After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count. Vs 9
What is the largest worship serve you have ever been a part of? What was it like? What do you think it would be like to worship in a crowd so big it can’t be counted?
From every nation and tribe and people and language standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. Vs 9b
Every people group with be present worshiping the Savior around his throne. Imagine seeing specific people groups from the THUMB in heaven. How would it make you feel knowing you played a part in helping make that happen? How would it make you feel knowing you didn’t?
They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” Vs 10
I image God will restore our ability to understand each other. Pick a favorite hymn or praise song. Now image people from everywhere singing that song, loudly with affection, in the same language. What do you think that will be like? When are you leaving on your short term mission trip?
It is strategic to reach international students because they are more open to the gospel here than they are in their home country.
Another reason it is strategic is because when they go home, they have all the advantages we don’t have. First of all access. They are returning home. Secondly, they know the language and culture and have already formed relationships.
Read 2 Chronicles 6:32,33
How should these statement s shape our mission to international students, knowing that many of them are from closed countries.
Brent and Sadie never thought that they would be missionaries. He felt certain that he would never be called to vocational ministry. She, on the other hand, was interested in humanitarian aid but not missions.
Sadie graduated from Auburn University in December with a degree in education, but teaching jobs are hard to come by in the middle of the school year. She looked for some short-term teaching opportunities with mission organizations, but they didn’t like that she was college aged. Then a friend told her about Pioneers.
“He said that they had people everywhere,” Sadie recalls. “And he told me they aren’t afraid of college students. And it was true! I wound up teaching English in the Balkans for five months."
Later, Brent and Sadie married. And in May of last year, Brent heard a missionary from his own church speak about his work in the Middle East.
“God works in crazy and awesome ways,” Brent laughs. “This missionary got his master's degree in wildlife from my university under my advisor. His degree allows him to work in the Middle East and share the Good News among the unreached. As soon as I heard who he was and what he was doing, I believed that God was calling me to foreign missions.”
A day later, Caleb, Pioneers’ stewardship coordinator, called to thank Brent and Sadie for a donation they made to a campaign that helps recruit and train new Pioneers.
“Caleb asked how he could pray for me and Sadie,” Brent recalls. “At first, I couldn't think of anything, and then it dawned on me… Everything that I heard the day before and then a call from a missionary sending organization! From then on, Sadie and I were pretty sure God was calling us to go—and to go with Pioneers.”
Before their move to Central Asia to work in agriculture and education, Brent and Sadie will move to New York City in August to spend a year in training as church planters. See more about Immerse, the church planting training program here. Or if you are interested in learning more about opportunities to serve overseas in a wide variety of cultures and careers, look here.
In Process Note; Even through this story concerns unreached peoples in Central Asia it has application to unreached peoples in other cultures. What does it say about the roles God and man play in brining the gossip to unreached peoples?
Read Global Starting Point #26
Support Others or Go Yourself.
Describe how you might sense your involvement in bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in Buddhist cultures?
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