From Our President
Faith for Every Nation
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
Native missionaries live by faith. Not just for their lives but for whole tribes, peoples and nations. They hope not just for their own bowls to be filled but also to fill the bowls of heaven as described in Revelation 5:
8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Native missionaries pray the prayers that rise as a fragrant offering to the Lord—that unreached tribes and nations would be reached with the saving love, power and grace of God through Christ our Lord—the only worthy One.
Native missionaries carry faith like that of Hebrews 11:1.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
As you pray, you stand with them in faith. As you give, you become a partaker in the reward.
Your gift proclaims His Kingdom come in the nations. Your offering rises as a pleasing sacrifice overflowing the bowls heavenly elders hold before the King of Glory. Your prayers and financial gifts are faith offerings. When you give to a native worker, you enable nations to eat, tribes to worship, and lost peoples to be found in Christ alone.
Thank you for giving to Christian Aid.
When you give to Christian Aid Mission, you help native missionaries go the distance. Your gifts enable independent, indigenous, missionary ministries to gather for strategic, collaborative prayer, which unifies the body of Christ toward reaching every unreached people group.
Your gifts bolster indigenous ministries in nation after nation. You help build conference centers and training schools. You feed and clothe the poor. Some of the neediest people in the world experience the love of God because of your generosity. Your offerings also provide the initial funding for self-sustaining projects that send workers to plant churches where no church exists. The love of Christ compels them, and the Lord gives them every place they set their feet.
Pray for Refreshing
Pray with me for frontline native missionaries. They pour out their lives for the poor, the helpless, the broken, the abandoned and the refugee.
One native ministry leader in the Middle East, Joshua, shared with our staff how difficult it is for those like him who are ministering to the refugees. We focus on the terrible plight of the refugees but overlook the depressive effect this has on those helping and listening to them. He described how God’s wonder-working power lifts his spirits and enables him to keep going.
A native ministry leader in Africa, Gabriel has the same experience. We were so moved by the burdens his team carried that we took up an offering in Chapel from our staff to help his coworkers attend a counseling event so they could better cope. Another leader in the Middle East, Abu, experiences similar struggles in his work with refugees. His wife, a counselor, helps his team focus on Christ amid the storm of immeasurable needs.
These workers “weep between the porch and the altar” (Joel 2:17). They go out sowing gospel seeds with weeping, and return with a harvest, rejoicing (Psalm 126). They carry the burdens of those around them. As they intercede for the broken and feed nations by faith – they need refreshing to persevere. They’ll keep running—but let them run strong.
Your offerings to Christian Aid fuel them to the finish.
Thank you for standing with these chosen laborers in the harvest fields around the world. God chose, called, anointed and empowered them. He called us to help provide for their needs—and the needs of those they serve. And we will do this until our Lord Jesus returns, as long as He enables us, and as long as you and others join with us to finish the task.
Let us embrace the faith of those on the frontlines. Let us encourage them with our fervent prayers and support them with our sacrificial offerings. They are the voice of ones calling in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” He is coming.
Until there is a witness for our Christ in every nation,
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