Why Southern Africa?
I wish I could tell you how many times people ask us, "Why do you go to Africa?" Sometimes I ask myself that too. And then I see a picture like the one above...
The photo was taken at the first youth conference ever held in this remote, rural, often forgotten district in Malawi. During the conference, one of the young men in the photo wandered into the service wearing his white prayer cap identifying him as a muslim. He sat through the service, and when the invitation to come follow Jesus was given - he walked to the front. In many places, winning people to Jesus takes years and years...but in Southern Africa - people are responding to the gospel message in massive numbers. Our challenge is to conserve the harvest effectively so that people go beyond walking to the front and praying a prayer. Jesus called us to go and make disciples. Making disciples takes time, and depends largely on the commitment of the local church. The young men in this picture have already made plans to follow up with the young former muslim, and we believe God is going to do a great work in his life.
From beginning to end, scripture declares the relentless love of God for all people. Jesus came so that all people could be redeemed and transformed, and Jesus remains unwilling that anyone perish.
In many areas of Southern Africa, people live in small outposts like this one and have no access to the Gospel. Can you imagine? In our western context - we can turn on the radio, the television, the computer or pick up a book at any moment we choose and have instant access to the gospel. We must not forget those who do not enjoy that privilege...and we must make the gospel increasingly accessible to all people for it is the power of God for salvation!
There is a great need for missionaries to serve in Southern Africa. Right now, we have one missionary for every 5.5 million people. We believe God is calling others to join our team, but something holds them back. Would you join us in praying the Lord would call and release laborers into Southern Africa's ripe and abundant harvest field?
Why do we go to Africa? Because Jesus came to us. He is our example.
Thank you for praying for us. Thank you for reaching Africa through us.
For the cause of Christ,
Lance & Mindy