MISCELLANEOUS MISSIONS NOTES
Convocation 2019 was a great blessing. All the feedback was encouraging. The Missions’ Panel carefully informed the saints about what the Lord is doing around the globe. During the night-time session Terry Maris yielded to the Holy Spirit, and he, and afterwards, Brother Tracy Harris ministered to many persons as the Holy Spirit swept over the room on an evening that will not be soon forgotten by any attendees.
People to remember in prayer: Brad Spurlock just ministered in London where the Lord moved mightily in services. He presently is in meetings in the Middle East and Africa where he will conduct some salvation/healing crusades in those countries and in other locations.
Robert Mawire will travel to Estonia soon to minister the word of the Lord to hungry saints there. Moreover pray that God’s might would reveal itself again for these brethren as they proclaim the Christ’s Gospel and take it to the nations!
NOTES FROM OUR HAYS, KANSAS EVANGELISTIC MEETING
Several supporters of our ministry had prayed for a move of God in their rural college town. On account of our radio broadcast, The Heartland Revival Hour, which airs in eight states, they invited me to come and spend a night and a day proclaiming the word. So about two months ago my wife and I visited there in order to meet and to pray with them about the ‘Fire in the Heartland’ campaign. It was an old-fashioned Salvation/Healing meeting.
The Jesus Movement swept through the district over 50 years ago. Women’s Aglow and the Full Gospel Businessmen once had chapters in the area. Things had died down quite a bit since, with many moving away or having died. Reapers for another spiritual harvest were needed. Folks were hungry for the Lord to return again in power in a special meeting. Advertisement of the gathering was made. Hundreds confirmed their attendance in advance. However, one large fellowship fought the meeting, sending out notices that stated the days of the supernatural were long past. Nonetheless, ‘no weapon formed against us could prosper’, and hundreds of people came from all directions, indeed as far away as Colorado, to a large newly erected steel building on highway I-70.
Praise and worship was led by a young lady from a church named Bethel, in Redding California. The Spirit of the Lord quietly descended upon us all. When I preached on David and Goliath, and tied it all to Jesus’ accomplishment on Calvary’s hill, I could see the conviction of the Holy Ghost upon many souls. And upon issuing the call for salvation and healing, hands went up everywhere and the place erupted with God’s presence.
Sinful people found salvation from their sins; drug addicts received deliverance; afflicted persons all over the building met the Great Physician; young people were set on fire as the Spirit of prophecy challenged them to obey God. One young man from the Democratic Republic of Congo was glad to be in an assembly that reminded him of services in his own country. Late into the night hands were yet being laid on people as they wept and stood there testifying about how the Jesus touched them that night.
To be brief, the Saturday morning Holy Spirit Rally saw 0ver 200 people there to learn about Spirit-filled operations and ministry. I dealt with the basic principles I learned from the book of The Acts of the Apostles, which I use when conducting evangelistic crusades here in America and abroad, anticipating signs and wonders. Thank the Lord for impartation through revealed truth. Multitudes were filled with the Spirit, speaking with other tongues. Much more could be said of all that God did. But there was one older couple told me with tears in their eyes that a meeting like that one had not been held in the area since the mid-70s. It is believed that this meeting is the beginning of something wonderful for those persons who live in that area. To God be all the glory!
Pray for WMF worldwide missions, and for rural/urban evangelistic outreaches in America!
Ruth 2:16 So she gleaned in the field…
The lack of food or jobs has spurred vigorous activity in the past, and in the present, on the part of individuals to depart from their homeland. There are many ways to perish, but dying because of a food shortage definitely is not an enjoyable one. That sort of crisis has led to many new beginnings. Take, for instance, the story of Ruth. It is a narrative that one must read in order to understand King David’s origins. Elimelech, Naomi and their sons had become expatriates in the foreign land of Moab. Elimelech made an earnest attempt to secure each of their futures. And although other destinations were more suitable, and Moab often is not favorably noticed in scripture, the family sought to leave behind Bethlehem’s severe deprivations. Yet death’s shadow did cast itself upon them on foreign soil: without warning, the men in the family died. The women were left to carry on. And carry on they did. Naomi and Ruth survived their grief and made it home to Bethlehem in time to enjoy the harvest God had granted.
But the journey home was fraught with memorable pains that later were pushed aside by an exceeding joy. In time, Ruth landed a job working in Naomi’s kinsman’s field. A good man, Boaz showed Ruth much grace. A marriage resulted, conception came, and the lineage of David was further established. Whatever David might have thought of his heritage we can only rejoice that Ruth chose to conform her life to the holy precepts of Israel’s God. The beautiful redeeming qualities of that account really foreshadowed the dazzling picture of redemption that later would be revealed in the advent of Jesus into this world to rescue his own brethren (and gentiles) from the harsh conditions of sin. Christ made room for us in his field of grace and blessings. So Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection continues to be told daily.
The message is the same, but the proclaimers of it and its hearers are different now. The Gospel trails millions of persons as they traverse the earth seeking safe havens, albeit Christ is mankind’s only secure refuge. Masses of people round the world live as expatriates in foreign lands, working there and sending money back home. Like Ruth, one should be industrious. God has little use for languid folk. I think of the numerous Pakistanis, Philippinos and Bangaladeshis, and others, that I once knew in Saudi Arabia who labored under all kinds of duress just to make a living. Weekly, they endured their crosses, while despising the shame of it all, knowing that happy days were ahead. And when Friday arrived, they boldly expressed their joy to God with dancing in all the house churches of Jeddah and Riyadh.
