Daily Topic for February 19, 2008
Jesus had just called Matthew-a tax collector, a despised “sinner,” an outcast-to follow Him. This disturbed the Pharisees, who would not associate with such people. But Jesus’ response was as convincing as it was clear: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is the state of countless millions in our world today. Outcasts, despised minorities, oppressed peoples: are they within God’s scope of concern? In fact, our Lord focused His concern on them. Should we not do the same?
Savior, give us Your sacrificial love for the despised and oppressed.
We read earlier in the month about the explosive missionary outreach of Nigeria. Ghana is another West African nation that is accelerating in their mission efforts. They are using some of the same techniques as the Nigerians for maximizing evangelization efforts.
The Ghana Evangelical Missions Association (GEMA) was officially inaugurated in 1990. It brings together all the churches, be they mainline, Pentecostal, Charismatic, or indigenous. Among their stated objectives are these: “To unite Christian mission related organizations in the country so as to carry out the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit. To promote cooperation among Christian missions and mission-related bodies in Ghana. To eliminate wasteful duplication and to pool resources, and to create a forum for the sharing of strategies and techniques.”
The northern sector of the country is mostly unevangelized. Twenty-eight unreached people groups have been identified. Rev. Sampson Dorkunor, President of GEMA, appeals to nationals, “Your church, association, group/fellowship alone cannot provide the answer for all the needs…. It must be a joint effort from the body of Christ.” He urges Ghanaian nationals to get involved financially, prayerfully and personally.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to prompt His people in Ghana to pray, to give and to go to their unreached neighbors.-JS