Why Christian Mission Trips Don’t Actually Help.

Why Christian Mission Trips Don’t Actually Help.

I hear a lot of Christians who, whether their students of mine or people I’ve met, who have said, you know, they’re going to another country to go on a mission trip. hey’re going to go during winter break or spring break and they’re gonna, you know, bring the love of Jesus, or bring some Bibles, or maybe try to help build some shelters or something.
And so there’s this ambivalence I have regarding mission trips.
And what always comes to my mind, and maybe this is just because I am a teacher, is this program called Teach For America.
John Piper: Evangelism

John Piper: Evangelism

I invite you to open your Bibles to Psalm 67.
Let the Nations Be Glad as a title came from this Psalm, and you’ll hear it. I’ll read the seven verses of this Psalm.
May God be gracious to us and bless us  and make his face to shine upon us, That your way may be known upon the earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him! Amen.
So what I want to do is go back in history a few hundred years for a few minutes, then go out to the world and update us on what
God has done since that historical moment, and then go into this text and listen to the Word of the Lord concerning the nations of the world. So let’s go back first a few hundred years. The missionary endeavor of the Protestants in England burst forth out of the soil of a very rich Reformed, Puritan theology.
You remember the Puritans. They were the pastors and the teachers between 1560 and 1660 who wanted to purify the Church of England in accord with the theological and practical teachings of the Reformation.

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Underground Churches in China

Underground Churches in China

Few places in the world are seeing the explosion of God’s power like the underground Church in China is experiencing and in the last 60 years china’s communist government has done it’s best to wipe Christianity off the map
What you are about to see is some of the rarest footage on the planet in this church the people wake up at four-thirty to come together for two hours to pray and worship they do this every day this church meets in the only place they are safe a cave this church meets on a farm far away from prying eyes here’s
An example of an underground church outreach the people sitting are Christians the people who are standing are not this particular preacher was once crippled but was healed
When someone prayed for her she now preaches the good news of Jesus to anyone who will listen in this particular meeting over 1000 people became Christians
Here Christians cast out demons from an 18 year old girl she’s now a preacher in shanghai alone there are over 3,000 house churches just like this one one thing Dennis pointed out to me was that most of the underground churches in china are actually led by young people these kids have all come out of the communist system and they want nothing to do with it they only want to spread The love of Jesus to everybody
They meet this is a music school well that’s the cover anyway
it’s really a training school for students who want to be pastors the government thinks they’re simply learning to play instruments one thing
I quickly realized about the Chinese church is that it’s a lot different from the American one for one thing they think a four-hour sermon is short in this church service
it’s a hundred and twenty degrees inside the building the people meet for 12 hours straight Dennis told me one story about a time he went to a very remote village in China to preach he was led into a large room where the people were packed so closely together that he had his back to the wall and could reach out and touch the row in front of him
everyone stood there was no room to sit he asked how long he should preach for and they told him from 8:30 to 7 at night then they asked him if it wasn’t too much trouble could you come back tomorrow and preach from 8 :30 to 7:00 again and then very sheepishly they asked again if you’d be so kind could you come back the day after that and preach from 8:30 to 7:00
he asked how often he should take breaks and they told him not to stop the people will wait then he asked them what he should preach on everything they replied from Genesis to Revelation and then it dawned on him these people had no Bibles
After the death of Mao Zedong the Chinese people cheated by a false god began to search for the true God for the first time in their lives people from the lowest levels of society came face-to-face with God’s unconditional love with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and with the knowledge that in God’s temple they had value and dignity how could they not rejoice like everyone who has received the most precious gift in the world Here is God’s presence
Here is the God’s Word Here is the anointing from the Holy Spirit Here is a different world When brothers live together in unity How good and lovely it is
It is as if the dew of Hermon Were falling on mount Zion Love is here Peace is here Light is here Life is here
The blessing from God are all here If you want to find him Come to Jesus Christ the first time I went to church I felt the atmosphere there was really good I found true meaning in life
I found peace that I never felt before peace in the Lord so I can say without reservation
I will follow God for the rest of my life after the service my soul felt especially sweet and joyful Lord how wonderful it will be if we can meet like this every day for 3 nights overwhelmed with joy
I thought Lord what have I received where am I so feel joy no money I have no family I have nothing and you know I was absolutely sure that this joy came from heaven.
The Heartbeat of God: A short film about the church in Mongolia

