Friday, March 28, 2014

Conflict vs. Comfort



A Global Infusion team to the Middle East has just returned and it was a powerful trip.  The team was able to live and work among the Bedouins (unreached people) in the Sahara Desert.  We also ministered to Sudanese refugees, widows, and new believers.  We had the opportunity to teach, preach, and evangelize via live-streaming into several closed countries including Syria, Turkey, Libya, and Sudan.  Ministry in a country that is over 90% Muslim looks quite different than what you would expect.  In fact, living as a Christian in a Middle Eastern country is quite shocking to those of us who live in the West.  Their lives are truly not their own.  Once they convert or become a Christian, life at every level becomes increasingly more difficult.  Family and friends reject you.  Work is harder to find.  And the persecution is just beginning.

(Middle) East vs. West

Majed El Shafie, a muslim from Egypt that converted to Christ says “Our world is divided into two zones. A conflict zone and a comfort zone. The more that you are a Christian in the conflict zone, the more that you are under heat, you are facing the front line, you are facing persecution, you are united. The more you are in the comfort zone, that’s United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and so on and so forth, they are selfish, un-united, divided, lazy. [They] don’t want to hear about the message of persecution. They prefer the message of prosperity and healing and salvation than the message of persecution. They don’t want to touch it. They are scared to read it. They are scared to hear about it. So they don’t know [about persecution]. They are ignorant. Not all of them, but a lot of them.”

Jesus says in John 14:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Most of us will never face the kind of persecution that Majed refers to, so we must pray.  Pray that the Holy Spirit guides us with precision.  How to pray.  When to go.  And what can we do to win this world for Jesus. 










Monday, February 24, 2014

The Time is Now


The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  There is no time to waste.  Our world is blinded by the works and devices of the enemy, and they are lost without a Savior.  In verse 13, Paul goes on to write, “you are restricted by your own affections.”  People without Christ are restricted.  They are tied down by a false religion telling them to work their way out of their misery, sickness and poverty.  If you have never set foot in a country dominated by a false religion, you have not witnessed how strong the dark power of the enemy truly is over people.  Many of these people have not heard the Gospel.  Others have been told that Christianity is a lie.  They have not been exposed to true believers that love them as Christ loves them, and they are losing time.



Imagine living in a country that has had mosques since 640 A.D.  For centuries, you have been told that Jesus is not the Way, follow Mohammed instead.  This month, Global Infusion is sending a team to this Middle Eastern country to be Jesus to those who are lost without Him.  The time to reach them is now.

It’s easy to ignore problems that don’t affect us directly.  My prayer is that God will always touch my heart with the things that he has called me to do something about.  If you are reading these words, it is no accident that you know me, Global Infusion, or someone associated with our ministry.  You can be a part of reaching our world for Jesus Christ by going with us on an Infusion Adventure mission trip.  You can support our outreaches, like our current trip to the Middle East.  You can pray diligently for our teams—that they will be effective, and the vision of our contacts will flourish.  We have no time to waste, because people are dying every day without having an opportunity to know our Savior—and Global Infusion exists to change that.  globalinfusion.org

So that none may be lost,

Jonathan Haward, President
Global Infusion 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Season of Harvest



After 10 years of existence, Global Infusion is starting to see more and more returns on our investments of teams, prayer, humanitarian aid, stationing our interns around the world, and so much more.  God has been good, and I believe this is still only the beginning.

In 2013, we sent out 22 mission teams all over the world.  We saw many salvations, our teams discipled and trained new believers, and indigenous Pastors, we fed hundreds of people, we went into unreached villages with the Gospel, even to the ends of the earth, including our team to Nepal that trekked 80 miles to and from Mount Everest to reach unreached people in the Himalayan mountains!

Team Nepal at Mt. Everest's Base Camp (18,000 feet)

EGYPT.  The Land of Pharaohs.
To begin 2014, our first Global Infusion mission team will be traveling to the Middle East, and working in the country of Egypt.  95% of Egypt’s 80 million people profess to be Muslim.  Pray for our team as we go in to a very non-Christian nation to proclaim the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ.




There are many things in this world that we as Christians need to be praying for.  I humbly ask that you remember Global Infusion and all of our ministry in regular prayer throughout 2014.  Our teams and interns that are sent around the world are often faced with great challenges, but we are seeing God’s miraculous power, grace and strength overcome the attack of the enemy every time.  However, I believe God has called us to more, beginning this year.  


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In John 4:35, Jesus says, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”  The time to harvest lost souls is now.  We have a plan, ordained by God, to reach them.  We need you.  Come with us.  Support us.  Pray for us.  It is all for Him, and His Kingdom.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Season of Giving




For the countries and cultures that celebrate Christmas, in one way or another, it is known as a season of giving.  One verse that is used frequently during this time of year is Acts 20:35, “it is more blessed to give, than to receive.”  However, did you know that this verse was spoken by the Apostle Paul (quoting Jesus) near the end of his third missionary journey?  Paul was certainly not making reference to Christmas, but he was speaking to the elders of the church in Ephesus and explaining that as believers we are to “support the weak” (v. 35) as he was doing on his mission trip.

