Great Missionary Lives: Jim Elliot

Jim Eliot is a great example someone who gave his youth to God. As a college student, he had aspirations to be used powerfully in ministry. After graduating he became a missionary to the Ecuadorians, and eventually was killed by the Waodani Indians at the young age of 28. While we wish that no one have the same fate as he did, we believe that all people, especially young people, can influence and change all the world for God. While we would not agree with all the Jim Eliot taught, his story is a great encouragement for people in campus ministry who are considering going on an OYC.

I do not wonder that you are saddened at the word of my going to South America….Grieve not, then, if your sons seems to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So with the strong arm of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly—all of them straight at the Enemy’s hosts.

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Missions Doesn’t Stop at the “Reached”

The term used today to define whether the Gospel has been preached in a specific area of the world is called “reached” and “unreached.” Still, the question remains, does the Great Commission finish at “go” or “teach them to obey everything he has commanded”? How many more nations still need to be taught the commands of Christ? David Sill compares this idea of a place being “reached” to the Great Commission.

The task of the Great Commission cannot be compared to running through a large darkened building, flipping on a few switches and announcing that they now have light even though thousands of other rooms leave most people in darkness. If that is all one understands reaching the unreached to mean, then we must agree that the great tragedy of the world today is not that it is unreached, but that it is undiscipled.

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Who Do We Need To Bring the Gospel To?

The Great Commission is understood by, if not all, most Christians that the purpose driven task set by king Jesus 2,000 years ago was to share his gospel. Much of the world today has heard about Jesus and has heard of the Gospel in some form. There are, however, still many who have not heard.

The seed of the Word does not always bring forth fruit, but no fruit is ever brought forth without the seed. (Luke 8:11-15)

The undoubted truth that we must declare the gospel coincides with most Christians all around the world, but where there is no spread of the gospel, there is no salvation and opportunity for people to be saved. Places that have never heard the gospel won’t even get a chance of salvation if there is no one that will bring it to them.

So that leaves us with the heaviest question of them all which is, to whom then do we still need to bring the gospel? If your answer were to be your neighbors, friends, bosses, and coworkers, then your answer would be only half correct. Yes, they need a prophet in their life reminding them the magnitude of God’s love, but what about those who not only don’t have a prophet in their lives, but don’t have the Words of salvation to save them either? The message was and is very clear that we are to go into “all” nations. If there are still areas that need to at minimum hear the gospel, then following in line with the Great Commission, should lead our next steps to them.

Great Missionary Lives: Samuel Zwemer

God calls us to not just go to the nice tropical holiday destinations (though these places are very much in need for the gospel as well), but also the hard, dry, and hot places. Samuel Zwemer, sometimes known as the Apostle to Islam, was a missionary for the hard places. He and his companion James Cantine wanted to go Arabia.

The pair selected Arabia as their destination because, as the homeland of Islam, it was the most difficult mission field they could find. They submitted their plans to different societies, including the American Missionary Society, but found no one willing the sponsor them. They were told it was foolish “to want to go to such a fanatical people.

Eventually they found a way. While we would not agree with all that Samuel Zwemer taught, his resilience and determination to go to a difficult mission field is an example to us to go into all nations, not just the easy ones.

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What We’re Reading Today

From F. Barton Davis’ Closer than a Brother: Unlocking the Power of the One Another Way:

This is not the way of the world, but we do not belong to the world. We are Christ’s church; our citizenship is in heaven. This is not our world; this is not our nation. We have our own country, our own culture and our own language. In God’s kingdom, heaven is our nation, the blood of Christ is our race, faith is our passport, love is our language, and truth is our own culture.