Recently, Ian Nicholson from the 24-7 Prayer International team travelled to South Asia with Frontiers to explore the impact of long-term mission. Here, Ian shares some of his experiences:
Mission simply means to be sent and God, at His heart, is a missionary who sacrificially sent His Son to those living with no knowledge of His love or good news.
Jesus’ call to go and make disciples is core to church history, and there are inspiring stories of those who have left home and family to share the good news of God’s love in the nations.
Earlier this year, I was part of a group of church and ministry leaders, invited to join a team to South Asia; one of the most unreached nations in the world where over 90% of its population are Muslim.
We share our experiences here through a great series of videos and although it was a lot of fun, it was also a humbling experience. We met incredible people demonstrating that the call to pioneer disciple-making, evangelism and church planting is still very much a reality.
“Why should anyone hear the gospel twice before everyone has had a chance to hear it once?” - Oswald J. Smith
This challenge is hard to ignore, and throughout our trip we were moved by the passion of Christians taking Oswald J. Smith’s call to mission seriously.
Local leaders shared the good news of Jesus effectively and boldly, all of the time aware that they could lose their lives by doing so. Missionaries shared how they had sowed decades into remote locations with no church or witness.
We also became acutely aware of the hunger that people have for the love of God but also the spiritual conflict for it to be heard and understood.
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
- Romans 10:14
As Christians who are part of the global church we are called to pray, take action and perhaps even relocate long term to share Jesus’ love with the world.
It is a challenge that confronts us but also one where we can partner with God to see His Kingdom come in places where He is not known.