Yesterday was a fantastic day! I’m in Weslaco, Texas with Jason and Katie Church (a couple in our church who feel led to move here and do ministry as missionaries to plant a church in this community and continue the work our church has been involved in Progreso, Mexico. I also have with me Craig Church, my brother-in-law, who is a missionary evangelist. He’s going to be partnering with us to do ministry here (evangelism) through small crusades called, Impact Festivals. Also, Clete Jarvis (who is bilingual) and is a member of our church is here to translate.
Yesterday we were able to re-establish contacts with folks in a housing project that is going to be the nucleus of where we sense the Lord is leading us to join him. Why? Because He’s already at work there. He has drawn the lives of several families to Him in that project. We talked to a man, named Adrian and his wife Kat. If you may remember, I had the privilege of leading Adrian to Christ in June. He and his family were ecstatic to see us, as we were them.
Adrian says, “We are a forgotten people here.” He said the white churches don’t want us and the Hispanics that do go to church are Catholic. I told him we were planning on starting a church in the spring and he and Kat were overjoyed. He said, “Why do you care about us? Why are you doing this?” I told him because the Lord has led us here. It’s that simple.
We talked to another lady who has been a huge help for us in the housing project. Her name is Keeka. She has a heart for the people in the housing project (about 400 units) and she said, “I’ve been praying someone would come.” It reminds me of the Macedonian call the Apostle Paul received. He had a vision of a man begging him to come and share the Gospel. We sense that same call.
You see, Jesus called us to be witnesses for Him? Where? Just in our own backyard? No. There…yes…but, also in Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Weslaco is our Samaria. When we reach out to share the Gospel…we must remember that Jesus died for the world…not just for white Americans who live in our town or community. We sometimes get to be very isolationist in our witness and we think we can only invest time and money in our own neighborhoods. I disagree with this philosophy because it’s anti-Scriptural.
Jesus said to go and be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the world. It’s like ripples in a pond…they expand from the stone drop…
The mother church in Jerusalem and ultimately even from Antioch…where believers were first called Christians, sent out missionaries. They sent them hundreds of miles to spread the Gospel. The book of Acts details these “Acts” very succinctly. What a privilege to be a part of God’s work in our Samaria…in Weslaco…and to the ends of the earth…in Progreso, MX and Alaba, Ethiopia and around the world.