We have our fingers on the pulse of modern missions. Mission work is changing rapidly as the world's cultures and global conditions are changing. Ease of travel and communication impact how the Gospel is spread. But at the heart of missions, there is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the obedience of the Church to carry out Jesus' command to go into all the earth.
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“‘For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.’” Matthew 18:20
Growing up in rural Alabama, I was a typical American boy who watched Saturday morning cartoons. Most were filled with heroes like Superman, Spiderman, Batman and the Lone Ranger. The rugged individualism portrayed by superheroes was an important cultural value. I thought that, surely, I should aspire to be that kind of hero in my generation.
When my heart was challenged with Jesus’ Great Commission, I sold my car to buy one-way tickets for myself and my family to Thailand. I wanted to join the ranks of Hudson Taylor, C.T. Stud and Adoniram Judson in spreading the Gospel to the world.
But, it did not take me long to discover that I was no superman. I was in a place where there was a ratio of less than one believer for every 10,000 people. The suffocating heat, the tropical diseases, a difficult language and the spiritual battles were all factors that quickly overwhelmed me. I ended up in a hospital with exhaustion. I hardly felt like a hero, and certainly not a superhero.
I arrived in Asia and had much to learn. Thankfully, I had a wonderful Thai leader who took me aside and shared his life and ministry with me. We traveled together, ministered together, and I began to understand how much I needed and appreciated him. He became a hero to me. I learned so much from him.
Have you ever noticed who the heroes are on Saturday morning cartoons now? My sons grew up watching Ninja Turtles and Transformers. Today, we have the Avengers and the Justice League. We live in a world that has begun to see the value of teams – teams of heroes with special gifts and abilities which, when combined, can defeat the greatest enemy.
Jesus knew the power of teams. He called and traveled with a team of disciples. He sent them out in pairs and groups, not as individuals. To function well in God’s Kingdom, we need to learn how to be good team players. There’s no need to try to be the superhero in a world where it will take a team, multiple teams in fact, to fulfill the Great Commission.
I now recognize that when Reach A Village comes alongside local leaders and workers as part of their team, Jesus is truly in our midst.
Volunteering for the Values Education ministry in the Philippines was a step of faith for Sister Jenalo. She had always dreamed of being a teacher, but didn’t finish school.
After receiving encouragement from her pastor, she became a volunteer teacher at the local public school! It has boosted her self-confidence, given her greater purpose, and drawn her closer to God. This ministry changed her life, community, church, and especially the lives of the children she teaches about God's Word.
Hearing Sister Jenalo tell about her journey reminded me of my own journey. When I was growing up, my parents were missionaries in the Philippines. I had the opportunity to join my dad, Bob Craft, going from village to village doing evangelism. This gave me an acute awareness of the need for the Gospel.
In between missionary assignments, Dad pastored a church in Alabama and operated a roofing business. I loved spending time with him at work sites, being up on the rooftop, looking out across the horizon and seeing the bigger picture. I also saw the hard work required to build a roof that will withstand a storm.
Upon graduating from high school in the Philippines, I returned home and began university studies focused on the Bible, sociology and community development. This prepared me for jobs working with youth, adults with disabilities, small businesses and government.
During that time, I continued to hear Dad share about his passion, vision, and missions philosophy of training and equipping local Christians to reach their people for Christ. I sensed that God was calling me to aid the Church in advancing His Kingdom. So, I took my own step of faith. I left a job I loved and started seminary.
When Dad invited me to visit the Philippines recently to see how God was moving around the world, I had the same sense of amazement as I had from being up on the roof. I could see the scope at which God was working and the necessary details to do the job well. As I complete my degree at Moody Theological Seminary, I am excited beyond measure to join the Reach A Village team. I have learned about many different ministry models, and I am convinced that partnering with Spirit-filled, God-called local champions like Sister Jenalo is the best one.
As we partner together, we are all building on the foundation that is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. As you partner with us, please continue to pray that the work laid on this foundation will thrive and bring glory to His name.
