Are we missing opportunities to learn from churches on the mission field as we are supporting them?
As an evangelist, I have been involved with Eurasian Missions for a couple of decades. I became a Christian in Moscow, Russia in 1995 and have led churches in Russia and Ukraine before moving to the United States in 2004 and leading stateside. Because I have been involved with missions on "both sides of the pond" I had a chance to experience first hand the amazing impact of the spiritual and financial support of North American churches in a place where Christianity has been brutally persecuted and banned for 75 years before 1991.
I want to share with the churches what I have observed in our sister churches in Indonesia.
|Worship service in Jakarta.|
In the past ten years I have been privileged to travel literally all over the world visiting churches in the ICOC fellowship. I have had the wonderful pleasure of teaching to more than 150 churches in nearly 70 countries. My observation is that everywhere I go I see a few churches “holding their own” spiritually, but the great majority are growing in faith, in zeal for God, in raising up visionary leadership, in the teaching ministry and in reaching out to the needs of our communities.
In my travels, to me, the Indonesia family of churches stand out in some really important ways and I want to share what I have observed with the rest of our fellowship. First let me share a bit about Indonesia. It is a unique country in many ways: