The Bible Encourages Mission
In that the Bible is our rule of faith and practice, we believe it is full of teaching that all Christians and churches should have an vision for, and be supportive of both home and overseas mission. To this end therefore, in this section we will mention those individual missionaries and Christian organisations that we feel that Lord would have us support, both by our prayerful interest and by our giving.
From passages in the Old Testament, such as Psalm 2:8 – “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession”, Psalm 96:3 – “Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people”, as well as Isaiah 45:22 – “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else”, plus many others, are all helpful in our understanding that mission was in the mind and heart of God, even before that first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
Go Ye Into All the World ……..
It was indeed our Saviour Himself, who gave that well-known instruction to His disciples in Mark 16:15 – “And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That Great Commission to evangelise all peoples has not yet been withdrawn, we are therefore to play whatever part we can – and for some, probably most – that part may be comparatively small, but we are still to take it seriously!
We are all ‘called to serve’, and for some, that serving also means ‘going’. At Crich Baptist Church we count it a great privilege to be able to offer prayerful, and in some cases financial support, to a number of those dear missionary friends who have responded to our Lord Jesus Christ’s words, by leaving all, and following Him wheresoever that has led. As you will see if you examine the individual names and Christian organisations in this section, our Home and Overseas Mission interest takes in four of the five continents, and six nations, seven if you include the United Kingdom.
Joseph Soko – Harare, Zimbabwe
Gilbert and Emily McAdam – Wick, Scotland
Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) – Manila, Philippines
Susanna Clarke – Preparing to serve the Lord in Uganda
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