This past Friday, October 22, Laura and I had the unique opportunity to be interviewed on a podcast called "Missionary Talks with David Peach". David is a missionary to the deaf in Argentina and he is also a podcasting enthusiast. When Laura and I had returned from our one month stay in North Africa during the summer of 2008, Laura heard an interview with an MAF missionary involved in learning technologies (the ministry that we are now a part of!) After listening to that podcast interview, we sensed that learning technologies might be the ministry that was a perfect fit for the gifting and talents that the Lord had given us. Well, the rest as they say is history. Without giving too much away, here is the complete 20 minute interview with David Peach.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us
But to your name be the glory
Because of your love and faithfulness
I was listening to Chris Tomlin sing this chapter and verse on my iPod playlist during my devotional time with the Lord this week. As the words replayed in my head, I sang it back to God as a form of worship recognizing that He alone is worthy to receive all glory and honor.
It has been a remarkable week for Tony and me. We have reached 25% of our monthly ministry support and 10 % of our outgoing support. We are incredibly grateful to the Lord for His provision & He deserves all the praise for allowing us to reach this important milestone. In addition, I am humbled by the prayers and generous hearts of so many kind people. The encouragement that we have received by those we have met and presented has been astounding. Tony and I have been blown away by the eagerness of those we meet to be part of our ministry team through prayer and finances. Our hearts are full and we are extremely grateful.
While things couldn’t be better in the area of financial support, we are also experiencing a new wave of spiritual attacks since reaching our quarter mark. Since the devil cannot be pleased with our progress, he has gently whispered in our ears that our obedience won’t make a dent in eternity since we are not church planters, evangelists, Bible translators, etc. You are just teachers…. that’s all. Teachers don’t preach, teachers don’t make altar calls, teachers just TEACH!
It is the word of God that comes to my rescue when Satan comes and plants a seed of discouragement in my thought life. Romans 12:7 reminded me that we are members of one body and each member has different gifts, “if a man’s gift is to teach, let him teach.”
So although those thoughts may not linger for long because his Spirit abides in my heart and mind, once again I find myself quietly singing: Not to us, O Lord, but to your name be the glory.
These are great and exciting days to be alive. In less than a week, 4,000 participants from 190 nations will arrive to Cape Town, South Africa, to strategize about how to reach the world for Jesus Christ. The Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelization is just days away and I am excited that MAF’s CEO and President, John Boyd has been invited to attend.
The Evangelism Conference will draw leaders together in prayer, repentance, dialogue and action. The aim of this year’s gathering is to discern where the Body of Christ should spend its efforts and energies to respond to the call Christ made to take the gospel into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19.)
Although I won’t be able to attend this fascinating event, my prayers are with the thousands of participants that will descend upon Cape Town this weekend. I must admit I would love to be one of those participants, but I know that much can be accomplished in my own backyard.
While the world’s leaders gather and seek the heart of God in our broken world, I can play a part by interceding in prayer and confessing my sins before a holy God.
May the Lord teach me & teach us how to make our Heavenly Father glorious among those around us.
MAF Sunday, October 10, 2010, is about bringing awareness to the difficulties of sharing the Gospel to remote areas and the barriers that must be overcome to do so. Through aviation and technologies, Mission Aviation Fellowship is overcoming these barriers.
Every day, MAF deploys a range of communication, distance education services, and aviation to support and advance the Gospel and ministry efforts throughout Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America.
Some 3 billion people representing 7,093 people groups live in the countries where we serve. Of these, 3.891 groups have been identified by the Joshua Project (joshuaproject.net) as among the “least reached” in the world.
To nurture the growing number of indigenous churches, national pastors and church leaders, MAF-Learning Technologies provides the needed delivery systems and tools that strengthen churches and maximizes the ministry of missionaries and indigenous evangelists.
This coming Sunday, Tony and I will have the privilege to speak on behalf of millions who live behind physical and spiritual barriers without hope of hearing the Gospel. We will be sharing our ministry with a Sunday school class and a women’s bible study group in Fullerton, CA.
Not every one is called to go to the ends of the earth, but God does call each of us to care for the poor and the needy, and He calls us to make disciples of all nations.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8