The Heartbeat of God: A short film about the church in Mongolia

God’s will for alienated people can only be seen when we look at the cross of Jesus Christ Because when Jesus died on the cross He died for all people.
He died for every soul that lives in darkness.
In Mongolia, there is a dark legend about the Mother Tree which is considered the gateway to the spiritual world
And they believe that if they find a clearing with only one tree then they found the Holy Tree and worship it.
Mongols are nomads, they are constantly moving. following your herds without stopping always looking for the next place But they are nomads not only in the physical world, But also in the spiritual.
And so we went to Mongolia with one purpose Listen Because when you listen to the stories of alienated what you hear is the heartbeat of God.
This is Dolgor She began a ministry that takes care of hundreds of homeless children. who live in a local landfill.
Many of these children are abandoned by their families. and some freeze to death every winter.
But every morning, buses arrive at the landfill and take the children to the city. where Dolgor gives them free education and food She also produces clean water in a landfill,
And he builds houses near the source so that the children live in them.
When we arrived at this garbage place, we saw one gentleman who was carrying a huge bag.
I immediately opened the window and took a picture.
This picture shocked me and remained in my head forever I don’t think that I have the courage to approach him to tell him that God loves him,
He will look at us and perhaps say. “Why should I believe your god?” “Your god is not good to me” Jesus did not just talk about love, he showed it.
He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and comforted the suffering. We realized that we could not just appear and preach to them.
We should have earned the right to speak of our faith, Proving that God also takes care of them.
(Narra is a Mongolian shepherd) In 1993, my family was in a very difficult, poor situation.
One of the missionaries shared the gospel with us I was very young and did not understand him.
But one night I just prayed and He said “You are my daughter” Naraa realized who she was and to whom she belonged.
She became a pastor and founded a church full of children and youth,
With lively worship and Sunday school. But her church, like any church we visited, is fighting for survival.
Mongolia’s economy is indeed in poor shape. The unemployment rate is 27% Most Mongolian people suffer from the economic situation. Therefore, it is very difficult for the church to support its pastor.
There are pastors working full time as taxi drivers. The other pastor we met, Pastor Harleon, has no assistants and alone is the pastor of two separate churches.
I really saw how blessed the Chinese churches in the United States are. But when we look at churches in Mongolia, We see our brothers and sisters
Everything that was given to us should also be given to them, because we are brothers and sisters. As a businessman, I believe that I can overcome everything I can overcome everything through my own abilities.
But the fact is that yesterday we saw that we were facing a huge poverty problem and I realized that I can’t do anything about it. Then the question arises: “God, why did you put me in such a situation?”
God does not call us, because we are capable of everything. because when God calls us, God appoints us.
God does not call us, because we are capable of everything. God has called me, and he wants me to answer the call. not because I can do anything but simply because He called When God called pastor Sofda, she replied: and when she told her husband, he left her. When God called Pastor Heshegi, she also answered: and when she decided to found a church, her father-in-law denied her. But these are the ones that the world rejects these are the honored guests at the king’s table.
See, our God is not like their sacred tree that can be found.
Rather, he sees the lost Sick oppressed orphans and widows and he searches for them until he finds them. and he invites us to do the same. To talk about the gospel that was once told to us.
Bring the wandering dawn of His green pastures. and finally take a break from the search.
Take orphans in the family and homeless to the house. This is the heartbeat of God and for those who hear it, let obedience be our goal compassion on our behalf and His glory is our reward.
The Mother Tree burned down in 2015, ending the pagan era in Mongolia. Currently, more than 50,000 Christians live in Mongolia, and there are more of them.
Biblical Basis of Missions / God’s Heart for the Nations

