Monday I posted a video underlining the fact that one billion people today do not even have the opportunity to hear the gospel. Staggering! People are daily slipping into an ETERNITY of torment without ever hearing the name of the Rescuer.

As I’ve reflected on this, two thoughts have surfaced in the quagmire of my mind. First, how amazing it is that in the providence of God I was born into a family that spoke about the gospel regularly. It was the assumed and spoken truth of the worldview I was raised with. This is undeserved graciousness. I know that I’m repetitively redundant. I’m trying to underline how blessed we are to live in a country where the gospel can be clearly heard. We’re doubly blessed when we are raised in a family where the gospel is part of the warp and woof of everyday life.

Second, the Golden Rule ought to move us to do what we can so that others might hear the good news. In my post the other day I cited Matthew 9:37-38 which says, “Then he said to his disciples, ‘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.’” How we ought to pray and give so that others might hear.

Last night we had the privilege of meeting with Walt and Rosanna Jacoby. Walt is our Village Missions District Representative. It was an evening of great food, warm fellowship (Put Ora and Doug together in the same room and you can guess what happens.), and an implicit challenge. Walt not only presented the current financial difficulties the Mission is going through but he also highlighted four Village Missions works in Arizona. We heard about places like Meadview and Double Adobe, communities similar to small towns in our broader neighborhood like French Gulch and Manton. Village Missions is a great blessing to many of the small, out of the way communities that would have no gospel witness if it weren’t for the Mission.

We might be tempted to think that our resources ought to focus on the billions who will spend today without ever hearing about the true God. Certainly, we should be driven to do all we can so that others might hear. At the same time, we also have a responsibility to our nearer neighbors, those whom the Lord puts in our path. I believe this is a fair application of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

What can we do? Most important: pray. Our God is all-powerful. Second, we can give. A tenth of what you give to Bowman goes to the Mission. But, you might also consider directly supporting the Mission. Village Missions is looking for people who will support them by giving a mere $20 a month. There are also forms in the church foyer if you are interested in helping in this way. Finally, you, or someone you know, might be a good ministry fit with the Mission. The Village Missions website can give you more information if you are interested.

We’ve been blessed because we’ve heard and hopefully responded to the good news. Like the lepers in 2Kings 7 who discovered that the Syrian siege was over we need to say, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell …” (2Kings 79).

 

Let us pray and give. Matthew 9:37-38 says, “Then he said to his disciples, ‘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.’”