In the month of July, we are going to celebrate the works that God is doing around the world in and through this congregation. On July 1, missionaries Kent and Angie Morton will share about the work God is doing in and through them in Albania. Kent grew up in this congregation and is one of the missionaries supported by the mission’s team at Faith Chapel. On July 8, Ally Musselman, our youth coordinator, will share about her mission trip to Peru, South America, and what God is doing there. Then on July 22, Pastor John Kiviiri will be speaking at Faith Chapel. John is the African contact of Kuandaa International, the organization I will be traveling with in September as our team leads trainings for local pastors in Uganda.
All of this is showing me that God is active in every part of our world and he invites us to be a part of that. Our God is so big! God’s kingdom is in Albania. His kingdom is in Peru. His kingdom is in Uganda. His kingdom is in northeast Indiana. We are a part of something so much bigger than we can even fathom. According to United Nations estimates in June of 2018 the world population is around 7.6 billion people. And God loves each and every one of us the exact same. There is not one of those 7.6 billion people that God does not know the number of hairs on their head. There is not one of those 7.6 billion people that God doesn’t know every detail of their life. There is not one of those 7.6 billion people that is so far from God that Jesus cannot rescue them from their sin.
A world of people are out there. Many are far from Jesus. According to 2010 statistics 31 percent of the world population was Christian. If the statistics hold true today that means there are roughly 5,244,000,000 people who are away from Jesus Christ and who are going to spend eternity away from God.
Jesus was right when he said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). We have a lot of work to do. And I know there are objections to worldwide missions because there is plenty of work to be done in our neck of the woods and it is true. According to statistics from MissionInsite there are roughly 1800 people within 5 miles of this church who don’t have a church home. We do have work to do here. But we also need to know that Jesus calls us to be a global church as well. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus says, you have work to do at home but everyone needs to hear the message of Jesus and if you know the gospel message that you are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, then you are asked to share that story wherever God may send you.
So we have a chance this July to hear what God is doing around the globe. Let us rejoice and be glad that God is allowing us to be a part of his work in our community and beyond.