International Ministry Director for Southeast Asia
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT)
Perhaps you’re familiar with the reality TV show “Undercover Boss,” where company owners or executives disguise themselves to go undercover as trainees in their own organizations. Oftentimes the bosses find themselves having to do difficult jobs where they get dirty and are outside their comfort zones. Not only do these executives learn a great deal about their companies, but they also are able to see deeper into the lives of their employees.
“What has this got to do with Christmas?” you might ask. How better could the Creator of the Universe disguise Himself than by wrapping Himself in the human flesh of a helpless baby? He came disguised as the child of a poor couple seeking refuge in a humble stable. His mother was even unmarried when she became pregnant. What must it have taken for the King of the Universe to confine Himself to Mary’s womb and then a lowly manger?
Why would He choose to do it? Sin had spoiled the perfect universe He made and the lives of the people He created. He saw their pain and suffering. He embraced their weaknesses and wept over their sin. He saw that they could never solve their problems themselves. He could have used His vast power to wipe everyone out and then remake His creation, but instead He chose to redeem His people and restore His creation by coming to earth in disguise.
Jesus became a human being like us, walked among us, and experienced the human condition, enabling Him to relate with us on a deeper level. He allowed the sin of mankind to come upon Him. And through His suffering and death on the cross for us, the disguise was ripped off and His true identity was revealed – our loving Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord! “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King!”
We can’t thank you enough for your partnership in helping to reveal our King and the wonders of His love to the nations over the past year! Merry Christmas from all of us at Reach A Village!
Founder and President
When most of us think of Thanksgiving season, our minds go to family meals with turkey, dressing and trimmings. We often go around the dinner table and mention something for which we are thankful. But I do not think I have ever seen a more grateful group of people than the one I was with earlier this month.
I recently had the joy of celebrating the Lord’s Supper with believers in Thailand during a church planter training event. I would not normally have thought of a communion service as a sort of “thanksgiving” meal. But this time was different.
I was celebrating communion with many new Thai believers and leaders. I have never been in a communion service with more joy being expressed! Not only were they loudly exclaiming the goodness of Jesus, but they were also sobbing and weeping while thanking Him for setting them free from their past and giving them the hope of heaven. The broken bread and cup of grape juice had truly been received with gratitude and love.
They were grateful for a loving Savior, whom they had come to know when Thai Christians came into their villages with the Good News of Jesus. Most of these people had been living in one of the 70,000 villages in Thailand that have no local believers or local church.
Finally, someone had brought them the hope, joy and peace of the Lord Jesus. They no longer feared the spirits that had tormented them or the “karma” that could not be removed by countless ceremonies, self-discipline, or offerings made in an attempt to gain merit.
During this Thanksgiving, when you and your family “break bread” together, please remember those who are still waiting for the Good News to come to their villages. Thank God for your family, your church and a faith that brings such forgiveness, peace and blessings.
We at Reach A Village are thankful for all that God is doing, and that includes being thankful to all of you who pray for us and financially support the ministry!
Blessings in Christ,
Founder and President
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Reach A Village and CrossTies Asia unite for greater Kingdom impact
PARK FOREST, Ill. – A common vision and burden for an estimated 1 million villages worldwide that have no churches and virtually no access to God’s Word has brought international mission organizations Reach A Village and CrossTies Asia together in a new partnership. Leaders from both organizations announced that CrossTies Asia will now operate as a ministry of Reach A Village.
“This partnership joins together time-tested biblical missiology and the latest technology. It could really be a game-changer in our work to fulfill the Great Commission,” Reach A Village President Robert Craft states. CrossTies Asia Executive Director Dwight Martin adds, “By working together, we greatly enhance each other's ministry and can make a significant impact for God’s Kingdom.”
Through years of ministry experience and research, Craft and Martin have each come to the conclusion that indigenous Christians are the most effective in reaching their own people for Christ. Both organizations are committed to equipping and empowering local Christians to spread the Gospel to unreached villages within their countries.
Reach A Village provides training, Scriptures and Bible study materials and mobilizes national Christians to evangelize, disciple and start churches in nearby unreached villages. CrossTies Asia specializes in supplying Christian literature and resources in local languages, as well as research, data and technology that enables church and mission leaders to collaborate and formulate strategic ministry plans.
