Pastor Jaynan Clark
“Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: ‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.’ They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” Mark 6:8-11
Jesus asks you to pack light, going out with just His Word and depending on Him to show you the way. He isn’t guaranteeing success, in fact He honestly tells you up front that you carrying just Him and His message are going to be “unacceptable” to some, maybe even many but you move on. Missionaries are needed at all times and in all places but their dress code and their provisions may vary by temperature (sandals won’t cut it here in Washington right now with December snow up to our knees) but the calling and the sending still applies. What you need with you is Him, the Word of God and you are equipped. So why delay? Where is He sending you?
A living example of one who has been sent out with the Word of God is Dr. Gemechis Buba. For those of you who attended the WordAlone annual convention last spring or have watched the DVD, you have already been blessed by his missionary ministry. He has a vision for doing the true mission of Jesus’ church not only in his homeland of Ethiopia but having that growing vibrant Lutheran church, Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia, actively send missionaries here to America to reevangelize this land.
In a few short months there will be the first ever international gathering of its kind of confessional Lutherans taking place in Ethiopia (above). Among the presenters are two preachers, teachers who are also not strangers to all of you, Rev. David Glesne, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fridley , MN and Dr. Jim Nestingen, professor emeritus of Luther Seminary.
We share the information about this upcoming gathering in the hopes that some of you may hear the call to travel to Africa and experience what the good Lord has in store for you. His call to take your life and use it for His purposes could begin anew there in a not so foreign land as they preach, teach and confess the Word of God as it was first delivered to them by missionaries from your homeland . This once “sending nation” of the Gospel is now in need of hearing that same Word in all its awesome authority over life and faith and every breath. In the hearing will come the reform and renewal of not only individual lives and churches but an entire nation. God willing.