Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Reach, Teach & Multiply for Christ
Missions, world wide ministries, Facebook integration, living for Jesus.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 19 – 20 E.S.V.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. ACTS 1:8 E.S.V.
Missions – Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all called to missions. To give, to pray, and to go. How far we are called to go is the question. Some are called to their village, their city, across the street. Others are called to new locations within their land or even across the world. But again, all believers are called to carry the gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world which desperately needs to know the hope found in our wonderful Savior.
It is my burden that the American church, the most prosperous group of believers in the history of mankind, is not doing enough to advance the kingdom of God around the world. I believe there are likely many Christians who do not know a single missionary. And, even if they do, how often are they in contact? Do we realize what missionaries do? Are we aware that many are laying down their lives every day in areas which are not friendly to Christians? Do we believe that prayer works? Do we? Are we praying for missionaries by name every day? Shouldn’t we be?
These are the questions I wrestle with. These are the issues that I believe God will partially address through About Face Missions. We want to connect you with missionaries and foreign pastors doing Gods work around the world. Through the marvels of modern communication and the phenomenon known as Facebook, it is easily possible for you to get to know and be in contact with these men and women of God in real time. Millions of us access Facebook day in and day out. Why not commit to praying for your ministry partner every day? Why not sacrifice occasionally and give as you are able to help meet that ministries needs? Many of the handful of ministries already part of AFM are living in abject poverty. God convicts me that it is a crime for me to carelessly waste resources that He has blessed me with on myself with $5.00 cups of coffee and lottery tickets and college football games that cost hundreds of dollars while my brothers in Christ suffer needlessly.
The joy that many members have shared with me in being able to get to know our partners in our first four months of existence has been incredible. Some of us are learning to skip a meal or eat in occasionally and apply that small sum of money to help one who really needs it. Three of our partners are seeing souls accept Christ faster than we can supply bibles. Our small group is literally not able to keep up. Praise the Lord! This is a good problem to have and one that is easily solvable. We simply need more committed Christians and this is why we have moved beyond simply existing on Facebook to launching this website.
I would love to have you be part of us if you will make one simple commitment. To pray for the missionary or pastor every day. All of you cannot give. That is ok. Many of you can. If you are like the 30 – 40 (about 40%) of our small group who have given something (some as small as $5.00), you will soon find that it is as big a blessing to give and see those resources put to use for eternal purposes as it is to receive. In reality, it’s more exciting to give than to receive. Absolutely no pressure is ever going to be put on people to give, at least by AFM. I cannot speak for God because I know that He expects those who are blessed to bless. We hope to continue adding Christians and continue adding ministries. We want to impact God’s kingdom around the world through prayer and support in this very unconventional way. We believe God birthed this ministry and we are out to make much of Him. At this point, AFM has no employees and no overhead. David Shelton and I work full time jobs and invest our spare time and 100% of what is given is passed through to the ministries.
So, this is About Face Missions. I make no apologies for challenging people to pray and give as they are able. I do not think many will argue that we have become an incredibly materialistic nation. What’s more, we are an incredibly materialistic church. This issue hurts my heart. Some day we will answer for it and I have been guilty as well but I will never be so again. Most Americans are blessed far more than we know and, as you get to know some of our partners, this will become quickly evident.
Caveat - I am a work in progress myself and do not pretend to speak as one who has arrived. I have struggles of my own but, after many wasted years of marginal Christian living, I have gone all in and am experiencing an excitement and purpose in life that I have never known. I would love to have you join us if what we are doing sounds appealing to you. Regardless of your choice, may our big and powerful God bless richly as you continually commit yourself to Him.