Daily Topic for January 17, 2007
Dr. Ralph Winter has observed that throughout history when the people of God have failed to share the gospel with the peoples around them, He has often brought the peoples to the gospel-sometimes even with great force. Israel’s idolatry and selfish failure to take the good news to their neighbors led to the siege of Jerusalem. Today’s church has failed to take the gospel to all the peoples of the world, and so God has brought the peoples to the church’s shores, most often not as military conquerors but as refugees, students, and businessmen. Are we willing to share with them our spiritual and material abundance?
Father, help us to respond to wonderful opportunities for ministry to “newcomers” in our own communities.
“Next year in Jerusalem” is a familiar phrase uttered for generations by the Jewish Diaspora around the world. But, another group is saying, “In 15 years we will be in Jerusalem!” This is the ambitious goal of the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA). Despite persecution from Muslims, the church is very alive and well in Nigeria, home to the largest 50,000 seat single service auditorium. Many argue that the Nigerian church is the largest and most vibrant in Africa.
NEMA’s strong zeal and fervor for Christ has initiated an ambitious goal entitled Operation Samaria with its Vision 50:15, meaning that 50,000 Nigerians over the next 15 years will take the gospel through the North African nations back to Jerusalem where it started. Many top mission leaders and agencies are involved in this endeavor and are actively recruiting, training, and sending missionaries from Nigeria.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Thank God for this Holy Spirit inspired vision, and we pray “that He who began a good work in them will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Pray that God will prepare hearts and minds to readily accept the gospel message and that entire villages and communities will come to Him. Pray that persecution of Nigerian believers will strengthen them spiritually.-JS