Who Will Go? (Part 1)
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
Who will go? Where will they go? How will they get there? These are some questions people ask when it comes to missions. Let me answer these questions in a visual way:
1. Surrendered People Will Go
A. The Callahan Family – Missionaries to Okinawa, Japan
This family decided to serve the Lord in Japan and now in Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is a small island off the coast of mainland Japan. It is home to the United States Marine 3rd Marine Division & 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. There are about a dozen bases on Okinawa, to include 1 Army Post, 1 Naval Post which contain the Island hospital and 1 Air Force base. However, most installations are Marine Corps, to include the one which contains base housing. Reaching the population of locals and the military presents a challenge and tremendous opportunity to reach an ever changing and diverse group of people. Chuck Callahan, is an outgoing and friendly man of God that uses every situation to incorporate the gospel message into conversations. His wife Susan, is a friendly and caring Godly woman. She makes everyone that she meets feel at home and important.
The word of God tells us to have compassion, so that we can reach the world. Jude 1:22 “And of some have compassion, making a difference:”. Being a missionary isn’t just preaching and teaching but it also involves sharing love, compassion and empathy to and with others that may or may not be able to reciprocate. This family and their children have been a blessing to me and mine as well. We pray for them weekly. I encourage everyone to reach out to them and just drop them a line of encouragement and let them know that you’re praying for them. I have also included their church’s Facebook information above as well, for those that are on social media.
B. Missionaries to the Tribal People of Kalimantan, Indonesia – (Island of Borneo)
Indonesia is a transcontinental country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Name derived from Latin Indus (India) and Greek nesos (island). It Straddles the Equator. It is 3,200 miles long from east to west. There are about 17,508 islands. Indonesia is slightly larger than three times the size of Texas. It Borders Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia.
Fourth most populous country in the world.
Largest population of Muslims in the world.
Population of 240,271,522 (July 2009 est.)
Java is the most populated island in the world with 180,000,000 people.
Capital – Jakarta
Independence Day – August 17, 1945
National motto – “Bhinneka tunggal ika” = “many yet one”
National language – Bahasa Indonesian
Natural hazards – occasional floods, severe droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, forest fires.
Natural resources – Petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, rubber, bauxite, copper, gold, silver, coal, and fertile soils.
Climate – tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands.
Disease risk – HIGH
Food or water borne: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A,E and typhoid fever.
Vector borne: chikungunya, dengue fever, and malaria.
People groups – 688
Infant mortality rate – 30 deaths per 1000 live births.
Religions: Muslin 86%, Protestant 6%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, unspecified 3%.
The Island of Borneo
· Third largest island in the world
· Larger than state of Texas
· 18 million people total population
· Population almost doubled in past 20 years
· 4 million tribal people
· Composed of three sovereign countries
- Brunei –small nation on north coast
- Malaysia – North 1/3 of island
- Kalimantan, Indonesia – South 2/3 of island
· Rich in natural resources – gold, diamonds, timber, oil, gas and coal
They have a really unique family with a truck load of talents. They have several CDs out which are very good and inspirational. They are very humble people with a very humble family that loves to serve the Lord and to encourage others. I especially like their son, he is like a modern day MacGyver. I encourage you all to reach out to this family and to encourage them to continue for the Lord.
2. Some Place Where God Sends Them
There are 196 countries in the world and about 80% of those countries have a Christian gospel footprint. As crime and terrorist activity increases, more people will seek the loving knowledge of Jesus Christ while sharing it will become more dangerous. This is the place where a missionary had better be called of God and sent to their location. Where God sends a missionary, He will protect them and their families, according to His divine will. However, you don’t have to go to a foreign field to be a missionary. Most mission work starts at home in your own back yard.
A. Evangelist Lou Difilippantonio – Golden Land Baptist Missions
The mission of GLBM is to spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in Myanmar and the Buddhist World by providing food, clothing and shelter for widows and orphans, establishing Christian schools to prepare young hearts, training and sending indigenous pastors and missionaries, and planting local churches.
Lou has personally told me of several experiences that he has had during his time on the road preaching and teaching in these churches at home and abroad. “Bro. D”, as members at my home church call him, is a very kind and compassionate person that loves to talk about the Lord. He is a no nonsense type of person also. He is not afraid to tell you what he thinks about sin and wrong as it aligns with the bible. For this quality, he is well respected. Reach out to this man of God and send him an email of encouragement.
3. Support of The People Of God’s Local Churches
It is no secret that Jesus established His local church to send forth missionaries to reach the world, set up more churches and send forth more laborers. This is our recipe for success and global evangelism. It has been said that each person has the ability to reach 200 people for Christ per year. One local church has the ability to multiply these statistics. Too often, we are selfish, stubborn and sightless. We only see in our own realm. If it doesn’t fit in our plans, we won’t do it.
We need people that will be Joshua’s and say, “As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord” and then go out and do it. What about you? How are you supporting missions? How are you helping to reach the lost world for Christ? Are you just sitting in church being filled and doing nothing to help others come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Shame on us if we neglect so great salvation! I encourage everyone reading this devotional to reach out to the missionaries above and send them emails of encouragement. Let them know that you and your families will pray for them. In so doing, we refresh them and reverence God. In tomorrow’s devotional, we will share more missionaries and their work. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.