Randy’s Report on Africa - March 11 – April 3, 2017
As I reflect on my 3 ½ weeks in Africa, it is as if the worship service in heaven becomes clearer and louder in my mind. Revelation 5:9-10 reveals the song of the ages:
“Worthy are you (Jesus) to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you ransomed people for God from EVERY TRIBE and LANGUAGE and PEOPLE and NATION, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
“Africa has 3000 distinct ethnic groups, 2000 languages, home to the most genetically diverse people on Earth. So diverse that two Africans are more genetically different from each other than a Chinese and a European are from each other. Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent.”
God is giving us a huge vision for ALL 54 countries of Africa! As I pray for God’s work in Africa, I envision training key leaders in EVERY African nation in 5 years. Can this be done? Only by God’s grace and power.
Back to Revelation 5 – In this heavenly worship service, John sees the twenty-four elders holding “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8). As I see it, this universal plan of Christ can only be fulfilled as we pray and go. All of us can pray, and some of us can go; but together we push ahead with God’s Plan for His World.
Christ has died for ALL PEOPLE and EVERY PEOPLE GROUP, and His passion is to have EVERY TRIBE, LANGUAGE, PEOPLE and NATION worship Him. This coincides with Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the WHOLE WORLD as a testimony to ALL NATIONS (ethnos in Greek, “all ethnic groups”), and then the end will come.”
What is God calling us to do in these days before Christ returns? Take this gospel to all people groups by planting strong, self-sustaining, reproducing churches in their cultures. Who can do this best, but those who live near them? That is why we must train leaders who can multiply the gospel and churches throughout Africa.
And we have already begun!
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