Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Believe and Be Baptized (100th post)


Imagine living in a village on the side of a mountain—specifically, in the Himalayas.  Every day you open your door, you can see virtually the entire village, and they can see you.  People live a simple lifestyle.  To be there, is like being in an IMAX movie, as you are surrounded by majestic mountains.  Everything seems perfect to an outsider, except for one thing—you are the only Christian, and you are surrounded by hundreds of people who are not.
 

Today is a special day, because you will be baptized by a Christian Pastor who is traveling to your village.  Why is that important?  Because until you go down to the river where the entire village can see you get baptized, they still think you are a Buddhist, or a Hindu.  The moment you are baptized, they will all see, and know, that you have denounced the local religion, and become a Christian—and then your life will change.

In Mark 16:16, Jesus says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”  Baptism is not required for entry into Heaven, but in most cultures, it marks a turning point in life.  Many believers around the world are not baptized in the safety of the four walls of a church.  They do it outside, where everyone can see them—and usually, those people will make their life more difficult because of that decision.

Global Infusion Team Nepal (Annapurna Base Camp, 14K feet)

The Global Infusion medical mission team I just led to Nepal trekked 60 miles through the Himalayan mountains.  We treated over 375 patients in multiple villages—with the exception of a handful of believers along the way, these villages are 100% Buddhist or Hindu.  We shared the Gospel, we prayed for hundreds, we fed an entire village and our contact and his Pastor assigned to that region now have more influence.  Believing and being baptized, as Jesus commanded, is not an easy or flippant decision in areas of the world like this.  It could mean a person’s life—both the difficulty of having your entire village against you, or worse. 

Pray for the people of Nepal.  That the unreached will be reached, and the believers will be protected.

Jonathan Haward, President
Global Infusion

Watch this video from the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finish the Job



I have noticed in life that many people have the ability to start something, but very few have the ability to sustain it or finish it.  Jesus knew that zeal can be fleeting, but endurance takes resolve.  In Luke 14:28, Jesus poses the question,

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?”

A true vision has the end in mind as much as the beginning.  Without a target or goal, people can become easily distracted or confused.  Global Infusion does not arbitrarily send our mission teams to places around the world in hopes of doing good things for God.  We understand the vision of the contact, whom God has called and anointed to reach their nation for Christ, and enact a plan of preparation to serve them and their vision.

Pictured: Past GI Nepal trekking team
Mission:  Medical, Evangelism, Church Planting
Location:  Base Camp, Mt. Everest
(Elevation:  18,000 ft)

This month marks the sending out of the first of more than 25 GI mission teams planned for 2015.  Team Nepal will be trekking into the Himalayas, facilitating medical clinics, and opening the door for evangelism.  We are doing this because our contact of many years has a vision to plant churches in this region.  It is an area saturated with Buddhism, and Christianity is almost non-existent.  This is not the first trekking team GI has sent to the Himalayas, nor will it be the last.  We will continue to go until churches have been planted and established.  We will go while there still remains a need for evangelism, discipleship and training.  We will go to meet physical needs.  We will go until the unreached have been reached.  We will continue to send our mission teams and long-term GI missionaries into each of the 18 nations (and counting) where we work.  We will go until the job is finished.

When is the job finished?

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  
-Jesus (Matthew 24:14)


Monday, January 26, 2015

I Believe



I have to believe.  I have to believe that miracles still happen.  When I see extreme poverty, politically oppressed people, nations dominated by a false-religion, it is easy to lose hope.  When I see the desperate need that our world has for a Savior, it is going to take a lot of miracles to see revival and transformation.  The good news, is that Jesus Christ is a miracle-worker.


So far, Global Infusion already has over 20 mission teams scheduled to go out all over the world in 2015.  We are determined to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are determined to help those in our path who are needing the basic essentials of life:  food, clothing, medical care, a safe place to live, education.  We are determined to plant and build churches in the remotest of villages so the unbelievers can see a physical representation of the Gospel every morning the sun rises.  We are determined to disciple and strengthen the indigenous Christian believers, leaders and Pastors—it is they who will spread the Gospel long-term.  The task is formidable, but I believe we can do it.


I believe we can reach hundreds and thousands of people with the Gospel and see them brought into the Kingdom of God.  I believe, because God is able, He is powerful.  I believe we can do it because we have many world-changing GI missionaries and teams about to be launched into the world.


Pray for us.  We need a tremendous covering of prayer as we go into Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Far East, Central and South America.  We also need more monthly financial supporters.  We could do so much more and reach more people with more resources.  I ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner with Global Infusion.  Your giving will help change the world for Jesus.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” 
-Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Treasure



There is something very special about the Christmas season.  Just the mention of the word can bring back memories of joy, as well as anticipation of what the upcoming Christmas will bring.  Why is that, I wonder?  I believe joy is not found in just the act of giving and receiving, but the purpose and result of giving and receiving.



Peru (South America): 
GI team treated almost 500 patients, fed hundreds, 
and reached people with the Gospel in the Andes mountains


We give because giving has a purpose.  It makes life better, in some way, for another person.  The result is that a need has been met, and that brings joy.  We receive for the same reason, there is a purpose.  We have a need, and someone else fulfills that need.  The result:  joy.

