November 22, 2013
Where is God at Work?
By Brittany Tedesco
In 1948, Christian Aid founder, Bob Finley, pleaded with God that, in his lifetime, he would see believers in Nepal—an official Hindu Kingdom at that time and home to no known Christians.
Three years later, a Nepalese man named Prem Pradhan heard the gospel while away from home in India. He returned to his nation to preach Christ, and is widely recognized as the first apostle to Nepal. Not only did God answer Finley’s prayer, but He included him in the work by using Christian Aid to provide Pradhan with financial assistance. Today, the estimated number of believers in Nepal is 1 million.
India is now the eighth largest Christian nation in the world. In the past its Christian population was comprised of mainly low caste, marginalized people. Today, middle and high caste Indians are turning to Christ, adding to the 71 million believers there.
Likewise thousands of Middle Eastern Muslims are turning to Christ—many from among the Syrian refugees who are meeting local believers in nearby countries. Native missionaries in Egypt are sending word that many in their country are open to the gospel in a way they’ve never before seen.
In China, still considered an atheist country, the number of Christians has been steadily growing at a rate that has now surpassed the number of Communist Party members by a full 25 million. Though Chinese believers still face scrutiny and persecution by their government, it’s become increasingly more difficult for officials to target this growing demographic.
The entire composition of these countries is changing as people throw off the bondage of false religions and atheism for Christ the one true Savior.
Meanwhile, the composition of the United States is rapidly changing as well. According to Pew Research, the number of atheists and agnostics has been steadily rising in the United States – increasing fourfold from 1990 to 2009, from 1 million to about 3.6 million. The latest poll taken in 2012 is even more staggering with 13 million describing themselves as atheists or agnostics.
Note that an organized society of American atheists didn’t exist prior to 1963. In the last five decades, many Americans have sadly turned from the Light to embrace this godless agenda.
While native missionaries are busy planting churches in nations of poverty and/or persecution, atheists have been busy planting their own “churches” in the states—in San Diego, New York, Washington D.C., and most recently in Nashville.
A curious phenomenon, the “atheist church” model was imported from Britain and mimics the traditional Sunday morning service, acting as a social gathering place for the growing percentage of the U.S. population that identifies itself as non-believing.
While it gets darker in the United States (and other developed nations), the Light is shining in places long shrouded in darkness. A clear shift is occurring.
Matthew 24:14 is playing out before our very eyes—and God is using native missionaries to accomplish it. They are preparing the way for Christ’s return by sharing the gospel with people in their countries who’ve never before heard it.
Henry Blackaby, author of “Experiencing God,” has a saying: “Find out where God’s at work and join Him.”
Join Him, join us, in the work He’s doing through indigenous missions. The sooner all hear, the sooner He will return.