Daily Topic for April 20, 2007
God calls people to Himself and then prepares them for a work of service. An indispensable agent which God uses for this calling and training is the local church. While the Antioch church was “worshiping the Lord,” and ministering locally, God was also preparing some in that church to be sent out to distant lands. God works the same way today. The local church is called to worldwide mission, and as a body, it must sense the Holy Spirit’s calling of some to “go.” Then it sends them with its blessing.
Father, may our churches follow the example of the church at Antioch, ready and willing to hear and obey Your Spirit as He calls many to missionary service.
“How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14). New Tribes Mission (NTM) works in many ways to ensure that the tribal peoples of Bolivia have the opportunity to hear the good news that Jesus died for them. Missionary Jack Russell and two Simba couples are translating God’s Word into the Simba language. When the Simba people heard Jack Russell and Felix Avendonyo teaching in their own language during a three day Bible conference, they were “wide awake.” Several made professions of faith. The translation work is on-going as the missionaries continue to reach new Simba villages.
Another way the people are hearing about Jesus is through radio. A Christian radio station has asked NTM to provide programming for the Simba people. Another station, the Horeb Bible Radio Station, reaches out to the Chimane tribe through their broadcasts. A NTM family, the Johnsons, labor together. Bruce Johnson is the technician for the radio station. Wife Jan helps host the Chimanes who come to the center, and daughter Kara works with the young people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for lasting fruit to come to NTM work with the Chimanes and other remote tribes: the Ese Ejja, the Trinitarios, the Ayore, and the Yoras. Pray for God to prepare the hearts of these tribal peoples to believe and accept the Word, and spread it far and wide.-JS