It was my first missionary journey to Togo and we were on evangelism in one of the unreached communities.
As usual, I was with an interpreter since I didn’t have a grip on the local language.
We met a lady who was about to prepare lunch for her family and engaged her with the gospel.
As my custom is when sharing my faith, I asked her if she knows who Jesus is, and her response came back as NO!
I didn’t think the interpreter communicated my message correctly, so, I urged him to ask her again, this time stressing the name of Jesus.
And he did and the response was the same.
Only that this time, she beckoned that we should tell her who Jesus is. And we did. Praise God!
That encounter remains one of the high points of my missionary journeys– as it made a mess of my sunesis.
“How is it even possible that there’s someone who hasn’t heard about Jesus?” I kept asking myself as we made our way back to the mission house.
Maybe you are in that boat where you are wondering or probably asking if there are truly people who haven’t been reached with the gospel — People who have never heard of Jesus or His finished works on the cross.
Well, let me help with an emphatic YES! There are.
Now, the question becomes:
What can we do to make a difference since just knowing wouldn’t change anything?
Cry? Pray? Fast? Give?
The truth is:
All these are great, but until it is with a dire commitment to be a part of the GOing, it isn’t amounting to much.
Remember, Jesus didn’t give us a substitute for GO-ing.
The Bible reckons that the laborers are few and that we should pray that God should send men to GO into the harvest field.
The thing is:
When we pray that others should GO and are not GOing ourselves, our prayer becomes somewhat insincere.
“How?” We may ask:
Hmmm…we have to realize that some people aren’t graced to sleep on cement floors. Neither are some given anointing to tame the big-mouthed mosquitoes in these regions. And still, there aren’t some who God impacted with missionary stomachs to eat concoctions or drink cholera waters during these journeys.
I believe that if it becomes our genuine heart’s to truly GO, God will place it in our hands.
As we plan vacations to Hawaii, Maldives, or even Dubai, it’s important to know that saving towards GOing for missions is also possible.
It isn’t less. It is more. It is the real deal.
Let’s plan to be a partaker of the sufferings of Christ. Let’s not just sing that we love Him with our mouths. Let’s show him that we love HIm by planning to GO with our legs too.
If the unreached people’s group is where God’s heart is seeing that He wants all men saved, that’s where ours should be as well.
I’m sure that as we begin to make going for missions our heart’s cry, God will begin to create opportunities for us to be His outstretched arm to these unreached communities. He would make a way for us to GO, indeed.
Further Scripture Reading.
Go ye into the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
Written By Sis Jane Edema (Team Watchmen)