Everywhere Global Infusion teams go, we proclaim the Gospel to the lost and unreached, disciple the believer, and minister to the poor.  We give away food, Bibles, medicine, clothing, shoes, toys, and so much more.  A few weeks ago, our Global Infusion mission team to India left our contact with the only camera GI owns—which we use regularly to document our work and film videos for updates.  This camera has gone to a district leader in India that will use it to document the work he and all of his Pastors throughout the region are doing—which is vitally important for their ministry’s strategic planning efforts.


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While this may seem insignificant in the natural, it is a seed for another ministry—people we have partnered with for life that are doing everything they can to reach the unreached at any cost.  This is only a small example of what GI teams do on a regular basis.  You can help us do more and reach more people with your support.  Please consider supporting Global Infusion as we venture out into the world, as the Apostle Paul did.  We will continue to preach, and continue to give.  As Christians, our entire lives should be a season of giving, because He gave so much for us

 





Saturday, November 30, 2013

GI in Asia




INFUSION ADVENTURES: INDIA
Our November team to India has returned and we thank God for the many great testimonies from their trip.  The team held two multi-day conferences for over 100 village Pastors in two different regions of India, including the state of Orissa, which is one of the most highly anti-Christian and persecuted areas in the entire country.  The team also evangelized and held open-air services in three very remote villages that are dominated by Hinduism.  Watch the video update.




INFUSION ADVENTURES: THAILAND
Our November team to Thailand has also returned from the mission field.  This team ministered on the streets of Bangkok in some of the most intense areas of the city.  They reached out to trafficked women, prostitutes (male and female), children on the street, club owners and workers, and many others.  They also traveled to remote Thai villages to preach the Gospel, train leaders, and encourage the believers.


Thank you to all of our supporters who prayed and gave toward these trips.  We believe that many souls will now enter the Kingdom as they turn from the extreme darkness of the enemy.  Thailand and India are plagued by Hinduism and Buddhism—the enemy has blinded millions of people, but Global Infusion teams regularly infiltrate that darkness and bring the light and love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We already have more than 15 teams scheduled for 2014.  Please consider partnering with us as we bring the Good News to the world.
So that none will be lost,

Jonathan Haward, President
Global Infusion





















Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Without the Gospel



Do you believe that we owe it to our generation to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Is our salvation and knowledge of Jesus’ life-changing, transformational, supernatural power something that should be contained?

When people groups are without the Gospel, they are affected on every side.  Knowing Jesus, and knowing the truth changes your perception about everything.  Spiritual blindness does not just affect our spirit—it affects our entire being.  The truth sets people free; without it they fight alone in bondage.  With every second that goes by, there are people in this world that will face another day with Christ, and feel the onslaught of the enemy.  They will remain this way unless we, as believers, go into all the world with the Gospel.  They will live in sickness, in poverty, in depression, in hopelessness, and in danger of losing their soul for eternity unless someone proclaims the Good News to them.


It is very easy in the West to intentionally blind ourselves to the destitution the majority of our world lives in.  If we don’t think about the poor or the lost, then we do not have to do anything about it.  If we consume our days with a busy schedule, we will feel accomplished.  Activity, however, does not equal accomplishment.  We must be busy with our assignment from God, to reach a lost generation for Him, and not concern ourselves with menial tasks of the day. 

Jesus says, in Matthew 16:24-26, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  In other words, we should not pursue anything in this world that could override our desire to follow Jesus.  If we are truly following Jesus, we will soon encounter someone who needs Him.  Pray and support Global Infusion, as we follow Jesus to the ends of the earth to reach those who need Him desperately.  Also pray for our next GI teams that are being sent out in November to India and Thailand.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Syria



If you have been following the news in the last few weeks, you will know that the small country of Syria has been making big news.  There are many allegations of human atrocities that have occurred within the borders of Syria, and now the world is reacting.  Politics aside, there has been great confusion regarding the next step the United States and other countries should take.  Although it is a complicated situation, that should not prevent the ability for world leaders to provide a clear vision and direction.

When God saw the earth was corrupt, He destroyed it with a flood.  When He saw people building a tower to Heaven, He confused their languages and spread them across the planet.  When He saw the atrocities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he destroyed it with fire.  When His chosen people were held captive in Egypt, He provided the Promised Land, and leaders to get them there.  When He saw humanity being lost to sin, death, hell and the grave, He sent Jesus to save us.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one, and only Son….” (John 3:16).

There is always a Godly solution to every trial, problem and challenge, it just comes down to whether or not we humble ourselves, pray, and ask God to heal our broken land or situation.


The vision of Global Infusion is clear.  Our goal is to infuse indigenous people of foreign nations with the power and tools necessary to attain a healthier way of life for the whole person.  The majority of the world is lost, and God’s kingdom must grow.  Lost people will not be found unless someone is looking for them.  For you see, it is not the lost that must come to church, but the Church that must go to the lost.

Your involvement in Global Infusion truly touches and changes lives for eternity.  Whether you pray for us, financially support us, or go with us overseas on our mission trips, know that souls are being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.  If you are not a monthly supporter of GI, please consider partnering with us, so we can reach even more people for His Kingdom.