Biblical Basis of Missions / God’s Heart for the Nations

The Bible is an incredible text made up of 66 different books written by more than 40 authors over a span of 1,000 years.
It is not just a compilation of a bunch of different stories. Or a self-help manual. Or, even a
devotional book.
It is one cohesive story from Genesis to Revelation, the story of God’s glory.
Let’s take a look at His story. In the beginning, God created everything for Himself and His glory.
At the pinnacle of that creation He made man so that God could share Himself with others. We were told to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with the glory of God.
But man decided that God couldn’t be trusted – that he was holding something back from us.
We decided to live for ourselves instead of for God and this filled the earth with sin and selfishness. The generations of man had soon gone so far off track, in fact, that God flooded the entire earth and started over with a man named Noah.
When Noah stepped off the ark, God told him the same words he had told Adam, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” Once again, however, humanity looked to give itself honor instead of God.
Because they all shared the same language, it was easy to communicate and cooperate.
\So they made a plan.
At a place called Babel, they would build a tower up to the heavens and, in doing so, make a name for themselves.
They labored to build their own kingdom rather than obey God’s command.
They had made the same mistake as each of the generations before them.
Since mankind had ignored his message to spread his name and his glory throughout the earth, God took matters into his own hands.
He scrambled the languages of the people so they could no longer communicate easily with each other.
In that moment, God had formed the many different tribes and peoples of the world.
So the different people groups spread to the north, the south, the east, and the west.
Out of those nations, God chose a man named Abraham and made a covenant with him.
God told Abraham that he would bless him and all his descendants turning them into a great nation that would bless all the other nations.
God eventually called this nation Israel and he began to demonstrate his glory through them in many ways. He gave them a set of laws to live by so that they could live separate and holy lives from all the other nations.
In doing so, they would become his royal priests, mediating between God and man.
By living out his commands in the sight of the nations, Israel would encourage people to love God and love others. God also gave Israel a special geographical place on the earth strategically located in the middle of all other nations.
It was in this Promised Land that Israel would be a light to all nations – showing them the path to God even in the darkness of the world.
Sometimes Israel would live out this calling well, understanding God’s desire to bless all the peoples of the earth through them.
Other times, though, Israel would fall into the same trap that humanity had again and again – glorifying itself rather than glorifying God. When Israel got off track, God intervened.
Sometimes he raised up prophets to remind them of their mandate to bless the nations with the blessings he had given them. Other times he would discipline his people by allowing them to be taken captive by other nations.
Regardless, God used Israel, even in their disobedience, to make his name great throughout the earth. But all of this was just the beginning of what God had in store.
In all of its ups and downs, Israel grew hungry for a promised Messiah
King who would establish an everlasting Kingdom that would never be defeated.
That, of course, leads us to Jesus. God sent His son Jesus to earth for 33 years to dramatically demonstrate the Father’s love for both Jew and Gentile alike. Yes, he was from King David’s bloodline, but his genealogy had both Jews and Gentiles in it. His first worshipers  were the wise men – Gentiles from the east. Angels proclaimed
that His salvation would be for all peoples. Even his baby dedication identified him as
a light for revelation to the Gentiles. Time and time again Christ reminded his disciples
(who considered themselves “God’s favorite”) that God’s plan from the beginning was to
bless all peoples. His life modeled this message perfectly. He became angry when the Temple wasn’t being
used as a “house of prayer for all nations.” He told parables about the kingdom of God
being a kingdom for all people groups. And he preached good news to Jews, Gentiles, rich,
poor, educated, and uneducated alike. Jesus served Canaanites, Samaritans, Romans, and
Greeks. He was (and is) a true Messiah for all nations. He lived a perfect life, died a perfect death,
and rose again with a perfect resurrection. Then, he commanded us to “Go, make disciples
of all nations!” The perfect words to sum up his ministry. He told us that this gospel of the kingdom
must be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all of the ethnic groups, and then the
end would come. We saw the beginnings of this when the Holy Spirit filled the disciples
at Pentecost and told the wonders of God in all the different languages of the world.
We saw it continued when Christ called Paul and other apostles to preach the Gospel to
the Gentiles. It continues even now. We are waiting for
the end that we see in Revelation when the Lamb of God (Jesus) has purchased, with his
blood, people from every nation. Those people will form a multitude that no one can count
from every tribe, tongue, and people group, worshipping and saying, “Salvation belongs
to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” That’s the story of the Bible. A single,
cohesive story from cover to cover. God’s story. The story of His glory among all the
nations, but it can’t come to fruition until all nations have heard. He invites you into that story. He invites
you into that mission. What part will you play?