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Desktop Meditation: “A Lenten Journey” – YouTube.

I pray that this day you are blessed to remember that Christ Jesus died, conquered death and the powers of evil, and was resurrected.

Meditate on all He has done. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)

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Matthew 24:14 says:

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

While we wait for the Lord’s return, we must not forget that our role is to continue to bring the Good News to those who have not had the opportunity to hear.

How will they hear? One way is through Reaching Indians Ministries International (RIMI). RIMI‘s founder, Saji Lukos is passionate about reaching out to people living in India.

God is not slow in keeping His promise. He is patient with all of us that no one would perish but come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9).

God is good. If you are not involved in sharing His Word, please visit this website and consider how you might become more involved.

 

 

This week, while attending Perspectives, I met the founder of RIMI (Reaching Indians Ministries International). Rev Doctor Saji K Lukos spoke to our small class about strategic missions and the unreached peoples of India.

According to Operation World, Christianity has become the most global of religions and today, there is no country without a Christian witness. This is exciting and cause for rejoice.

Yet, there is still much work to be done. Understand that it is God’s work, but we who are called by His name are also called to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations (See Matt 28:18).

The Joshua Project estimates that there are a total of 16, 439 people groups. Of these people groups, 7.083 people groups have never heard the gospel or even met a Christian face to face (Joshua Project Oct, 2012). There are an estimated 2.9 billion people that are unreached. Most of these people live in the 10/40 window – the area between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north of the equator.

10/40 Window Map (from Joshua Project)

Considering that India has 1.2 billion people, it is not hard to guess that it has one of the largest populations of unreached peoples. Of the 2,605 people groups, 2, 338 are unreached (Joshua Project, October 2012). That is almost 90% of the peoples living India.

The numbers can be overwhelming and scary, especially considering that India can be a harsh place to go. It is severely impoverished, there is crime, and it isn’t exactly easy to get into India to do missionary work.

The first step would be to pray. The second step would be taking actions such as educating yourself about India and other countries where there are unreached people. Action must be taken. Not everyone can go, but many people can begin stepping up and giving their time and resources to help India.  RIMI will help you to partner with a child or a missionary to reach out to those who need to hear the Gospel message.

As William Carey, who was used to inspire many Christians into becoming missionaries around the world, said “expect great things, attempt great things” and I hope that you are motivated that there is still a lot left to do. God is not finished yet, and we need to listen to His call.

Are you called?

Resources:

The Joshua Project: http://joshuaproject.net/

Operation World: http://operationworld.org/

RIMI (Reaching India Ministries Internationa)l: http://www.rimi.org/

 

Can I ask you a small favor? Would you go to the Compassion website and pick a child to PRAY for? http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/sponsorship.htm

It can be a child with your birthday,  your child’s birthday, or an anniversary date that is important to you. What about a child with special needs or who is an orphan? There are teenagers who have had several sponsors and children that have been waiting over 6 months to even get a sponsor.

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose. Today, I chose a child who has special needs. Other times, I choose a child who has a birthday that day.

Go to it – pray over this child.  God will hear your prayers spoken for the needs of a child or teenager living in poverty. James 5:16 says, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/sponsorship.htm

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This weekend, I found myself a little peeved that there was Christmas music playing on the radio. I did learn that it is part of a CD promotion by KLOVE – hear the song, call in or something. Sorry, but I do NOT want a Christmas CD yet and I’m not thrilled about hearing any Christmas music before Thanksgiving.

I do not want Run Run Rudolph stuck in my head until April.

Speaking of songs stuck in one’s head, one that I love is the NEWSBOYS song, God’s Not Dead.

In the conversation about celebrating Christmas, someone uttered “Well, He died 2,000 years ago.” It was really a simple comment that was meant to continue some of the sarcasm about starting the Christmas-hype way too early. I didn’t say anything but I really should have said, “Our God’s NOT DEAD!”

How do YOU know that God is alive?

