach and give through you?
A Boy Who Said Yes
Malachi, a 9-year-old boy, could not resist the Lord’s prompting to give. But how could he give? He hadn’t much money. Still, when the Lord moved upon his heart, the boy responded. He wrote a letter to his friends and family at Christmas and raised $1,200 to send to Christian Aid Mission to help reach unreached refugees in the Middle East. He was just 9, but God used him.
The Giver gives through ordinary people. People like Mary Taylor, who started canning beans to raise money for Bibles. As others have heard of her willingness to cut back on little comforts and give so others could live, they have followed her lead. Who can resist the Giver?
Another family began renting out a room in their home and sending the earnings to help Christian Aid finish the task of the Great Commission. The Giver gives through humble, willing, everyday people who see, sometimes suddenly, the desperate need for unreached souls to hear the message of Christ’s freedom.
Reaching the Unreached
We know God’s heart is for the unreached. Our Lord Jesus’ parables in Luke 15 are all about the lost. The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son all illustrate our Father’s heart for those outside the fold.
Yet those values are not adequately reflected in our current age. Some 99.7 percent of missional activities and financial support are directed toward where the church ALREADY IS. Only 0.3 percent of resources are allocated to where the church is NOT.
Christian Aid Mission focuses on where the church is NOT. We assist native missionaries who work among persecuted, impoverished people, most of whom do not personally know a Christian.
Imagine that for just a minute: never encountering a professing Christian during your lifetime.
We who reside in North America and Europe – countries which have been profoundly and substantively shaped by Christian values – have a diffi cult time comprehending this. But it is a reality for 40 percent of the world’s population. For example:
- 4,000 language groups have no Bible.
- 3,100 people groups have no missionary.
- 67 percent of the world’s population are oral learners.
- 3.5 billion Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus are without Christ.
Your support to Christian Aid Mission helps us in the fight to end gospel poverty.
Our hope and prayer is that God will provide an additional $1 million this year to enable us to continue assisting indigenous missionaries that are establishing a witness for Christ among all peoples. Please consider supporting Finishing the Task Fund (098FTT) as you prayerfully plan your giving. We have more opportunities to reach unreached peoples than we have resources to respond. His provision flows through your generosity.
And He cannot resist a giving heart.
We stand ready to help you. Please call us at 434-977-5650 and ask how we can help you make your gift to Christian Aid Mission today.
Thank you for your part in reaching the world for Christ. We could not do it without you. And our Lord—the Giver—chooses to give to and through you.
Until there is a witness for our Lord in every nation,
PS Thank you for your generous gift to help us reach our goal of an additional $1 million this year so we can continue identifying, evaluating, and assisting indigenous ministries that are FINISHING THE TASK.
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