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I am very excited to share that I will be traveling to southeast Asia this holiday season. Below is my sending letter. I wanted to share it here and also let you know that I will be traveling ahead of the team from PPBC (with another IMB team) on December 17. This will afford me the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with God and my friend who is serving in this area, as well as experience some additional opportunities to reach the unreached. The numbers are staggering. Three couples for over 4 million people who have not heard of Jesus Christ! In a few weeks, I will have the opportunity to share with my church about how God broke my heart for the unreached. It’s kind of a “part 2″ to my testimony from the spring (which you can watch/read here). In unity, let us send and go to our neighborhoods and to the nations! The only other option is to disobey.
According to www.joshuaproject.net, there are 5,924 people groups in what is known as the “10-40 Window” (the most unevangelized area between latitudes 10 and 40) who would qualify as unreached with the gospel. This means they are born, live their entire lives, and die, having never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. That is almost three billion people. As we at PPBC follow God’s command to make Fully Devoted Followers, we feel God is calling us to do our part in global disciple-making to change this situation.
A discovery team from Parkway Place will travel on mission to Southeast Asia, December 25, 2014 – January 6, 2015, joining with International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries to help strengthen their work of taking the gospel to those who have never heard. The team will be trained to share the gospel cross-culturally. The team will be Allan Greer, Megan Greer, Benjamin Peacock, Bit Stephens and Joel Studdard.
Our mission includes:
- Share the real meaning of Christmas to people who are aware of Santa Clause and how some Americans celebrate Christmas.
- Encourage and strengthen the work of our IMB missionaries on the field.
- Travel to surrounding villages to prayer walk for gospel penetration and learn the culture.
- Explore opportunities of how we can partner long-term with the missionaries to plant disciple-making churches.
Global disciple-making involves going and sending! Would you prayerfully consider being a part of our sending team? This is a two-fold responsibility. We need prayer support for ourselves, the missionaries on the field, and the people we are engaging. We will be entering a spiritually dark culture with the gospel of light! The Bible is clear we will encounter spiritual resistance! Your prayers will provide spiritual encouragement, protection, and provision for our team. While we are on mission, a prayer guide will be made available.
Secondly, if you feel God leading you to support this mission financially, please do so. The cost is approximately $3,400 per team member. All funds received assist the entire team. All donations are tax deductible. We are each personally contributing to our journey. If you would like to make a contribution, make your check to “Parkway Place Baptist Church” or go online to www.ppbc.com (click on “Giving” in the top right portion of the homepage.) Make the memo or description “Asia Mission 2014.” You do not have to put my name on it.
In sending, you are a vital part of this global disciple-making journey. Thank you for partnering with us to be light bearers to these dear people whom God loves!
Making His Name known to all nations,
P.S. Stayed tuned to this site–and subscribe in the upper right to receive emailed updates–for prayer and fasting requests up to and during this disciple-making journey, as well as journal-style updates of God-at-work experiences.