July (Final) Update

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Bank On It

“Praying for a hundred new workers in 1887.”

This was the vision set forth by the China Inland Mission after a week of prayer and fasting. Hudson Taylor had gathered the council at Anking at the close of 1886 to receive direction from the LORD concerning the important issues of spreading the Gospel to the unreached masses in China. It was determined that if any advancement was to take place, a hundred new workers were urgently needed. With the permission of Mr. Taylor, the request was made know to the church in London.

To send so many missionaries in one year was completely unheard of. No organization in existence had ever dreamed of sending out reinforcements on such a scale. The China Inland Mission then numbered only a hundred and ninety members; and to pray for a more than fifty percent increase within the next twelve months was beyond what some thought was possible. The three-fold prayer they were praying in China was taken up by countless hearts: that God would give the hundred workers, that He would supply the fifty-thousand dollars of extra income needed, and that the money might come in large sums in order to reduce correspondence for an already short-staffed mission.

What happened in 1887? One hundred and two men and women were chosen, equipped and sent out. Fifty-five thousand dollars were received, without solicitation, exceeding the needs of the new workers. And how many letters had to be written and receipts made out to acknowledge this large sum? Just eleven gifts covered it all!

What a wonderful testimony that when we pray according to His will, He will answer. You can bank on it. Specific prayers get specific answers. What are you praying for today?

That Nothing Be Lost

Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” John 6:12

These are the words of Jesus to His disciples following His great miracle of provision; the feeding of 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. These words encapsulate the value that Jesus places on the very things which we so often cast away. They also serve as a command to all of His disciples today.

“That Nothing Be Lost”

This was the theme of last weeks West-Africa Sub-Regional Conference. There is a great harvest in West-Africa and it is not God’s will that any should perish. He is calling His people to gather up the fragments. This is why Christ died at Calvary and it is the purpose for preaching the Gospel.

“Caiaphas…prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” John 11:49-52

Rev. Adams, Missionary to Benin/Gabon/Togo, made mention of another Scripture which demonstrats the value of every fragment.

“Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria…” Amos 3:12

Just as the shepherd will take out of the lion’s mouth a leg or an ear, so will the Good Shepherd go to the mouth of the lion to take out the fragments that remain. “The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), but the Good Shepherd never allows him to have the final victory. Even if all that is left of the lamb is two legs and a piece of an ear, the Shepherd will gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost!

Disciples of God, let us fill our basket with fragments!

The Unseen Church in West-Africa

Last week I was blessed to be a part of the West-Africa Sub-Regional Conference. It was four days full of anointed teaching and preaching. Later in the week I will post a pictorial report and some thoughts on the theme of the conference, “That Nothing Be Lost.”

One of the most impacting sessions was the Regional Missions Presentation given by Sis. Colleen Carter. She did a wonderful job of presenting the importance of reaching into the nations in West-Africa that do not yet have a United Pentecostal Church assembly or preaching point. I would like to share this need with you. Please pray that the door would be opened for the whole Gospel to be taken to these countries!

Cape Verde – Population: 505,606

Chad – Population: 11,206,152

The Gambia – Population: 1,705,212

Guinea-Bissau – Population: 1,610,746

Mali – Population: 13,010,209

Mauritania – Population: 3,290,630

Senegal – Population: 12,534,228

Sao Tome & Principe – Population: 163,000

Western Sahara – Population: 295,695 (Above Mauritania on the map. Included in West Africa for UPCI Missions Purposes)

These nine countries represent 44,321,478 people who need to hear the Apostle’s Doctrine; 44,321,478 people who do not have an Apostolic church to attend; 44,321,478 people who need to hear the Truth about Jesus.  Let me bring this close to home; imagine there were no churches in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. Roughly the same number of people would be effected.

West-Africa needs missionaries and A.I.M. workers. Please pray that God would send forth laborers into this immense harvest field. If you feel a call to missions, please prayerfully consider coming to West-Africa.

God is revealing His unseen Church!