Thursday, September 25, 2014

Until He Comes

In Matthew 24:6-8, the Bible says, “6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

It is amazing how these verses out of Matthew sound like the evening news report we are hearing on a daily basis.  Why do Christians in Iraq and Iran continue to be slaughtered as a result of their faith?  How can the leaders of some nations starve, torture, and kill their own people as they do in Syria.  Who will be a light to those enslaved to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam?  I have long given up asking God why such heinous, demonically-induced activities are happening in this world.  The truth of the matter is that until the enemy is destroyed, these things will not only continue to happen, but also continue to escalate in frequency and intensity.  Why would anyone in their right mind leave the borders of the United States to go to these kinds of places?  If we’re going to go, at least wait until everything calms down, right?  Unfortunately, things will never “calm down.”  The work of the enemy will never cease to destroy people through false religions, wars, starvation, sickness, poverty, or any other way he can kill them and claim them for eternity.   The devil is real, but so is Jesus. 

GI President, Jonathan Haward in the Philippines

In the above picture, I am standing in a remote village in the Philippines.  Within a day of our outreach there, we saw 75 souls saved.  We go because Jesus commanded us to go.  We go because it is not an equal battle—although we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness, our Savior is not on equal terms with our adversary.  God has already crushed the enemy, and will ultimately crush him for eternity.  We go, because the Holy Spirit has empowered us to go.  To see lives, families, communities, and even nations transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  No single agency can solve all the problems in a country—but God can.  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).  We go because God’s power is real, lives can be rescued from an eternity in hell, and we will not stop reaching the unreached until He comes.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Life Without Jesus

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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Your support will help us bring the Gospel to the unreached, food the the hungry, medical treatment and prayer to the sick, training to indigenous leaders, and provide ministry to children so we can win more people into the Kingdom for Jesus.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Miracles Still Happen

I always tell the people on the mission teams I lead that the Bible comes alive on the mission field.  Many Christians have grown up reading about Jesus and the Disciples going town to town, village to village, praying for the sick, feeding the people, preaching the Gospel, living on nothing, feeling the sting of those who are hostile against the teachings of Jesus, and trusting the Father for everything.  The next thing they know, they’re on a Global Infusion mission team, walking through some of the most remote villages in the world, preaching the Gospel, praying for the sick, seeing in person how Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims treat Christians in countries outside the USA, and then trusting God for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.

I recently returned from the Philippines where we went into a remote village to preach, pray for the sick, facilitate a VBS for kids, hand out backpacks full of supplies for the children, give out shoes, and feed 50 people.  We could only get enough chicken to feed 40 people because there is a chicken shortage in the nation.  We spent the day ministering, and without realizing it until the end, we had fed close to 300 people, and yes, there was food left over.  I would like to say that our team labored and toiled in prayer, standing in faith that God would multiple the food, but honestly, we were simply doing our assigned ministry jobs for the day while it was happening.  We were just loving people, praying for them, teaching them the Word of God, giving out basic necessities, and feeding them as they stood in line.

In Ephesians 3:20-21, the Bible says, “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.”

God takes care of every situation, especially when we are walking in obedience, and being diligent to follow Him, focusing more on others than ourselves.  He will do more than we could ever imagine, and it is He who gets the glory.  The greatest miracle of all is still salvation, of which we saw close to 100 while in the Philippines.  But every once in a while, God allows us to see, and be a part of His supernatural power and presence. 
Miracles. Still. Happen.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Earth, As It Is In Heaven

I have heard many sermons on the Lord’s Prayer.  I have probably prayed it a thousand times or more.  In my humble opinion, it is easily the deepest, thought-provoking, powerful, and amazingly, most concise prayer I have ever read.  Immediately following the acknowledgement of God being our Father, Jesus says, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:10).  We say and pray this verse, but what does it actually mean?  Various prophetic and end-times chapters in books like Daniel, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Revelation talk about the future of God’s kingdom, but what about now?  Your (God’s) will be done, right here on Earth, right now, as it is in Heaven.

God’s kingdom does not lack resources, nor does it operate on the same time schedule as we do.  God is also omnipotent, all-powerful, and He works through us (Acts 17:28).  In John 14:12, Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”  What would you do if money, time and power were all yours?

