Monday, January 26, 2009

Missions and the persecuted church!!!

Check out this site, i'm amazed more and more by the lack of knowledge there is about what goes on around the world.
Missions is about truth and it's about the glory of God, first!!! This is primary above all things, perhaps in the abundance of prosperity much more may be done. Yet that's never instead of proclaiming the gospel to a dying world, all the help and good that could be given is like a mere bandaid without the proclamation of the gospel and planting of churches. Yes we have much to do in America, yet it can't be ignored that there are places that are in far greater need!
Since this is true, we should put the bulk if not all in supporting those who will proclaim the gospel, who will establish local churches and that based upon solid doctrinal foundations.
The local church is NOT to neglect it's greater body of believers, the people of God across the world and the proclaimation across the world.
One great resource, for staying informed about what's going on and more than lifeless data, but a compassionate look at what believers are going through in various places check out http://www.persecution.com/
sign up for the FREE monthly newspaper, and get the FREE book (tortured for Christ). This book is about the founder (Richard Wurmbrand, Sabina (WIFE)) who went through INTENSE persecution and saw amazing displays of God's grace: Here is a couple of bits from their lives:
In 1945 Romanian Communists seized power and a million ‘invited’ Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen and engaged in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers.
That same year, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand attended the Congress of Cults organized by the Romanian Communist government. Many religious leaders came forward to praise Communism and to swear loyalty to the new regime. Sabina said, “Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ.” Richard warned, “If I do so, you’ll lose your husband.” She replied, “I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband.” Thus Richard declared to the 4,000 delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty is to glorify God and Christ alone.
Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed one million Gospels to Russian troops, the books often disguised as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On December 30, 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was proclaimed.
Richard Wurmbrand kidnappedOn February 29, 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and assigned as ‘Prisoner Number 1.’ In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a laborer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son Mihai alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison. A doctor masquerading as a Communist Party member discovered Richard alive in prison. In a general amnesty, Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight-and-a-half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. Afterwhich Richard went back in 1959-1964.

Later, Richard moved on to the United States, and in 1966 he appeared before a U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist and revealed eighteen deep torture wounds on his body. His story spread rapidly, leading to more and more speaking engagements.



My preference? http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/ , because they proclaim a gospel according to truth, based first upon the Glory of God above the condition of men. The are apart of a local church and seek to see local churches planted and edified. They are concerned to distribute and even translate good materials (study bibles, tools and theology) in order to EQUIP the leadership they support. They also hold conferences to bless and equip missionaries, which are native-missionaries. Good stewardship, the support of native missionaries is enormously cheaper and more fruitful than foreign missionaries. I do know that the conferences they had in Africa through Mbewe's church, the speakers paid their own way; Jeff noblit, Voddie Baucham, and Martha Peace.
check this answer to one common question:
2. How can a native missionary be as qualified as the American missionaries with a university or seminary education?
That depends on what you consider the qualifications to be. Do you measure a man of God by a diploma from a university, or by biblical knowledge, godliness, the Spirit’s power, and zeal? In my ten years as a missionary in Peru, I met indigenous missionaries of whom the world is not worthy. These are men who would stand for hours and preach while being mocked and beaten and having goat urine poured on their heads. They would preach until their persecutors grew tired, sat down, and listened! I know men who look like toothless, sandal-footed beggars, and yet they have started ten or fifteen churches. One of the greatest examples of the truly qualified missionary is Angel Colmenares of Peru. He is an indigenous missionary who has been used of God in a movement that has left hundreds of churches in its wake. Several years ago I asked a friend to accompany Angel and me to a Bible conference among the mountain people of the Northern Andes. He accepted even though he was scheduled to travel to Brazil to attend a conference advertised as “the greatest gathering of missionary minds and strategists in the history of South America.” Before the Bible conference, my friend and I accompanied Angel as he walked through a garbage dump looking for a discarded car battery that he hoped he could use to power his microphone for open air preaching. As we walked through the garbage, my friend looked at me and said, “I was scheduled to go to the greatest gathering of missionary minds and strategists in the history of South America, but here I am walking around in this garbage with you and this little beggar of a man who has started more churches than all those mission experts put together!”

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