In Thailand, Martin serves as research coordinator for the Thai Church’s national plan for strategic evangelism and church growth. He and his team developed a database and mapping system called Harvest that tracks and maps the Body of Christ in Thailand (https://thaichurches.org). In looking at 10 years’ worth of data, Martin realized that the Thai Church was not growing fast enough to meet the goals of the national plan, and he wanted to find a method to accelerate the growth.
“Bob and I have known each other for a number of years as acquaintances,” Martin shared. “He took me to Myanmar and Cambodia, which are also Buddhist-background countries, and I was blown away by the church-planting work they were doing there. I thought, ‘We need to partner together!’”
Now, Harvest system data is available for Cambodia (https://cambodiachurches.org) and will soon be available for Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. With this technology, it will be easier to pinpoint unreached villages, and the hope is that church and mission leaders across denominational lines will be inspired to develop strategic national plans for church growth in these countries.
“While CrossTies Asia is now under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of Reach A Village, it will still continue to function as it has, serving the Church at-large,” Craft noted. “One of the intended consequences of this new relationship is to share the data and encourage a spirit of cooperation and strategic collaboration between mission groups and denominations within a country, making our combined efforts more fruitful in fulfilling the Great Commission in the face of such huge need.”
Luke 15:4-7 (NLT)
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
John 10:16 (NIV)
“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
I love the fact that Jesus used such simple, real-life illustrations to show His love and His purpose. These two stories both speak of those who need to be reached.
The first is about one lost sheep, separated and alone while the rest of the flock is well-fed and safe. Picture a little lamb, hanging off the edge of a rocky crag, bleating and most likely bleeding from its perilous wandering. Then Jesus comes to the rescue, carries the sheep upon His shoulders to safety. This parable speaks of salvation, assurance and love.
We most often apply this parable to ourselves. We are helpless sheep, and we know it. Jesus said that, “when he has found it,” he will joyfully carry the lost sheep back. “When he has found it” expresses the confidence of Jesus that He will reach and find the lost sheep. There is no “if” in this story. The lost can be found. The unreached can be reached. The unreached are in no way unreachable.
Near the end of His life on earth, just before He entered Jerusalem for the last time, Jesus told another story to his disciples about sheep. “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” This time it is not just a single lost sheep.
There are entire flocks of sheep outside the reach of the shepherd. They are not just lost, they are in danger from thieves and robbers who intend to kill and destroy them. Who will reach and rescue those very real “sheep” for the Great Shepherd? That duty, as the disciples soon learned, would fall on them. Jesus said that if these sheep could but hear His voice, they would listen and become part of His one flock. Again, Jesus speaks with assurance that these sheep will listen.
There are an estimated 1 million villages and communities that have yet to hear and respond to the voice of Jesus the Shepherd. No one has reached them with the Good News of rescue and redemption. The little lambs continue to fall prey to the sex traffickers and abuse. Sometimes their own parents or relatives will sell them into slavery. Drugs and alcohol will rob these sheep of their hope and continue to cause death and destruction of families. It is all because these sheep remain unreached and un-rescued.
When will we reach them? They are reachable, especially today with our resources and technology. The question is when. How much longer must they continue to wait to hear His voice and follow?
By Bob Craft
I like to start any discussion about persecution by asking the question, “Who killed Jesus?” Was it the Jews? Or was it the Romans? The longer you ponder the questions, the more complex the answer becomes.
We are approaching the time of year when many churches are having special times of prayer for the persecuted churches and Christians around the world. Why are they persecuted? Why are there so many of us who are not being persecuted? These are challenging questions. “Because they are Christians” is a possible answer to both questions.
The deciding factor as to the degree of persecution often lies in the prevailing religious and political climate of the times. Jesus told His disciples, “ ‘... they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.’ ” Luke 21:12 (NIV) This was a hint that persecution can involve a mix of religious and political motives. Jesus Himself was victim to this. The Romans tortured and ridiculed Him, executing Him by brutally nailing Him to a cross. The Jewish religious leaders were the ones who set it in motion, making use of Roman political connections to kill Jesus.