In the last two months, Global Infusion launched 10 different mission teams into the nations of the world.  Most of our missionaries went to unreached areas.  Thousands of people heard the Gospel, many were saved.  Hundreds who were hungry were fed.  Disabled orphans were cared for.  Children were not only loved and played with, but they heard about Jesus; some for the first time.  The chains of sin and deception in countries that are dominated by Hinduism, Animism, Buddhism, Tribalism, Atheism, and even Communism, were broken off of many people, because they heard the Truth, and the Truth set them free.

If Heaven is place where those who were lost but found exist, and there is no more hunger, there are no more orphans, and the enemy has been defeated, then we must use every waking minute and resource to see God’s will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.  Pray today about supporting Global Infusion.  More monthly partners will allow us to reach the unreached, provide for the poor, help the homeless and disabled, see the Gospel go into the hearts of children, and transform the Earth by His power and love.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What If It Was Me?

Imagine opening your eyes one morning, you look at the ceiling to see a roof made of banana leaves.  You roll over, stand up, and look down to see the dirt floor you have been sleeping on.  You step outside your hut to see your Mom making breakfast: rice.  The same meal you ate yesterday.  Hopefully, if your Dad catches some fish today, you’ll have something other than rice to eat.  But you’re thankful, the fish are plentiful now, so you’ll probably be eating twice a day instead of once.  You wonder what today holds—you would like to go to school, but you don’t have the supplies—maybe you’ll walk all those miles to that tiny room they call a “school” just to see some of your friends.  Although it’s rainy season, which makes the walking harder, especially with no shoes.  Never mind, school is boring—the teacher is always sick anyway.  The last one died of some strange disease.  At least you won’t get that disease, your parents are Animists, and fear evil spirits, and do all those crazy rituals to keep sickness away—because if you ever did get sick, the nearest medical facility would take almost a week to reach on foot.

This isn’t story time.  This is reality for many people around the world.  Poor, sick, uneducated, hungry, and lost without Jesus.  This month alone, Global Infusion has 6 mission teams active in the field.  They will be in Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and for the first time ever, GI has a domestic team operating in the United States.  We have many more trips coming up, full of people who have asked themselves, “What if it was me?”  What if it was me, or you, growing up in a village that provided no hope for tomorrow, the future or eternity.  Would I want someone to come and help feed my family, put me in school, or tell me about Jesus.

This summer, one of the mission trips I will be leading is a GI mission team to the Philippines.  The story described above is not uncharacteristic of a typical villager.  We will be traveling to remote areas to distribute food, school supplies, and preach the Gospel.

Please pray for our team, and all of our other GI teams.  I also strongly encourage you to consider supporting our Philippines outreach.  The more we raise, the more families we can feed, the more children we can provide school supplies for, and the more people we can reach with the  Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Life is a Miracle

In the midst of all the testimonies we receive from the mission field, one in particular stood out to me this past month.  We had a Global Infusion team ministering to a small, remote, and impoverished village in Northern Guatemala.  They facilitated a daily kids outreach, provided iron-fortified rice and other food to the villagers, put on a medical clinic, and held an outdoor evangelistic service that brought the whole village together.

During the medical clinic, where over 100 families were seen and treated, one young pregnant lady went into labor.  The medical staff our team had with them thought about sending the mother in one of the teams’ vehicles to the nearest hospital— but that journey would take hours.  Fortunately, our contacts had arranged for midwives to be present.  They are trained in helping with births occurring in villages (no formal medical facilities).  They quickly brought the mother to a small hut, and as delivery started, they noticed the baby was being born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

We are happy to report that the midwife safely delivered the baby and he is alive and healthy.  It is amazing to me, that in all of our intense work around the world to reach the unreached, minister in closed countries, feed the hungry, and strive to help thousands of people, God used one of our teams to help bring a life into this world.

Life is a miracle.  Jesus told us that He came to bring us life.  On the surface, it would seem tragic for this baby to be born in such a poor village, but Psalms 10:17 says, “Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.  Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.”  With the help of our teams, and the growing team of indigenous Guatemalans working together, we are literally seeing this village transformed.  When we bring Jesus, we bring life, because He is life.

Continue to pray for and support Global Infusion as we have more than a dozen mission trips coming up in the next few months.  We will be going into all the world bringing life to the broken, hurting and unreached through Jesus Christ.
So that none may be lost,

Jonathan Haward, President
Global Infusion 

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.