& a Great Awakening
In the early 1990's
an especially heavy season came into my life, changing my course,
breaking my heart, and causing me to stop everything and seek the Lord.
It was His Spirit himself who did this, and I experienced a major
breaking in regards to the plastic nature of my acceptable commonplace
Christianity. During this time of crying out to God and repentance and
seeking to really meet & really know Him, He began to draw near to
me as well in a very clear way. After a time, a map of India ended up on
my wall, with a strong sense of needing to go there. He was preparing
something ahead of me that would send me reeling for years after.
I ended up leaving the
states and living with Indian believers in a 'discipleship' outreach
program under the umbrella of YWAM in Maharastra, India. During that 7
months of my life, I saw astonishing moves & works of God,
culminating in an outreach to the city of Bombay for 2½ months
involving over 1000 local believers preaching & praying on the
streets of that massive city daily. Churches were planted, souls saved,
the sick were healed, demons cast out, miracles commonplace
it all, daily, and on top of it all I really met Him, really knew Him,
and fell deeply in love with Him - the one true God. Sufficed to say it
was quite overwhelming in every regard.
Ready to stay for the
rest of my life in that 3rd world nation, living on the same level as my
fellow brothers & sisters, He made it clear that wasn't to be.
However, I did come away with exactly what He had intended - to show me
what I had been asking for all of that time before, without even knowing
it. I got to see a beautiful picture of the great sweeping of the Holy
Spirit of God across Asia. There is a massive move of God among and
around the remaining unreached peoples of the 10-40 window. He is using
what has been termed 'Native Missionaries' to reach neighboring people
groups with the gospel. These men & women of God are plain, simple
Asians unhindered by the trappings and large standard-of-living of
Christians in the west. They live on the level of their peers, they
preach the gospel, plant churches, reach the unreached. They are
accompanied by the works & wonders & power of God. They
experience the persecutions & trouble that come with following the
Lord in this manner. They are our brethren and we are deeply connected
to them whether we know it or not, if we are truly disciples of our Lord
As Romans says, "How
can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can
they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach
unless they are sent?"
and so God's immense blessing on the
western church has become clear. God has said very clearly that he has
blessed us for the purpose of being a blessing to our brethren in need
(2 Corinthians 9:6-15). The major need in the great movement of God
through Native Missionaries is an equal force of believers to send &
support these brothers & sisters. And that is us.
We do not have to miss
what God is doing, in bringing the unreached to Jesus Christ. We do not
have to come up with our own complex plans and structures to get it done
our way. We do not need to flatter ourselves in thinking that if God is
going to move, He will consult us first. Instead, this is our one, real,
big chance to take part in the last great awakening in human history. It
is our chance to wash the feet of our brethren, our chance to invest in
things that moth & rust do not destroy. It is our chance to show we
love Him because we love one another, and reap in the same measure we
sow. Here are some points to consider...
3 billion people are still considered unreached with the Gospel.
of these people are in the "10-40" window of Asia.
all resources within the western church are spent on itself.
4% of the remaining resources go to other countries already evangelized,
and towards work Other than preaching the gospel, church planting &
of one percent of our giving actually goes to reaching the unreached.
thousands of our Asian brethren are being called by God to reach the
Spirit of God is sweeping across Asia in great power. People are meeting
Jesus, and being saved from the sin & darkness they are steeped in.
book of Acts is happening many times over today, through these unknown
brothers & sisters. God is finishing the work, and this Gospel of
the Kingdom will definitely be preached to all nations & peoples as
hold the keys to sending & supporting them. We have a chance to take
part in this, we have the chance to not miss what God is doing, but to
send those who will preach, as He has ordained.
If I can leave you with
one thing, it would be this: Don't miss it, and don't miss Him. There is
no better time to live, if you are living for the right thing. The funny
thing about stepping into this is that 'a sword will pierce your own
soul too'. The very blessing we want for our own life will come from our
putting another's above our own. Remember Jesus' promise to you: "Seek
first my kingdom & righteousness, and all these other things will be
provided to you as well
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