Final Frontiers – ZB Missions Month (July 2020)
Written by Sharon Quek
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matt 24:14 (ESV)
From the “Unstoppable Gospel” (2019 missions month’s theme) where we learnt about the amazing unstoppable power of the gospel in our lives, workplaces and the WORLD, we, as a church, moved on to focus on “Final Frontiers” this year for missions month.
Ps Haoren, Ps Alby, Ps Dev and Ng Zhiwen, brought the word of God to us and we explored Paul’s heart to go where no church was, and contemplated the cost of what it means to boldly go where the gospel has not yet gone. This could be anywhere, whether nearer in Singapore, in our own social networks, or globally.
Prayer Circles, Prayer Meetings (Mondays & Fridays)
In all, we prayed for groups in the Muslim, Hindu, Tribal/Ethnic, and Buddhist religious blocs. Prayer circles averaged 7-10 persons while Prayer meetings had between 35 to 50 persons. Prayer Circle participants enjoyed watching prayercast videos while learning and praying together in small groups for specific frontier people groups each week. Each Friday, different AGs hosted the meetings and we had a special time of prayer for a Frontier people group as well.
Just this past Friday (31 Jul), Friday prayer fellowship participants were able to hear the first-hand testimony of Bro. AB who had a very troubled childhood and who was prepared by the Holy Spirit to encounter Jesus through Christians who were sent to him. Now this brother is passionate about reaching his own people for Jesus and to bring His love and life to them.
Missions Webinars (Wednesdays, 15 & 22 July)
On 15 Jul, over 70 participants online had a great time learning about the final frontiers of the gospel here in Singapore. Jose Philip from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) shared helpful insights from God’s Word on unreached peoples right here at our doorsteps. It involves being willing to enter into brokenness and to let the light of God’s love shine through in real, practical ways to those in our communities that may be really hard to reach. Two other guest speakers then allowed us to hear first-hand stories of how Jesus’ light and love make a difference to communities that have few opportunities to encounter Jesus. These are things we can do while here in Singapore.
On 22 Jul, about 60 participants explored what God is doing in the final gospel frontiers in our WORLD. Christy Lim (from Interserve), Mark Syn (from Pioneers in Asia), and David Tan (from Wycliffe Bible Translators) shared personal and passionate stories of how they personally were involved in reaching the unreached through their particular agency’s focus/ strategy. It was really impactful to hear the many creative ways God is reaching out to a world through His people.
As God’s chosen channel of blessing, we want to take seriously God’s heart for ALL peoples, not just our own. Among the many good takeaways from our “Final Frontiers at home” webinar, Ng Jit Chin wrote this as a personal takeaway after hearing the personal sharing of the guests : “May God make me uncomfortable with my inaction.”
Church, let us seriously consider how we can be going to areas where none have heard about Jesus. And that may mean just starting where we are with going to people near to us first and praying hard for those further away.
Please fill in the response and feedback survey to help us understand how missions month was for you: https://tinyurl.com/FeedbackMM2020
Do consider and pray for these follow up items:
- Praying personally for frontier peoples
- Coordinate prayer for my AG for a ministry partner or people gp.
- Join the missions interest / prayer group to continue learning and praying for missions (facilitated by Sharon and team, once a mth, for 6 mths)
- Talk to someone about mission opportunities (in Singapore and beyond)
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