The Bible says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


Guatemala (Central America): 
In 2014 GI team fed 250+ families a 1-month supply of food, saw salvations, 
and reached out to hundreds more in the remote areas of the country


The world is in need of a Savior.  More and more each year, the West tries to remove Christ from Christmas.  That is saddening, but also motivating.  It is one reason why Global Infusion sends out team after team, to saturate the world with the life-giving love, power and salvation of Jesus Christ.  We give of ourselves because there is a purpose.  There are too many people who have not heard of Jesus, and they need to hear.  We give away food, medicine and medical care, provide clothes, shoes, Bibles, build churches, and much more.  These are the needs, and we do our best to meet them.  Ultimately, people need Jesus, and if we can lead them to Him through these tangible means, then it is all worth it.


Philippines (Asia): 
GI team saw almost 100 people saved, fed 300+, 
handed out backpacks and school supplies to 300+ kids


Souls are lost, so we must reach them.  This is our purpose.  Souls are won on earth, but the result is eternal life in heaven.  This Christmas, realize in all the giving and receiving, the only thing you will ever see in heaven, are the souls that have been won for Jesus.  That, is true treasure.



Islamic Nation (Middle East): 
GI team reached out to 200+ widows, fed them, lived in the Sahara and 
ministered to Bedouins, as well as Sudanese refugees, 
and impoverished people living in a trash city


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tangible



A few weeks ago, Global Infusion's first team to the country of Peru landed back in the United States.  By the grace and favor of God, we had a phenomenal trip.  Our contacts work deep in the Andes Mountains, ministering in unreached villages, and to impoverished people.  At Global Infusion, we strive to reach the unreached.  Very rarely do we stay in the capital cities.  Most of the time, you will find GI teams in the mountains, deserts, jungles and remote areas of the countries we are working in, and Peru was no exception.  PERU VIDEO


After flying through Lima, and on into the Andes, our team ventured out to 5 remote sites.  Since we had medical professionals on the team, we were able to facilitate clinics at every site, and saw almost 500 patients.  We prayed for each of them, we fed hundreds, we held both planned and impromptu services, and saw people receive Jesus for the first time.

Altimeter shows this village at 12,981 feet
  
The world is too big, and there are too many lost people for us to go where people are saturated with the Gospel.  One village we were in was at more that 12,000 feet, and some people walked up to 6 hours to see one of our nurses.  They have no government help, no regular access to medicine or doctors, no church, no Pastor, no Gospel.  Most of them have to grow whatever they need to eat, which sounds fine, until there are no crops and they find themselves hours from the closest city and no money to buy anything.  We also worked in a village that is rampant with abuse, where women and children are beaten almost daily.


In these seemingly hopeless situations, I can gladly report that we saw change.  Additionally, our contacts have more than a “follow-up” plan, they have a strategic vision to reach these areas regularly, plant churches, build long-term relationships, and bring in as many GI teams as they can so that their area of Peru is transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.  We can send our prayers across the seas, but there is something completely different about the tangible presence of people showing up in a destitute village proclaiming the hope of a Savior.  We thank Jesus for His faithfulness.  More souls are now in the Kingdom and we believe the spiritual atmosphere has been changed by the love and power of God. 
 



Friday, October 31, 2014

Stumbling Block



“He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”       
 Isaiah 8:14

Over the past few weeks, I led a Global Infusion medical and evangelistic mission team to our newest country site, Peru.  We lived and trekked in the Andes mountains as we worked to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Since this was our first GI trip into this nation, I did not have all the information I would normally have about our mission.  I did know one thing, that wherever we went, Jesus was at the center of all we do.  To us, He is our Sanctuary—in Him we find refuge and strength, so we willingly place Him at the forefront of every ministry outreach.  To the unreached people that we encountered, He is equally at the center of every conversation because to them, He is a stumbling block.  They either had never heard of Him, or they have voluntarily refused to accept Him as their Savior. 


Why is Jesus such a stumbling block to lost people?  Does He represent a set of spiritual and moral rules that one must follow in order to be one of His followers?  Or is it something far deeper?  From my experience, it is because we are in a spiritual war.  There is a battle for the souls of humanity, and while the end result might be obstinate rejection of Jesus, the root is the fact that a real enemy exists.  The devil has duped billions, yes billions, of people.  They believe they will get to eternity by worshiping a Hindu or Buddhist god, or by following the sayings of Muhammad.  To believe that one can pray to accept Jesus Christ and call Him ‘Lord,’ and achieve eternity with God is simply unbelievable to most people.  Unless you have physically traveled overseas into countries where a certain religion is dominating the people and culture, it is hard to visualize what I am talking about.  People literally worship idols.  They sacrifice their last dollar to appease a god.  At their core, none of them actually tolerate Christianity, even if they say so with their own mouth.  They want to go to Heaven, but they want to do it their way.  They do not realize it, but they are like Thomas—desperately crying out for truth.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.         
John 14:5-6

Thank you to those who prayed for Global Infusion and my team as we went into yet another new country, to bring the people the Truth, and His Name is Jesus Christ.  We treated 500 patients, reached several unreached villages, fed 450 people, and saw several salvations.  We praise God for this opportunity and the fruit of our trip.

Team Peru (Medical) 2014