Having spent time in ministry in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia, I hear stories from those who have suffered prison, house arrest and banishment. They have been beaten, tortured, threatened, humiliated, and have endured every imaginable kind of injustice, primarily because they were Christians living in the midst of religious or political opposition. They had done no wrong, but were misunderstood, despised and targeted because their faith was viewed as a threat to religious or political power.
The false perception that Christianity is a “Western religion” continues to be one of the main factors motivating persecution. Believers are even accused of working for the CIA because they are Christians. After all, it was Western missionaries who most often introduced the Gospel to much of Asia. The colonists often brought their missionaries and their military to subdue nations during colonial times.
Yet there are many cases where persecution results when believers break from ingrained religious traditions, social norms or political systems because of their faith in Christ and the truth of His Word. They are good citizens, attempting to live peaceable, godly lives. They face the spiritual darkness of their environment with love and faithfulness and find themselves persecuted by “evil men.” “And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:2 (NIV)
In the end, we find that no one “killed” Jesus. Jesus said, “ ‘... I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.’ ” John 10:18 (NIV)
The persecuted believers I have met show this same sacrificial spirit, this same understanding of their purpose in life. They embrace persecution as part of the life of a Christian, just as it was part of the life of Christ. Their Christlikeness in the midst of the refining fires of persecution reflects His image and His love to those who are persecuting them. Enduring persecution, even to the point of death, is the ultimate testimony to a living, loving Savior.
By Bob Craft
You think you know Jonah? Think again.
Jonah’s story is perhaps one of the most famous in the Old Testament, and with good cause. Since it is very dramatic and has great teachings, it is an excellent story to share with children and adults alike.
To recap, in Jonah 1:2 God calls Jonah to preach in the great city of Nineveh because of the wickedness taking place. Instead of obeying God, Jonah fled by boat. God saw this and sent a great storm. After determining he was the cause of the storm, the sailors threw Jonah overboard, where he then gets swallowed by a whale (or large fish). He remains there for three days and nights, repents, and then is released from the whale to start ministry in Nineveh.
For most of us, that is where the story ends.
Yet, there are key teachings in the book of Jonah that can be overshadowed by the first chapter (and a giant fish). This is an Old Testament book written hundreds of years before Jesus walked on the earth. The key question of the book is: Why has God called Jonah to Nineveh, a non-Jewish city?
Although Nineveh was known for its wickedness, God explains in 4:11, “Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
Simply put, the people in Nineveh are lost! God’s vision is greater than simply the obedience of one person. The 120,000 people are so lost that they cannot even tell their right from their left. Even the animals are lost! They are not following His ways, and He wants them to turn away from the wickedness.
The book of Jonah is not just about God’s pursuit of Jonah to fulfill His call; rather, it is about God’s pursuit of Jonah so that Jonah can reach the people of Nineveh. Why didn’t God give up on Jonah? Jonah was God’s chosen instrument as the means to reach Nineveh. This is powerful on a personal level for Jonah, but on a much greater scale for a city of 120,000 people.
What was the result? Chapter 3:4-5 says, “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” The news even reached the king, and he issued a decree for the people to repent! As a result, the people were spared and God did not bring about their destruction.
When we consider modern missions, we can learn three things from this book:
1) God uses people as His main way to reach the lost with the Gospel. This theme is echoed throughout the New Testament as well – the disciples, Paul and Jesus Himself were the messengers of the Gospel.
2) God already wanted the world to follow Him during Old Testament times. He had chosen Jonah to be the messenger and relentlessly pursued him so that the message would be brought to Nineveh, a non-Jewish city.
3) God has tremendous love for the lost. Even hundreds of years before the Great Commission, we see God already showing His divine love for the world, wanting all to come to faith. God, in His righteous justice, was deeply offended by what was taking place in Nineveh, but He offered redemption for them.
At Reach A Village, our heart’s desire is the same as God displays in this book. Just as God wanted to reach the people of Nineveh, He wants all to know Him today. He is still sending out people to the unreached places of the world with the Gospel. Pray for willing workers to reach these areas around the globe!
