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Indonesian Testimony – Part 4

img_2010This will be the last in a series of posts about my recent trip to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. As you could see from the last three, it was a very eventful project.

After our time in the area of Sibolga, we flew back to the Medan airport to wait for our flight home. Little did we know that the best was yet to come.

As we reflected about our time on Sumatra, we hadn’t made any earth-shaking discoveries. We learned about the culture. We were made to understand the spiritual climate and the needs of the people.

Apart from the learning curve of the mission field, everything went as expected. We met with missionaries, pastors and church planters who were doing the work of the ministry. We saw the depth of lostness in the regions we visited. We heard about the needs, desires, and vision of the work being done there.

All of this gave us a clear picture of the role we could play in helping them in their mission. We now knew about the teams that would need to be sent to aid in their evangelism. We understood the need they had for finances and other resources. This is normal for a vision trip to a mission field.

Then it happened. Something so far from our experience, that it totally took us by surprise.

A pastor from a church in the Medan area gave us an envelope. We opened it. He explained that after our visit, his church took a vote. They decided to give us a seed offering of 1,000,000 rupiahs toward the church planting work being done in the Boston area.

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
2 Corinthians 8:1-4

This verse could have been written about the church in Medan. We viewed them as a mission field – in need of our support. Yet they understood a spiritual truth that many churches in the USA need to learn.

They feel called of God to win the lost and plant churches in the unreached areas of their country. In order to accomplish that, they’ll need God’s power, provision, and ability. They understood the concept that if they plant good seed in good soil – even though that soil might be on the other side of the world – it will bring in a harvest for them.

WOW! To say that we were blown away by their gift would be an understatement. In spite of their need, they gave a sacrificial gift to us because they have a view of the global mission of the Gospel. I have absolutely no doubt that their faith will be rewarded.

I now have no reservations in working with these wonderful men and women of God. The Lord is definitely going to accomplish great things through the Sumatra-Boston partnership. I’m glad and grateful that I can be a part of it from the very foundation.

Please pray for the work and the workers in that part of the world.

Question: In what areas have you planted spiritual seed outside your normal circles?

© Nick Zaccardi 2017

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Faith, God's Provision, Missions, The Church

 

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Missions Opportunity

indonesiaI want to share some exciting news with you about a great opportunity that’s opened up for me.

I’m on the leadership team for our association in the Southern Baptist Convention. Recently we received a call from some Christian believers in the nation of Indonesia.

The original missionaries to Indonesia came from the Boston area. They were martyred for their faith. Now a group of Christians from that country are asking if there are any churches in the Boston area that are willing to help them plant a church right now on the island of Sumatra. We felt God’s unmistakable leading to answer that call.

I will be part of a team that’s taking some Boston area pastors on a Vision Trip to see the work being done and to meet the church planters involved. Our goal is to form a solid partnership between our churches and these missionaries.

In order to make this trip, I will need to raise about $2000 for transportation and other expenses. I would ask you to pray about whether the Lord would want you to help out financially.

If you can’t donate money, then I ask you to support this work in your prayers. We want to see a huge impact for Christ in this part of the world.

We will be leaving January 14-29, 2017, so it’s important that I raise my support as soon as possible.

Any money that comes in above the needed amount will be used for future mission trips that the Lord has on my horizons.

I believe that this partnership could change thousands of lives for eternity. I would be very grateful for your support and prayers.

To financially support this trip, click here.

For more details about this trip, click here.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Newsletters

 

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