Those cottage meetings formed the nucleus of relations among their new Christian kin. Some of the abused workers never made it home for funerals of their blood-kin. A few of them buried their loved ones in a Muslim land with no chance of a Christian burial. The one thing, however, that I realized was that the whole labor-force population was a “Missions Field” that needed to be harvested. There were many lost ones among them. WMF lift your eyes, the fields remain ready to be reaped. We face a similar predicament today. Nationalities by the score are submerged in the USA’s melting pot. Each one needs to be evangelized, here, there, and beyond in other locales. Presently, there are thousands of Koreans in Kazakhstan, one by one surrendering their lives to the Lord; millions of Chinese are in Malaysia waiting to hear the Gospel.
A friend of mine, who is preaching in the Far East, recently told me in an email of a poor Christian man who was invited to come and work in tin mining in Penang. He was such a good laborer the Malaysian authorities asked him to go home and bring back more persons like him. He gathered as many Christians as he could. In time, they sent for and brought their wives and children there. Now the third generation of many of their descendants occupies top positions there in law, medicine and government.
If you work alongside or within an immigrant community, there is a lesson to learn here. God follows definite principles: ‘those who honor me will I honor’ (I Sam. 2:30), regardless of their ethnicity.
II Thess. 3:1: Finally brethren, pray for us that the Word of the Lord may have free course.
The Apostle Paul’s labors advanced the kingdom of God around the world. The hand of the Lord was upon him as he preached, and this evidence is noticeable in each chapter of the book of Acts wherever his name is mentioned. The same Holy Spirit that filled him fills all those who too have been baptized with the Holy Ghost by God. Several members of WMF are traveling presently or will be traveling abroad in the coming days. So please pray for their safety.
Remember Joe and Carolyn Beasley as they fulfill their mission of feeding hungry children and of raising up ministers of the Gospel in the Far East.
Terri Clark returns to East Africa and Jim McCool will return to North Africa. Both of them will encourage ministers, travel to various districts and will teach in local churches.
Brad Spurlock will hold multiple miracle crusades in foreign countries.
Pray for Christians in Indonesia where persecution of them continues. Recently a prominent Pentecostal pastor of a church with several thousand attendees renounced his faith in Christ and converted to Islam.
Do not forget our fellow saints who are incarcerated in Chinese prisons. Currently the government wants to restrict the use of the internet for Christian activity. And soon it may be illegal to use one’s home to meet for bible study with friends.
Vietnamese Christians in certain locations are experiencing revival; but God is pouring out his Spirit powerfully among the Burmese.
The door of evangelism remains open in Central Asia. Opportunities abound. Let us believe God that some WMF members will feel the burden to go there and spy out the lands. Moreover, let us not forget the many who serve full time in evangelistic service and/or on the mission field.
‘For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles’, Mal. 1:11
Malachi’s burden was a result of the word of the Lord that burned in his heart. His prophecies concern the respect and honor that Israelites failed to give to God. So blinded by their current desires they were oblivious to the manner in which they mistreated his name. They even dared to ask ‘Wherein have we despised thy name?’ Thankfully God informed them, as he usually does when his covenant-people step out of bounds. The Lord desires that his name be preeminent and prominent in all the earth. Patriarchs, priests, and prophets were responsible to keep the faith. On most occasions they did; but often they did not. Men, women and children learned of God’s precepts as individuals submitted to his will and proclaimed his majesty. From generation to generation they heard that ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…’, so says Ps. 24:1. It is a truth that inhabitants of the earth tend to forget. Some of them have not come to know it yet.
The account of redemption must be told. At the center of the Gospel report is Jesus Christ. When it is announced, powerful things happen. Stories of the miraculous excite one and all. Love for God and the unredeemed is the main reason that I enjoy speaking with God-appointed, missionary-minded persons. The sacrifices made by them to obey the Lord are great and numerous. The January meeting of the Missions’ Board in Dallas proved to be fruitful. Discussions on several topics were had. A number of trips abroad are scheduled for the year by various board members.
During last year’s Convocation a Mission’s panel issued global reports on what God was doing in the spheres in which some WMF members do labor. A similar session will be held during Convocation 2019. Like me, others apparently enjoy hearing all the testimonies. The supernatural activities of the Lord have not waned in these last days. They have increased, and our great God is doing wonderful deeds in the earth.
One proposal that was iterated suggested we attempt to get the youth of WMF churches involved with WMF missions. This action could be achieved by Pastors who encourage their youth to strive to raise funds annually for WMF missions, maybe through a variety of projects. The youth (or representative) then could bring the offerings to Convocation and be recognized on Mission’s night. Moreover, we would like to remind each fellowship to remember WMF missions when each 5th Sunday approaches. Let us make 2019 a year of fasting and of prayer. Good things are happening. We are pleased with all the reports we receive monthly. Be encouraged: pull hard, the end is almost in sight. Jesus is soon to come. So we must work while the work can be done.
Until the Whole World Knows His Name,