I encourage you to read the book of Jonah again with fresh eyes. May God show you more of Himself in this fascinating account of reaching the city of Nineveh. God bless you!
By Erin Menke-Assam
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Ever wonder why Peter, James and John fell asleep on the mountain as Jesus was transfigured while communing with the God of the universe and with Moses and Elijah (Luke 9:28-36)? While on top of the mountain, Peter, James and John dozed off with heavy eyes during the most important period of prayer in Jesus’ life. When they awakened, Peter, as usual, fumbled for something to say and came up with the bright idea that a building program was in order! Jesus didn't even acknowledge such foolishness, and God Himself interrupted with a thundering proclamation of the divine nature of Christ and commanded them to listen to Jesus.
Then they headed down the mountain, only to face more overwhelming issues. How could these mighty apostles, who, earlier in the chapter, had cast out demons and healed the sick, suddenly be so powerless as to not be able to help the little, demon-possessed boy, writhing at the foot of the mountain, at the feet of the disciples and the feet of his desperate father (Luke 9:37-43)?
In fact, all of the apostles had successfully been sent out on their first solo mission and returned with great stories of victory. Great crowds of people followed them back to Jesus and He then fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. Yet look at the disciples now, at the foot of the mountain! So shortly after such powerful experiences of sharing the authority of Jesus over demons and death, they all stood powerless and defeated.
What had gone wrong? What had "zapped" their faith and their power?
I have the privilege of helping train teams of church planters as they go into unreached villages. As I studied this passage (Luke 9), the Holy Spirit revealed something that I had never seen before. The real answer to the problem of these powerless disciples was something that Jesus had to deal with in detail over their next stage of training.
During the incident with the demon-possessed boy, Jesus made a simple statement regarding their lack of faith, prayer, and fasting to deliver the boy from demons. But the disciples already knew that. That's why He said, "How long do I have to put up with you?" (Luke 9:41). This power failure is not just about prayer or fasting or faith! Look at the next verses. Look at the events that were to follow. Therein lies the root of the problem of powerless, prayer-less, disciples.
Three stunning revelations come out about the attitudes of the disciples. There was something toxic going on among the disciples. Something Jesus needed to get to the bottom of quickly if they were to regain victory and power. These three attitudes would kill the church planting movement that had just begun. These attitudes would render the disciples powerless to carry out the Great Commission and the will of God.
Attitude #1. Who is the Greatest? Luke 9:46: “Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest.”
Ah! Now we get to the heart of the problem of powerless disciples! They were proud and competitive, grasping for power and position. These characteristics are guaranteed to stop church growth and give Satan the upper hand. The fruits of this attitude are quarrels and arguments, discord and disagreement. It does not make them united; it makes them u-n-t-i-e-d. It breaks the bonds of brothers, but not the bonds of Satan. Here, at this point, is where Jesus brings a little child into the scene. Who gets to stand at the right hand of Jesus? An innocent, blameless child becomes the eternal example of greatness in Jesus' Kingdom (Luke 9:46-48).
Attitude #2. He is not one of us. Luke 9:49: "Master," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."
No sooner than Jesus addresses the issue of greatness, the disciples open their mouths again, proving that they have deep issues that will hinder their effectiveness and zap their power. "He is not one of us!" Now what kind of spirit would you call that? In one of the training sessions in Myanmar, a worker cried out, "That's the denominational spirit!" Yes, if it is not individual pride and competition, it is the sectarian, group spirit. We are all so prone to think that God can only speak to us or work through our group. Does anyone have a corner on God, His Spirit or His Son? We cry that if someone is not for us, they are against us. "'Do not stop him,' Jesus said, 'For whoever is not against you is for you.'" (Luke 9:50). Jesus revealed the Kingdom point of view. The sectarian spirit will truly hinder a movement of God and stop the expansion of the Church.
Attitude #3. Destroy them! Luke 9:53-54 “but the people there did not welcome him ... When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, 'Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?'"
