Friday, July 31, 2015

Building the Wall



I often find in 1st-world countries that we have a tendency to strive for self-sufficiency.  We say we rely on God, but we also rely on lawyers for legal needs, doctors and hospitals for physical needs, banks for loans, financial planners for retirement, psychiatrists and psychologists for mental or emotional needs, and government services for everything else.  Of course none of these people, professions or institutions are inherently bad, but they collectively provide a solid insulation for us against anything that could harm us our impede our own personal wants and desires. 

This is not the case for the majority of the world.  Who do you turn to when there is no doctor or hospital, no lawyer to defend you, you make $1-$2 per day, and you live under a corrupt government that does absolutely nothing for you?

GI team in Guatemala this month giving food to families who earn $2/day picking coffee



In the Old Testament, when Nehemiah was overseeing the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem, he and his workers faced an onslaught of ridicule, sabotage and even physical attacks.  They were outnumbered in the natural, but Nehemiah reminded them, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall.  Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:19-20)

50+ families fed a 1-month supply of food by GI team this month

Our God will fight for us.  What a challenging thought!  Realizing that there is no possible way to overcome the circumstances you are in, so you declare and believe that God is your only hope.  This is the way our Global Infusion contacts around the world live.  They don’t have unlimited resources or access to help—they place all their trust in God, and encourage everyone else to do the same.  When the wall was finally finished, Nehemiah said, “all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” (Nehemiah 6:16)


Global Infusion has the task of reaching the unreached, ministering to the poorest of the poor, and our challenge is formidable, but God will fight for us.  Prayerfully consider supporting us as we go into all the world to reach the lost and the poor.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Heart of a Pastor

Global Infusion relief team in Nepal after the Earthquake

It doesn’t take long for the world to forget major events.  Only a few weeks ago, all eyes were focused on the tiny country of Nepal after a devastating earthquake took the lives of almost 9,000 people.  Now, it hasn’t been on the news in days, and the fundraising requests to help the relief and recovery on social media have disappeared.
 
GI Team distributing food to Earthquake victims

Global Infusion had a team there post-earthquake, and the Team Leader volunteered to stay the entire summer.  We sent funds so that the team could distribute hundreds of pounds of food, as well as bedding and mosquito netting for those who survived the earthquake, but have no home.  We also have plans to send more teams this year and next. 


While relief work is needed, and appreciated, what is needed the most is a Pastor.  Someone who will love the people beyond handing out food.  Someone who cares for their eternal soul.  Someone who’s heart is broken because the people are worshipping false gods.  Someone who will dedicate their life to reaching the lost and care for their families.

Pictured: Bishwa (GI Contact) facilitating food distribution

Meet Bishwa.  Our Nepal contact.  He and his wife, Ramila, are both highly educated, yet have made the decision to reach, love, and care for the people of Nepal.  They are determined to see the people turn from their delusional worship of Buddha and the gods of Hinduism, and worship the One, true God.  Immediately following the earthquake, they did not run from harm’s way, rather, they ran into it—locating survivors and doing everything they could to help.  But while the world will forget the people of Nepal, Bishwa and Ramila will not.  Why?  Because they have the heart of a Pastor.  Pastoring doesn’t require a building, or preaching once a week on a Sunday morning.  Pastoring means loving people because God loves them.  It means reaching out to them in spite of their unbelief.  It means long after the relief workers leave, the long, arduous task of rebuilding begins, and you are right in the center of it.  Not only rebuilding communities, but rebuilding lives by leading them to Jesus Christ. 

These are the type of men and women with whom Global Infusion works with year after year.  Pray for them.  Pray for Nepal.  Support Global Infusion.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Earthquake



In less than 2 minutes almost 10,000 people lost their lives.  Many of you have heard and seen the news on the earthquakes in Nepal.  Saturday, April 25 started out like any other day for the people in Nepal, but thousands were about to face eternity.


Whenever I hear of major tragedies and disasters like this, I ask myself whose population just increased by 10,000?  Heaven or hell?   Our contact and close friend in Nepal says that close to 97% of his country is either Hindu or Buddhist, so I think I know the answer to my own question.


Then I think, what if we had sent more missionaries and teams into this tiny country?  What if more people said “yes” to the call of missions?  What if the indigenous Christians were fully resourced and covered in prayer?  Would 97% of those who died be in hell right now?

  
In Luke 21:8-11, Jesus says “8 Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Jesus said these things would happen, but more importantly, He said do not be deceived.  Up until a few weeks ago, most of the country of Nepal was devoted to Satan, who masks himself as Hindu and Buddhist gods.  Let’s pray and work together to reach this country for Jesus, so the people are no longer deceived.


Global Infusion currently has a relief team in Nepal, and we have plans to send more teams this year and next.  If you would like to support the relief effort in Nepal, we will make sure that 100% of your donation goes directly to the mission field.  This also opens up the doors of ministry for our contact, his ministry team, and GI teams.

 Under "Designate my Donation" select 
"NEPAL: Earthquake Relief"


Friday, April 24, 2015

Found


Global Infusion:  TEAM NEPAL 2015

One of the greatest feelings in the world is to find something you have lost that was either valuable monetarily, or valuable in personal significance.  We have just celebrated Easter, and most of us have thought more about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus more than other times of the year.
 
Could you imagine being one of the women who went to visit the tomb, only to find out that the person you lost to death was not there, but had risen from the dead?   

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”  Matthew 28:5-6 (NKJV)

Global Infusion:  TEAM MIDDLE EAST 2015

Last month, Global Infusion had 4 different mission teams out bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to some of the most remote and unreached places on the planet.  From the mountains of the Himalayas, to deep in the Middle East, to some of the most destitute areas of Central America, our teams reached the unreached.  I am always amazed to watch the reactions of people who hear about Jesus for the first time.  It is like they have found what they have been searching for their entire life.  When they accept Him as their Lord and Savior, you can literally see their countenance change.

Global Infusion:  TEAM GUATEMALA 2015

The gods I have seen people worship around the world are men who have lived, but died.  They are fictitious characters that were dreamed up (or seen in a nightmare).  They are ideas that have been passed from generation to generation, yet they are false.  However, when the name of Jesus is mentioned, the spiritual atmosphere changes.  It is Jesus, and Jesus alone that will save them.  And the irony of people “finding” Jesus, is that that they are the ones that are lost, not He.   We do not need to visit an empty tomb, because He is risen.  Instead, we must go and tell the world that the sick can be made well, the blind can see, and lost can be found.

Jonathan Haward, President
Global Infusion 

 
Global Infusion:  TEAM NICARAGUA 2015

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)