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Whose Agenda are We Following?

February 2016

Dear Friend in the Harvest,

Thank you for your investment in the lives of native missionaries. Many of you gave through our Christmas catalog. Your gifts mean everything to those on the frontlines of missions. Because of your generosity, indigenous ministries can provide pure drinking water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, clothes and blankets for vulnerable children and Bibles for new believers.

Native missionaries have no agenda of their own; they live for the agenda of the One they serve. And they serve the ones He places before them. They would do this without our help, but with help they can do so much more for the poorest and most unreached people in the world.

Like these native missionaries we surrender our own desires to align with God’s perfect will. We want nothing more than His agenda. Join us in asking: Whose agenda are we following?

God has a Plan

Consider the testimony of a missionary who recently visited Christian Aid Mission.

Brother Wind thought Christians had halos, but as a young man from a Communist family in China, he quickly saw that wasn’t the case. Instead, Christians had joy, pure, lavish and undefiled. And whatever the cost, he wanted that joy.

The 21-year-old had just left his country in search of capitalism. He had his own agenda: to make as much money as he could after growing up in an oppressive society where the government had an agenda for every life, including his. Leaving his parents at the border, he flew to Canada to live his dream. But the Lord met him at a Christian conference, and everything changed.

Eight hundred young people were worshiping the Lord Jesus with joyous smiles. Brother Wind wanted what they had. When the altar call came, he ran to the front. He had to know the Master of these Christians. But a second altar call beckoned those ready for fulltime ministry. Though he didn’t fully understand what it meant, Brother Wind now was singing with the throng: “I have decided to follow Jesus—no turning back, no turning back.” He went forward and gave his life for fulltime ministry.

“I came to North America with my own agenda,” the indigenous Chinese ministry leader said at a Chapel meeting. “I was going to make money and be a physician. But the joy of the Lord caught me. At 21, I heard, ‘no turning back.’ So I started asking the Lord, ‘How do I live forward?’”

Soon married, Brother Wind entered Bible school. Upon graduation he and his wife went to minister in a Latin American nation with 100,000 Chinese people and yet no church among them. The couple served for seven years, planting a church in every major city with a Chinese population. But then the Lord changed their direction again. Soon they would return to China.

“We knew there was a great move of God in the house churches in China,” he said. “But it was difficult. There were big buildings all around and Christians were like little mice underground.”

Yet God has an agenda.

The Lord asked: “Do you have your own agenda? If not, I’ll give you My agenda.”

Brother Wind answered: “I want Your agenda.”

Acts 20:24 says: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Brother Wind moves like the wind. And when the wind of the Holy Spirit blows, the native leader lets go of everything that hinders. With joy he testifies about the gospel of the grace of God among the unreached peoples of China.

One day the Lord called him to minister to youth in China. A miracle was needed to reach them. He and his team prayed for an opening, an inroad to the schools. And something happened that no one could have planned. In 2008 an earthquake shook China. Brother Wind and his team served the devastated victims of disaster until the doors of closed hearts and schools blew open. First they offered practical relief. Then they ministered through trauma counseling. Finally they were asked to counsel students in the schools.

“We were willing to serve them to the point that God opened the door,” he said.

The leader and his team still ministers to high school students through youth clubs where teens come to hear his testimony and find hope. They can barely fathom the way the leaders serve them, washing their feet. Who would wash feet?

A new generation is rising in China—a generation of servant leaders who lay down their own agenda and take up the agenda of the Servant of all. Today 70 workers are ready to go with Brother Wind to reach the youth among the indigenous minority people of China. The cost of training is $500 per worker for four weeklong sessions over a year’s time. Would you provide training for one leader to reach the youth of unreached people groups in China this year? (924RIC-02)

Thank you for partnering with Christian Aid. Pray a mighty revival sweeps across China and throughout the nations. We ask: Let His Kingdom come, and let His will be done—may His agenda be accomplished—on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

Until there is a witness for our Lord in every nation,

Cynthia Finley

P.S. Thank you for the extra gifts you sent at the end of the year for our operations. Your generous contributions help make Prayerline and other support operations possible. We praise God for you.

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