Doing Heavenly Work in Hostile Places

An American missionary, gunned down in Haiti last week, “has caused churches to reflect on how spreading God’s word can put them in some of the most dangerous places on the planet”. How will the church in America respond? How will our GBC family respond? We have missionaries in some “dangerous” places, involved in teaching and discipling, Bible translation work, sex slave and orphan rescue operations, hospitals administration, and church planting. What seems like compassion from our (Western Christian) perspective is viewed as a hostile invasion by entrenched “powers”…both spiritual and political. Yet, our God is “Lord God Almighty” or “Lord of Heaven’s Armies” as one translation reads. He sent Jesus, His one and only Son, to earth to show us what He looked like. He sent Jesus, His one and only Son, to rescue sinners by giving up His own life on the cross in payment for the sins of the entire world. But He rose from the dead, breaking forever the chains of sin and death. The war has already been won. And the promise to us is eternal life.

Take some time this week, first to thank, praise, and worship Him for His great love and power and the absolute guarantee of His promises. Then talk to Him about His work around the world, particularly for those from our GBC fellowship, who have left “the safety of America” to serve in dangerous places.

Ask God to bless and protect, but more important to reveal His glory around the world. “Jesus…told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” [Mattew 28: 18-20]