Missions is great, wish you were here…

It has been unbelievable to witness the changes in the lives of new believers. Right now my wife is text-messaging a girl who is trying to walk through a rainstorm to study the Bible tonight with my wife. She’s a student at a university in this city, and she accepted Jesus as her Savior after our first Bible study a little more than two weeks ago. My wife gave her a Bible last week, and she has been reading through the book of John. At her school, they cut the dorm lights off at 10:30 at night, but she told my wife that she and another friend go outside to try to read the Bible under the nearest street light. Last week, she told all her roommates that she’s become a Christian, and they had some hard questions for her. She’s meeting with my wife tonight to learn how to answer people that ask her questions about her faith.

This girl received Christ because there was someone to tell her. If I could give one plug for missions, it would be that. If you stay home, there are people who will NOT receive Christ that WOULD have received Christ if you had gone. If that bothers you, become a missionary. If you it doesn’t bother you or you don’t believe that, stay home. But I’m in the middle of a gigantic city in China, and I have a hard time believing that God wants this city to go to Hell.

Missions is great. There’s no joy like it. I can’t explain what it feels like to see students find answers in the Bible and turn in repentance to Christ. To see them find freedom from their guilt and boldness in their new faith.

But missions is also HERE. A significant part of the value of your life comes from where you live it. Your life lived somewhere else could change the world. Ecclesiastes 10:15 says that “the labour of the fool wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” The guy works and grows lots of food, but he doesn’t know how to go to the place where he can sell what he grows. He works hard, but he doesn’t know how to go to the place his work is valuable. I wish I could show you what happens when the light of the Gospel shines in a dark country. Maybe then you could believe that your work could be more valuable in another place.

My wife’s friend made it in from the thunderstorm. In more ways than one. Missions is great, wish you were here…

6 Comments on “Missions is great, wish you were here…”

  1. wagardner July 8, 2007 at 6:39 am #

    I am so glad to see you writing like this and truly believe that it will make a difference in the number of people that will want to serve God. This is truly a great avenue to promote the cause of world missions and the Lord Jesus Christ. We love you and are praying for you.

  2. Tyler Masters July 8, 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    I’m excited about what God is doing through you over there!

    Our greatest need is for more people to do what you and your wife are doing right now.

    We love you guys and are praying for you.

  3. Sabir Ali July 9, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    Dear friend in the Lord.
    It is so great to hear about your great service in the Lord in China.. I will be praying for you and expect if you can send me your newsletter etc..
    I have really great heart for those Uighur ethnic minority in western China. I had privilege to share the word many Uighur Muslim friends.. very open and receptive…

    will love to hear more from you
    May God bless you
    In His glory

  4. Darrell July 10, 2007 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks, for the great Blog, I knew you two would do a great job. I’m praying for you daily!

  5. David Bennett August 21, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Vengador, I see you must know Austin Gardner. Praise the Lord. Did you happen to train at any time with him? I am glad to see some common denominator here due to the reply I left earlier on another of your articles. I hope you will take my request seriously. Ask Austin about me. I have asked him about you.


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