Recently, I’ve become increasingly interested in the Student Volunteer Movement. In the late 19th and early 20th century, there was a move of God through His people that saw thousands of laborers, primarily college students, mobilized to the unreached people of the earth. These young people were so moved by the Gospel they pledged to give part of their lives to catalyzing discipleship overseas. They were a generation willing to put life on hold as they took personal ownership of the Great Commission.
Something awakens in me when I think about that movement.
THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE STIRRING THAN SEEING A LIFE FULLY SURRENDERED TO JESUS.
Nothing shoots more passion into my heart than when I see individuals sacrifice for the Kingdom and other people. It has been a gift to interact with men and women who have given up values of the world such as comfort, convenience, beauty, money and security for the sake of Jesus and His Church.
Through the years, this question has become part of my calling:
HOW CAN THE CHURCH BE AWAKENED TO TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS TO THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW HIM?
I don’t know about you, but even with dreams of disciples making disciples in my heart, sometimes life is so busy and complex between work, family and friends that it is a win just to make it through the day. But when I step back, search the Scriptures, look at the Church and consider the needs around the world, I remember I have a part to play. Like many of you, sometimes I just need a starting point for how to get involved.
In the spring, leaders from the Antioch Movement were a part of a gathering in London with representatives from other ministry organizations that are committed to finishing the Great Commission. Out of those meetings, the Antioch Movement was asked to take the lead in partnering with local churches to be involved in mobilizing laborers to areas of the world where people have never heard of Jesus.
As we have learned, to see something catalyzed, it often takes projects people can rally around. In processing this with others at the meetings, we felt the Holy Spirit directing us to engage Southeast Asia with a special initiative in the summer of 2018. It seemed significant that this effort would be a collaboration of teams from like-minded, like-hearted churches from around the world. From this leading of the Lord and the many dialogues that followed, ENGAGE THE ISLANDS came about.
This summer, our family will be leading out in Southeast Asia by overseeing the headquarter base where interns and short-term teams will arrive for training before being sent out to one of our bases.
We are thrilled to be a part of ENGAGE THE ISLANDS! We are expectant that across the nation we will engage the lost with the story of Jesus, and, by God’s grace, see groups started that will catalyze a church-planting movement and reach the unreached. We believe these kinds of rally points create synergy and momentum not only for saturating one region with the Gospel, but also opportunities to equip believers, mobilize laborers and develop movement mentalities in our churches as well as the larger Body of Christ. Come join us as we follow the lead of Jesus living amongst the unreached!
To learn more about how you can be a part of ENGAGE THE ISLANDS this summer, visit engagetheislands.com.