This fella was about five years old when his Dad & Mom invited Pearl Fustey, International Worker (IW) to Taiwan, to come and make supper in their home. I think it was on that occasion that I first began to think that God wanted me to work for him as a missionary. After 36 years of mission work, I have returned to Canada with my wife, Brenda. I have a burden to continue to be used to reach the nations with the Good News of Christ’s victory. It’s a huge privilege to be able to help CPD churches grow in their obedience to Christ’s last command. I look forward to what He has ahead for us all together.
In the December 1st article that introduced Brenda and me as Missions Coach, it was said that we would be doing several things. Maybe that’s what a Missions Coach does. Let’s have a look at those things and see what might happen.
Help our Churches Better Understand Cross-cultural Ministry
In his book, A Wind in the House of Islam, David Garrison explains one of the major barriers to the task of reaching Muslims with the Good News. He says,
Most Christians admit to knowing little about Islam or the ways God is at work in their world to reach Muslims. Too many others simply don’t care. For centuries, Americans have had the luxury of living in a hemisphere far removed from the old war with Muslims that beleaguered Christians in Europe for more than a thousand years. All of that ended on September 11, 2001.
. . . The good news is that God has not ignored nor ever ceased to care about Muslims. His Spirit has been blowing steadily through the House of Islam, and the wind is building. It is time for us to shake off our slumber, our ignorance and apathy, and catch up.
As it applies to reaching Muslims, these are a couple of the biggest problems keeping the Church of Jesus Christ from fulfilling that last command to all nations. Not knowing and not caring keep us from getting the job done. We need to learn more about the peoples of the world, and their ways, so that we can cross the barriers that block our message from reaching them. I hope to be able to help many learn more about the peoples of the world and cultivate a thriving care to reach out to them.
Connect with Other Alliance IWs
A big part of the solution is to increase exposure to IWs in our fellowships. God used that wonderful IW, Pearl Fustey, to change my life. The CPD leadership wants to help churches and families get together with, to know, and to love our IWs. Some are already here and available for ministry in our churches or maybe for just a get-together of some informal sort. They are:
|Paul & Janelle||Desert Sand|
|Mike & Maureen||Asian Spice||Leaving April 2018|
|Joze & Jocelyn Reverente||Desert Sand|
|Tom & Sally||Asian Spice|
Some will be coming to Canada for home assignment this year. They are:
|Don & Betty Orr||Silk Road||Silk Road||2/1/2018||8/30/2018|
|Thu & Hanh Nguyen||Asian Spice||Taiwan||6/1/2018||6/1/2019|
|Terry & Sandra Dyck||Asian Spice||Indonesia||6/1/2018||8/1/2018|
|Lisa Rohrick||Desert Sand||Niger||7/6/2018||7/7/2019|
|Ralph & Ruth Shareski||Silk Road||Germany||8/1/2018||1/31/2019|
|Maida Anderson||Silk Road||Spain||9/1/2018||12/31/2018|
Grab some of these people to minister in your church when they get to Canada!
Potential Seamless Links
I will do all that I can to help churches make a connection through a Seamless Link with IWs. We need to find ways to stretch the few IWs that we have in the district around to all the churches. We can do it!
Mission Trip Destinations
I will do all that I can to help churches organize and get ready to make the most of mission trips. Envision is putting together wonderful possibilities that will serve to get many people out working hand in hand with our IWs around the world.
And More…What Could That Be?
I am looking forward to the creative stuff the Lord is going to put out there for us all. He wants His Body to be involved in seeing disciples made of all nations. I would appreciate your prayer for me as I jump into the job. May the Lord work powerfully through us all to see that job moved toward completion for the glory of His Name.