Who Will Go? (Part 2)


Who Will Go? (Part 2)

Isaiah 6:8


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.

 2. Some Place Where God Sends Them
There are many places where there are Christian workers & missionaries that have to be kept in secret due to the threat of violence and harm. In some places, there is a real threat of danger to those that seek to serve God in foreign fields. If the candidate for service isn’t truly called and sent by God, then there is a potential for disaster. However, there is a true story of God’s protection for those that serve Him:
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.”

Obviously, God can move in any way that He chooses to move. I know that God has proved that He WILL protect those that serve Him. We see this in the life of Paul and Silas in the jail at Phillipi and in other places. Our Lord has laid out a plain and simple plan to protect, preserve and provide for those that have surrendered to serve HIM! Not only to those people but even to those that obey His voice. 
Psalms 84:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Today as we remember the stories of the missionaries, and their service from the past, let’s remember that the same God that HAS provided, is more than able to CURRENTLY provide. Today if you’re facing a crisis or something that is causing you to question, just remember what God has done for you in the past. If He has done it then, He is more than capable of doing it today. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Faith is the fuel that powers our vehicle of service on our journey with The Lord. Without fuel, you will never experience the real power of the Lord. Let’s all get our tanks filled from the fuel station called “The Word Of God” which gives free fill ups. All it will cost you is time! In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about another missionary, from the past, who braved death to reach the world with the gospel. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 


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