The Gospel is Spreading in Hard to Reach Places!
September 27, 2017
By Dr. Carey Akin, Minister of Missions
This week, like every week, Mt. Bethel is having an impact for the kingdom in a number of ways. I wanted to take just a moment to highlight a couple of things that are going on this week that, through your funding of missions, are making a difference in hard-to-reach places.
This week, there are two conferences happening with International Leadership Institute (ILI) in places that are making a difference for the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are not familiar with ILI, over 200,000 people have been equipped in more than 100 nations to share the gospel effectively through eight core values of Christian leadership. We have been a strategic partner with them since 2007. (If you want to know more, check out their website)
This week, Christian leaders are being trained in both Nigeria and India. Mike Denton and I have traveled to India to be part of the faculty at the conference in a place where the population of Christians is extremely low. In Nigeria, we are also helping to sponsor a conference where a fresh outpouring of God has been found in some tough places. Many of the leaders there are hungry for training so they might be more effective. I am not naming either of these places by specific location to ensure that we don’t draw any undue attention and make the challenge even more difficult for those who are disciples where so few exist.
I felt compelled to type this up in my hotel room in India as I was praying for what God is doing and is going to do in both of these places. I felt convicted to share it with our congregation, so you can join me in praying for these Christian leaders and the impact they can have because of this week’s meetings.
Probably the number one thing I hear each month in our mission committee meetings goes something like this, “God is using our church to do so many things in missions for the kingdom, but we need to do a better job of getting the word out.” So this is me trying to do a little better job of getting the word out, not to give Mt. Bethel UMC or anybody any credit, but so you can join us in prayer and hopefully be as excited as we are about what God is doing in our community and around the world. My prayer is that you will continue to feel compelled to give and go so we might do even more to spread the gospel, even more into a world that desperately needs it. Thanks so much for joining us in this journey!
Dr. Carey Akin, Minister of Missions