When we were in Rostov, Russia a few months ago, we met a young couple planning to start a DTS (Discipleship Training School) with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in far east Russia. We appreciated their heart for the Lord, and their passion to reach people with the gospel in Russia.
They have asked me to come and share for the week of Sept 15-23rd. I’ve asked fellow missionary Simeon Ewing to join me as Deb is much too pregnant for the 12hrs of flying.
We started the year praying and believing for new doors, and directionally towards Russia. This will be the 2nd trip to Russia so far this year as we continue to take faith steps.
Who would have thought that a year ago Ukraine would have overthrown it’s President and be warring in the East? The Ukrainian / Russian relations are being strained to say the least – Whether you are talking on the street, or listening to a sermon in Church, the current struggles are on everyone’s minds and hearts in this part of the world.
I believe God knows the heart of man. He knows that in spite of our intentions, without a spiritual work and transformation, we are bent towards evil, selfishness, and destruction. The humanistic worldview that permeates our global culture preaches that man is good. This is not what the gospel teaches – Jesus didn’t come for good people, he suffered for wicked, lost, and undeserving rebels, and everyone in between!
The coming of Jesus Christ, if you believe Him to be the Messiah, was an indictment upon all flesh. He came to seek and save the lost. We cannot rectify or sanctify our state without His help. We are all truly lost, truly gone astray, and desperately deceived if we believe otherwise.
Lately, this world seems to be increasing in terrible events and news. Perhaps it’s the globally connected world we live in, bringing to our finger tips the evil with lightning speed and convenience. In any case, there is no righteous country, or people group that is exempt from the judgment of God, nor His amazing mercies. The Kingdom of God is the primary residence of His redeemed – this world, thankfully, is not our home!
I move forward through open doors because I believe God leads. I feel His heart for the hungry in spirit, the seeking but not yet found. He is looking for volunteers to go into this world and make disciples. This mission is not for a select few, I believe it’s for all of us. It’s a mission that takes us into our own communities, families, and workplace. It’s a mission to young and old alike, singles, marrieds, Americans and even Canadians.
Thank you Lord for allowing us to follow you to new places. May your Kingdom continue to grow in spite of the evil days.