Our God is great! In a little over a week, I will be in Kenya. It’s scary, really. However, God continues to press the words “I will direct your steps” into my heart over and over.

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21, ESV)

I am hopeful that my steps in Kenya will be directed so that I can share what God is doing there. I pray that my ears and eyes will be open to see God’s work. And I pray that my mouth would be ready to speak what He would have me to share.

My smaller concerns are about the physical nature of it all.  I am curious how hot it will actually be over there and wonder what day my skin will resist my efforts to bathe it in sunscreen and change into a brilliant shade of red. I wonder what it will smell like in the slums of Nairobi. I wonder what the food will taste like and hope that I will not become too sick. I wonder how fragile my heart will feel once I see my two wonderful kids: Kawira and Wycliffe.

This video is Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is Our God” and he is accompanied by the voices of other worship leaders who sing in their native languages – Hindi, Indonesian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and then a Zulu choir joins the mix, and finally, Mandarin. It amazes me and I cannot wait to hear the languages that will be spoken in Kenya.

God’s love is living and active. He is present in all of the world and in every single one of our steps. I can’t believe that I am stepping forward to go to Kenya. I cannot wait to see what He will do.

My friend and her husband recently had the baby that they have been waiting for over the last few years. God’s timing is always right, but it is so beautiful to see a prayer come to fruition.

I’m elated for her. I actually did a little dance and told everyone that I knew – even if they didn’t care. Rejoice! Prayers do get answered.

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,

and your healing will quickly appear

then your righteousness will go before you

and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Then you will call and the LORD will answer;

you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

…..

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry

and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,

then your light will rise in the darkness

and your night will become like the noonday.

The LORD will guide you always;

he will satisfy your needs in sun-scorched land

(Isaiah 58:8-11, NIV)

I have been thinking on this verse. I believe that God is always interceding for us, His creation. He is willing. I know that there is probably a better way for me to say it, but I think about the way that when we pray and genuinely listen for His will, it will be easier when we do need to wait.

Part of the process of waiting is to continue serving God by serving others. It helps us to become less self-centered and selfish. Here, in Isaiah 58, there are multiple references to helping the needy. Be the hands and feet of God.  We don’t need to be the answer to our own prayer but to try to be the answer to the prayers of others – those who need food, clothing, and even comfort in a difficult time.

I don’t know that all of our desires are promised to us, but God does promise to meet all of our needs. Believe and hope. Hope does not disappoint.

God is the one who hears and answers prayer!

It’s good to invent things, but it can be hard too. I like this poem because it reminds me of all that it takes to invent anything – even a horse. And what if what you imagine doesn’t necessarily need you? What if the very thing that you put all of your love into and all of your heart and soul doesn’t even want you or know how to love you back?

Maybe that begs the question -were we created or did we just pop out of thin air?

Inventing a Horse

By Meghan O’Rourke

Inventing a horse is not easy.

One must not only think of the horse.
One must dig fence posts around him.
One must include a place where horses like to live;
or do when they live with humans like you.
Slowly, you must walk him in the cold;
feed him bran mash, apples;
accustom him to the harness;
holding in mind even when you are tired
harnesses and tack cloths and saddle oil
to keep the saddle clean as a face in the sun;
one must imagine teaching him to run
among the knuckles of tree roots,
not to be skittish at first sight of timber wolves,
and not to grow thin in the city,
where at some point you will have to live;
and one must imagine the absence of money.
Most of all though: the living weight,
the sound of his feet on the needles,
and, since he is heavy, and real,
and sometimes tired after a run
down the river with a light whip at his side,
one must imagine love
in the mind that does not know love,
an animal mind, a love that does not depend
on your image of it,
your understanding of it;
indifferent to all that it lacks:
a muzzle and two black eyes
looking the day away, a field empty
of everything but witch grass, fluent trees,
and some piles of hay.

Meghan O’Rourke, “Inventing a Horse” from Halflife. Copyright © 2007 by Meghan O’Rourke.  Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.