Dear Church Family,
Having freshly returned from the New Wineskins Anglican Global Missions Conference this past week, I am so excited about the work that is occurring globally for the spread of the Kingdom, although, there is much more work to be done. I wanted to share with you a few heartbreaking statistics. Currently there are:
- 7,153 unreached people groups
- 3.19 billion unreached people
- 40 million in slavery
I would like to draw your attention to Matthew 25:35-40:
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
We are so fortunate to have a church body that has robust missional focus, a desire to serve the poor, and a yearning to spread the Gospel both locally and internationally. Recently, I received figures from Kim Motley that the Race for Rwanda raised a total of $63,000 thus far for the school in Shara, Rwanda. Praise God that this is more than enough to cover the cost of the land and 6 classrooms that Compassion International requires. A special note of appreciation to our church body, volunteers, sponsors, and to Kim Motley for her leadership and service on behalf of our friends in Rwanda.
Please prayerfully consider how you will be involved in missions this year. Is God prompting you to give sacrificially or to fully tithe the church to enable us to give more to reach the poor and unchurched? Is He calling you to serve locally by serving meals to the local poor, teaching English to local refugees, or mentoring the homeless or imprisoned? Is He asking you to pray for the unchurched or the missionaries working in the field? Is He calling you to go on short-term mission trips or to serve in long-term missions?
Praying that the Lord will move in each of our hearts and that we will respond to His calling.
With a heart of gratitude,