For more than 45 years, missions has been my life. But when I read through the four Gospels trying to find the blueprint for missions, I found only one thing.
Jesus waited 4,000 years in heaven for the right time to come to earth; then He came to earth and spent 30 years in silence, and finally He ministered for three-and-a-half years. His number-one assignment was to pick a handful of people to change the world, and His job was to train them by living His life as their example.
But if I were Jesus, I think I would have spent at least half that time giving them understanding about how to fulfill the Great Commission. For example, I would say, “Thomas, there is a place called India. There is a place called China. I want you to go to those places. This is how you should do it, and these are the ways you are going to approach it.”
I would have given this kind of instruction to each disciple. But Jesus did nothing like this. The only thing He gave us as a blueprint were these words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34–35).
By looking at the stories in this issue of Harvest, it is clear to see that people embraced Christ because of one simple thing: His love manifested through His servants. The love you have shown through your generosity and prayers is overflowing to those who have never before experienced the grace of our Lord. Thank you for continuing to partner with our brothers and sisters in Asia to share Jesus’ compassion with the unreached.