Daily Topic for February 28, 2008

Mk. 16:7
"But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you'"

This word from the angel fulfilled Jesus’ promise to His disciples made earlier in chapter 14. Jesus promised that He would meet His disciples where He had begun His mission-in Galilee of the Gentiles. In a special way, the angel’s word was one given to Peter, who had denied knowing Jesus after passionately vowing earlier that he would never leave Him. The angel’s assurance that Jesus would appear to His disciples was a word of resurrection hope to Peter, and it is a picture of the Lord leading His people. Today the Lord Jesus goes before us into all the world.

Lord, we don’t want to lag behind You. We want to follow You closely and be messengers of life to the nations.

SIM Work in West Africa

SIM, also known as Serving in Mission, is building churches in West Africa and also businesses. Businesses? In some countries preaching the gospel is forbidden, so those who spread the gospel must be discreet. Even in open countries SIM farming experts, who teach people better farming methods, can win as many to Christ as traditional missionaries. SIM merchants have also opened spiritual doors in various West African countries by breaking the power of local monopolies.

“We’re always looking for committed Christians with innovative ideas,” said an SIM leader. This organization, once called the Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded in 1895, used to work only in East Africa. Today it is also a force for evangelism in West Africa. 

SIM is an agency that likes to think “outside the box.” They look for people with good business skills as well as a strong Christian commitment. “Our tentmaker missionaries must meet the same spiritual standards as our traditional missionaries,” comments one SIM leader.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to bring SIM the right people to further their outreach projects in West Africa. SIM seeks to make inroads in the business and diplomatic communities of many West African nations. Pray that God would open the right doors to make that happen. Ask God to give SIM leaders the wisdom to know where they should operate and which ministries to pursue.-WK

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