Jesus told us to share the Gospel throughout the world
Just as Jerusalem wasn't fully evangelized before the early believers spread abroad
neither should we expect America to be completely
evangelized before we send missionaries to other countries. As Americans, we
are tempted to be ethno-centered and reason with the natural, rather than the
spiritual, mind. The natural mind says, "Why worry about others out
there?" The spiritual mind adjusts to Scripture and says, "The field
is the world. We cannot separate 'out there' from 'over here.'"
While at Antioch, Paul and Barnabas were called to evangelize in distant
lands, even though Antioch had plenty of spiritual needs. We must lose the
"God is a white American" mentality and renew our minds in
Scripture, believing what we would sometimes rather not believe. Human logic
must be exchanged for the teaching of the inspired Word.
In North America, 27.9% of the population claim to be evangelical believers. In Asia (with over 10 times the population), the percentage of Evangelicals is 3.1%. In the Middle East, it is less than 1/2 percent (0.4%). People in other lands need the Lord. We need to remember this, yet continue to minister locally as well.
In 2006 twenty-one percent of our church's tithes and offerings went toward missions and evangelism. The chart below shows how much we contribute toward the support of the following missionaries or organizations on a monthly basis. Many churches and organizations contribute to make up their total support.
Ed's definition: A missionary CROSSES CULTURES to share Christ or to translate the Word. An evangelist shares Christ WITHIN his own culture. Every Christian is called to be a witness and to share Christ, but the calling of missionary or evangelist is to be respected as a special calling.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA