Who Will Go? (Part 2)
“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
The following article comes from the China Inland Mission – The article can be found here.
The China Inland Mission (CIM) was established by James Hudson Taylor on June 25, 1865. Eager to reach the inland provinces of China with the gospel, the mission prayed hard and sent out waves of workers to China throughout the late nineteenth century.In 1900, a group of Chinese called the “Boxers” set out to exterminate all foreigners in China in a reign of terror during which hundreds of missionaries and Chinese Christians were put to death. The China Inland Mission (CIM) lost 79 people. Taylor died in 1905 after 50 years of active service for China, and D.E. Hoste, one of the Cambridge Seven, was appointed mission director.
Many missions pulled out in 1948-49, but the China Inland Mission (CIM) was one which attempted to stay. Having so decided, the China Inland Mission (CIM) took a further step of faith and brought in 49 new workers to Shanghai in 1948 and in 1949. It eventually became plain that the continued presence of the missionaries was causing suspicion and harassment for the Chinese believers. In 1950, the momentous decision was made that, in the best interests of the Chinese church, the China Inland Mission (CIM) would withdraw. The mission began again in East Asia, establishing headquarters in Singapore.
A new name, Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), was adopted in 1964 (changed again to OMF International in 1993) and the old name (China Inland Mission) was dropped. Asian Christians also began to be accepted into membership during this period, and home councils were formed in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia. Today, nearly 20 percent of OMF International’s membership comes from Asia.
The nations of East Asia are still teeming with thousands who need to receive those “glad tidings” that Hudson Taylor sought to bring to the furthest points of China, and God is still leading. OMF International currently has nearly 3,000 staff, field workers and committed volunteers from 30 nations—1,400 of those are workers reaching out in East Asia. In 2015, a fellowship-wide celebration will take place to recognize God’s faithfulness to OMF International over the past 150 years.
OMF International is still breaking new ground in the most dramatically changing region of the world—whether in outreach to more than 100 people groups, working with disadvantaged children, seeking new ways of evangelizing the unreached of Manila, teaching and influencing students in Taiwan and Indonesia, pioneering a witness among the Malays in South Thailand, translating the Bible, or living as “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-14) in countries closed to traditional missionary service. OMF International missionaries are giving their energies towards building a strong church in the countries of East Asia.
A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan.“While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies.
This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured.
I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.
Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, ‘Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.’ At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite.
The young man pressed the point, however, and said, ‘No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.'”
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the Michigan congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story:
“On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?”
The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary wasn’t concerned with who they were; he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26!
This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways.”