This video is of an offering devotional given by John Pearson at Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. It was a blessing to me and I believe it will be to you also.
March 24, 2016
The date above may just be another day for many, but for our family it is a very special day, a day we have been working toward since March 17, 2014! Lord willing, on March 24 we will be leaving for Argentina! This date was chosen after prayer and consideration of the remaining support we need. God is blessing, we have more to go, and we believe in these last months God will raise our needed support. Please pray for us that we will see this happen by March.
August was an incredible month. We were in 6 different states presenting our burden for Argentina. We had several churches partner with us this month in reaching Argentina! September has us in 6 different states as well. We have several mission conferences during this month. Our hope is that God will work in the hearts of His people to further the Gospel in our Generation. With each meeting we are drawing closer to the conclusion of our deputation.
Patrick, Leslie, Lily, Piper, and Ivy Henry
I read the caption a few weeks ago in August, “More than 11,000 people had been evacuated by Tuesday (August 11, 2015) from parts of Argentina’s largest province after heavy weekend rains caused rivers to rise quickly.” These floods that hit Argentina every so often are hard on the Argentines. Their lives are totally changed. One woman’s testimony was that this was the third time she has had to leave her home because of flooding. In tragic times like this, a Gospel-preaching church could be there for these communities in an effort to advance the Gospel. That would be great if there were churches like ours in their neighborhoods. For many Argentines, there is no Baptist church to help them. Pray with us for Gospel laborers.
Where We Have Been: We were in Baton Rouge, LA on Wednesday night. Pastor Buchanan and the church were very kind to us. I was able to present and preach. I had several of the church tell me that God worked in their hearts. To God be the glory.
Where We Are Going: We will be in Kings Mountain, NC this Sunday morning and in Sylva, NC this Sunday evening. I very much enjoy what God is leading us to do. Sharing our hearts with fellow believers is something we feel very blessed to do.
We are continuing on in our blog series, “Questions I Am Asked.” From time to time I am asked by good folks who believe God wants them serving in their local church, “I don’t think God is leading me to the mission field, but how can I get more involved in missions while serving God here in the States?” That is a great question! That is the focus of today’s post.
A common misconception in churches across America is that the task of world evangelism belongs on the missionaries. You will not find any such teaching in the New Testament! The task of world evangelism does not lay on the missionary, but on churches, and when you boil it down, churches are made up of believers. The task of world evangelism belongs on believers. Not everyone will be missionaries, taking the Gospel to another part of the world, but every believer ought to be involved in world evangelism. The question is, “How?” Here are a few ideas…
- Go on mission trips. Your church supports missionaries, make plans to go spend a week with one of them. There are missionaries that are planting churches and training men in almost every part of the world, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, and South America. Getting a glimpse of what God is doing around the world will kindle a fire in you that very few other things will.
- Correspond with your missionaries. Know them, know their names, their countries, their families. Email with them or use a type of social media to stay in contact with them. Ask them how you can pray for them. Send their families cards/letters, or even a small box of gifts (if possible).
- Learn more about the countries around the world. There are all kinds of ways to do this. Operation World is a great option. You can learn about the need of every country around the world.
- Pray with other members of the church for your missionaries. Get others involved by praying with them for your missionaries before or after a church service. Knowing your missionaries and praying for them together will knit your hearts together for the cause of world evangelism!
There are many more things that you can do to get more involved in world evangelism. These are just good examples. God is working around the world, get involved in world evangelism!