Tuesday, April 4, 2017

We Must Act Now

Dr. Dan SchaferDr. Dan Schafer, president
The Call, April-June 2017

Today, around the globe, over 151,000 people will die with over 40 percent of those individuals entering into eternity with little or no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. These facts haunt me every day; I simply cannot escape them. These people could not make a decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior because they never even heard that He wants to be their Savior.

This is a tragic reality, but it’s not just the tragic nature of these facts that haunts me. I’m also deeply troubled with these questions: Has World Gospel Mission done everything God intended for us to do in order for as many people as possible to hear and respond to the gospel? Have we done our very best? Have I as the president of WGM done my utmost to lead this organization to have the greatest possible impact for His kingdom?

These questions have driven me to call upon WGM to double its impact over the next five years, including doubling the number of missionaries serving on the mission field. Jesus said we “will do even greater things than these” (John 14:12 NIV). Doesn't that suggest that we need to do more and greater things than we are currently doing? Doesn’t that suggest that we need to constantly expand our Holy Spirit-empowered efforts to achieve those greater things? This is the driving force behind this issue of The Call, in which we are pleading with our WGM family to obediently pray for workers to enter the plentiful harvest fields. 

It’s urgent that we act now! Tomorrow another 151,000 people will die, and again the day after tomorrow, and again the day after that. That’s over 1 million individuals who will slip into eternity this next week! In 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) it states, God is “not willing that any should perish.” As a Christian, you undoubtedly share that same heart, that longing that all will be saved. But “how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV).

We want to be obedient to Jesus and pray for workers. We can be especially confident of God’s positive answers to these prayers because we know we are praying in line with His will—He is the One who asks us to pray for workers! 

ACT: In Matthew 9:35-38, Jesus impresses on His disciples the need for committed people to reach out and help those in need—both physically and spiritually. Meditate on that passage this week and then visit www.wgm.org/serve, call 765.664.7331, or email recruiting@wgm.org to learn how WGM can help you on your missions journey.
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