What made you pick Asia? You know there are so many lost souls here in the United States and in the South, why not start here 1st then migrate to overseas? There is nothing like taking care of home 1st? It makes me a little sad to know that you forsake your own country for another country. It's like the United States choose to feed the starving people over seas, but do little to accommodate the starving in our own country. Is it too late for you to change your mind and remain here?
This was the comment left on our blog. We have no idea of who wrote it; but we welcome the questions. And though these would not fall into the category of “frequently asked questions,” they are still some we think many have probably thought before (and some have asked) and we wanted to give our answers. We welcome all questions and would love to sit down with folks as time permits or to answer any questions you have about why we are going or what we are doing. Always feel free to ask.
There are so many questions in the above comment and I will try to answer each one; but I think in order to do this we must ask some deeper questions here. There are a few questions that beg to be asked before we can address the above comments and those are:
What is the heart of God, what is a human’s ultimate purpose in this world, and why are some believers going where people do not have access to the gospel?
THE HEART OF GOD
Now, I would never be presumptuous enough to say I for sure know all of what the heart of God is; however, through the Scripture, we do have access to know who the Lord loves, what He commands of us to do, and what His desired outcome is for His creation. Let’s look at a few verses:
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” (Psalms)
“And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.” (Christ talking about His Second Coming in Mark 13:10)
And everyone’s favorite: “For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation7:9-10)
We can conclude from reading Scripture from the Old Testament to the New Testament that God loves His creation and longs for His creation to be with Him forever. God deserves this because He is worthy to be praised and adored forever. His glory will be seen throughout all the earth.
Now, how do we obtain this? How do we get to take part in spending eternity with God? Christ came and died for us and rose to defeat the death we deserve (if you need this explained more fully, read Hebrews). And what do we need to do in order to share in this salvation?
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
There you have it. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10 gives us a few more questions to ask once we understand this concept:
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
…So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
We know for sure that God wants us to know Him—He sent His Son, His Son died and rose again, He set up a way to redeem us that we may obtain salvation.
All we have to do is have faith in Him by acknowledging Christ is Lord and Savior.
So we know for sure that faith comes from hearing. And we know for sure that if we preach, someone somewhere will come to a knowledge of Christ. And we know for sure that everyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord will have belief in God.
The only breakdown of this entire chain of events is if we do not preach or teach about Christ. If we, who have knowledge about Christ, choose to not preach it or teach it, they will not be able to hear.
GOD'S PURPOSE FOR US
If God’s purpose is for us to glorify Him and be in relationship with Him; and the only way we can do that is by hearing of His Name and accepting Him as Lord and Savior; then our ultimate purpose in life is to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.
God’s desire is that all people would know Him and glorify Him. Our purpose is to do all that we can to make sure that happens. That means speaking about Him to everyone we encounter on a regular basis and going to those places where they have never heard His Name before.
GOING TO THE UNREACHED/UNENGAGED
In the South Asia affinity, there are over 1.58 billion people who have never accepted Christ. There are over 400 unreached/unengaged people groups. These are people groups who have never heard the Name of Christ before and there are no known believers going to tell them.
Last week, we spoke at an RA/GA group at a church. We were all looking at a map of the world and discussing how the majority of believers in the world live in one concentrated area in the southeast United States. And then we discussed how the majority of unreached/unengaged people lived on the other side of the world. And how there are 300 million people in the United States and over 1.5 billion people in South Asia who have not accepted Christ.
It wasn’t long before those RAs and GAs came to the conclusion: “That means those of us who know the gospel should go where they have never heard it and tell them.”
He deserves to be glorified by every nation, tribe, and tongue not just those in the United States, but all people. And we should be bothered by the lostness that surrounds us here as well as the vast lostness around the world. We should pray for opportunities to share Christ whether it's here in the US or if the Lord should call us to go around the world. Lostness should bother us.
He deserves for all whom He died for to know that He died for them and for them to worship Him and be with Him.
IS IT TOO LATE TO CHANGE OUR MINDS?
Yes. But not because we couldn’t back out. We could call the company we are going through today and tell them we aren’t going. We could stay here. We could deliberately choose to ignore this calling He has given to us and live a very comfortable life in the States in a place that is familiar to us surrounded by people we loved and who speak our language and we understand their culture.
It’s only too late because we have already said yes to God and we are choosing to obey Him. We have said YES, Lord, You deserve to be glorified by the Nepali people...by all people. You deserve for those people who are in the Himalayas to know You and to hear Your Name and be in a relationship with You. You are worthy of their love and devotion. And Your Name will be known among the Nepali for many generations to come.
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
Here are we; send us.