The disciples had bad attitudes toward each other (Who is the greatest?), bad attitudes toward other groups of workers (They are not one of us!), and now we see that they had bad attitudes toward those who do not welcome Christ (Destroy them!). Jesus soundly rebukes the disciples for such a judgmental attitude toward the lost! Jesus simply takes them on a journey to yet another village to proclaim the Gospel!
In my estimation, these three spirits are the greatest hindrances to the work and movement of God in His Church and in the “missions” world. These attitudes hinder church planting, church growth and church unity. They must be rooted out by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and dealt with openly and deeply if we are to carry out the Great Commission and take the Gospel to every village. Jesus had to deal with these issues before He could ever multiply and send His disciples out on another mission like the one described in Luke 10.
The next time we find ourselves lacking spiritual power, unity or compassion, I suggest we do a quick check of our attitude in these three areas. We will probably find the problem.
By Bob Craft
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This groundbreaking technology absolutely has the ability to complete the Great Commission in our lifetime!
Core Processor - Processes 100 million, million operations per second. For those of you who are trying to do the math with your supercomputer brain – that’s over 100,000 times more processing power than today’s cutting-edge supercomputer processor. It transmits 20 quadrillion bits of information per second.
Memory - The storage capacity for information in memory cells is approximately 2.5 petabytes. That is enough memory to store 300 years' worth of 24/7 television!
Cameras - The photoreceptors number more than 120 million, which MIT scientists believe can process entire images in as little as 13 milliseconds. The autofocus can sense exactly what you need it to see, and constantly adjust to what is just right for you.
Microphones and speaker - This technology is capable of a minimum audio projection of at least 123,205,750 words in over 7,000 languages.
Recording capabilities - It can record sounds wherever you are, for as long as you need to, and store these sounds for later recall. The listening devices are able to distinguish over 400,000 unique sounds.
Interactivity - It can converse with you, recite poetry, tell jokes, play games, read books, sing songs, make stories come alive, you name it! It can learn languages and translate them, immediately adapt to inflexion or duress in a voice, and actually read the emotional expressions of people and calculate the best response.
Fuel and energy use - Sixty thousand miles of circuitry make up the fuel- and energy-delivery system. This technology will last for decades and is fueled entirely from easily available renewable resources.
Portability - This technology can self-transport an average distance of 110,000 miles over its lifetime using a complex system of over 600 strands of flexible material. It can also be transported in any current mode of transportation without hindering its processing functionality. It can go wherever you go without ever having to be put in a luggage compartment.
This technology is a blend of the highest and latest findings in the field of science and a beautiful art form in its aesthetic design. It is without a doubt the most wonderfully made creation you will ever find, and it is exactly what we need in today's changing world. There is nothing else like it in the world, and there may never be. Scientists call it “Homo Sapiens.” That’s right!
God created humans so amazingly awesome and complete, with billions of parts that work together to help us understand and change the world around us. The human brain and the body it controls are the most phenomenal creations in the universe. Our brains have the memory capability of more than one billion PC hard drives, with more connections than there are stars in the universe. And, all of that memory capacity is stored in a mere three-pound unit!
Jesus said, “Go,” and the great majority of us have that ability to get up and walk to someone with the news of Jesus! When we cannot go physically, we can go in spirit, through prayer. This is the technology through which Jesus chooses to spread the Gospel to all the world.
Jesus said, “Look at the fields, they are white unto harvest.” We can’t even see with our naked eyes the millions of tiny neurons that allow us to lift our eyes and see the vast and teeming fields of billions of souls who need Christ.
Jesus said, “Give a cup of water in My name,” and we don’t even have to tell our muscles, nerves and bones what to do to grasp a cup and offer a drink to a parched wanderer or pick up a Bible and offer the Living Water to them.
Jesus said, “Pray that the Lord of harvest would send out workers.” And we don’t even have to tell our brains to form the words of a prayer on our lips. Our prayers pour forth from the cries of our hearts.
No computer or smartphone, headset or technology bracelet can ever replace what God has created us to do. Go, give, see, hear, understand, speak, heal, forgive, and live! Your world will never be the same. Now use your God-given technology to share Jesus with every living person, especially those who have never heard.
Article By Michele Norris Melton and Robert Craft
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