By guest blogger, Ralph Shead, LATM
Recently I had the privilege to be at Good News Production’s morning prayer time as a visitor. An unexpected treat was that Jason from GNPI had scheduled to Skype from India so his NOMaD training class could interact with the GNPI people in Joplin.
One of the three teams said that they were glad to have Jason as a teacher; they wished the training could last 6 months. Another team reported that their project was to expose the awfulness of the caste system, which is so much a part of daily life there. These are people who are living for Christ and wanting to share, in an ever widening circle, how our God loves people and wants them to come close to him.
David Lall interpreted the Hindi into English for us and told the brethren there what was spoken to them from our end. Everyone in India waved their greeting and good will in Christ to us in Joplin, and we responded likewise in joy. Their enthusiasm infected us!
We ended the Skype call by praying together.
In each of the Great Commission passages Jesus is in a new place and emphasizes something different. We are most familiar with Matthew 28 and Acts 1, but the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and John also record words of Jesus sending out his followers to the whole world.
“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48.)
What will happen in all nations? “Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in all nations.” He didn’t state it as a command here, he gave it as a promise of what will happen. I’d like to be a part of that, wouldn’t you? He will bring it to pass whether we help out or not. It doesn’t all depend on us. If we fail, or if we forget, or if we just sit and watch without helping, the Lord will still make it happen! Let’s pray for it to happen. Let’s be a part of helping the nations hear!
Thank the Lord with me for Jason and his eager students. They’ve chosen to be helpers.