Just about anyone who has followed the call into foreign missions over the past 50 years has done so at least partially by the inspiration of Nate Saint, Jim Elliot and their 3 companions who gave their lives for the gospel. Today, I stood in the same Ecuadorian jungle that now rings with songs of faith from the lives of those same Indians who have found love, joy, peace and grace in the Lord.
Thanks to great ministries like HCJB, Wycliffe Bible Translators and Missionary Aviation Fellowship (among others), God’s work has not stopped here despite the most difficult of circumstances. It’s times like this when you count it a privilege to stand side-by-side with those who chose to fight the good fight and finish the course. Is the course finished in Ecuador? Depends on who you ask. Ecuadorian churches are now sending missionaries to other tribes and countries. Their radio ministries are reaching out beyond their borders as well.
The collaboration of the saints to effectively deliver the gospel message has been part of the missions design integrated by Christ Himself. It was with great joy that we take the baton from those who have carried it before us in this great race that we run.
I’ve never been so excited about mission work and mission partnerships – which when properly formed and configured can reach an entire country with the gospel. As WBFJ maintains our on-going partnership with HCJB Global, we look forward to assisting their efforts in some of the neediest areas of our world. As we enlist your participation in this effort, each of us can do so with the greatest of confidence that someday someone will stand to testify like I did today about the changed lives that can change an entire community.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2