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Working alongside with the national church is not to show and tell what it means to follow Jesus but to learn discern and participate in what God has already been doing amongst the local people. It is not just to say Here I am use me but to say Thank you God for using these people to teach me about humility trust and perseverance thank you for giving me the privilege to witness the mission movement amongst them in a time such as this.
For more than 30 years God has given me a consuming passion for discipling people from a Muslim background. In this process I havealways looked for key people with great spiritual potential. In reflecting on the time I shared with these people I have learned a lot about how to minister more effectively with them.
We met Joshua 10 years ago when we first came to East Asia as Interserve Partners. He was a humble gentle medical doctor and qualified counselor who worked in our counselling company where we initially gave training and supervision.
I have been privileged to serve the national church in the Middle East and to see God at work. Under the local leadership of the Anglican Methodist Orthodox and Presbyterian churches I helped pastors and directors of church-run non-government organisations (NGOs) inparticular through administration for community development projects.
The Bible changes the church and God uses the church to transform the world.
Putting aside our strong desire for personal connection and involvement frees us to step back from front-line tasks confident that local believers are quietly going about Kingdom business even through we dont – and shouldnt – know what is going on.
This year I celebrated the tenth anniversary of the rather dubious distinction of being blacklisted (refused entry as a risk to nationalsecurity) by the country where my family and I had served as part of the Interserve fellowship for nearly a decade.
Alica and Gulzat are Christians who have set up a small kindergarten in their home. Your role has been to provide theoretical and practical knowledge about young childrens development to equip people like Alica and Gulzat.
The world took notice of one lifeless child on the beach and responded with tears. Yet thousands of refugees continue to make desperate border crossings in hope of something better.
Gods call is to be a particular kind of person. This is where we should start to look for His call the practical will unfold as we remain faithful and obedient.
This is global mission and as followers of our Lord Jesus this is what we are called to.
But thats how God works sometimes He brings surprises a turn of events the intercession of His children to break our focus on the earthly refocus on the eternal and point the way to something unknown.