Whenever I go out on a foreign mission trip with one of our Global Infusion teams and encounter unreached people, I am both excited, yet saddened at the same time. I am excited because I have the high honor to present the life-changing, transformational Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people standing in front of me. For most of them, it is either the first time they have heard the Good News, or the first time in a very long time. They do not have a local Pastor, or church (or churches), and usually they do not have any outside help from the government or NGO’s (non-government organizations).
|Global Infusion in an unreached village last month|
When we have brought our contact with us to these outreaches, we know that there will be proper follow-up, and a plan to establish a local body of believers in the region. This makes it exciting when people receive Jesus because we know their lives will never be the same again. Yet it makes my heart sad to look into the eyes of people 50, 60, 70 or even 80 years old and realize that they have lived decade upon decade on Earth without knowing and serving Jesus. They have never known the joy of salvation. They have not experienced the breaking of sin and bondage on their lives. They have never prayed to a Savior that loves them, can heal them, can deliver them, and can transform them. They have struggled through life making their own path, instead of the one He could have guided them through. Their ways were lower, because His ways are higher. They walked and grew weary. They ran and grew faint. They could not put ten thousand to flight. They did not have a Comforter or a Counselor. How sad.
The good news, of course, is that eternity is much longer than the 70, 80, or 90 years we live on this planet. Their earthly existence will soon be distant memory in light of the infinite years they will enjoy with the One who saved them.
|Feeding the families in the unreached village|
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, ”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” What a beautiful promise. That is why we go into all the world, especially the most remote of locations. We go so that even those finishing their journey here on earth, can experience the love and power of Jesus while they still have breath, then join Him forever in a place He has prepared for them.
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