The Lord continues to amaze us at With Open Eyes as He opens doors for greater ministry outreach. Since 2011, we have equipped 301 Mobile Messengers in 14 countries across Africa and Asia. Our most recent ministry partnerships have taken us to Northern Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Ivory Coast in Africa and Northern India and Nepal in Asia.
Early this morning as i was reading through Acts 14, I found myself laughing out loud as I read of Paul’s adventures in Lystra and Derbe. Here is the full passage (verses 8 – 22):
Please plan to join us for our 2016 With Open Eyes On Mission Benefit Thursday, October 20 6:00pm
Featuring Special Guests:
Grammy Award Winner Michael W. Smith
NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Goff
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square Charlotte, North Carolina
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Regi Campbell with RadicalMentoring.com posted the following blog about our Chairman and Co-founder Frank Harrison:
A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about ‘marketplace ministry’ . . . taking God to the workplace. I was all over it. I’d already written a book on the topic, called About My Father’s Business: Taking Your Faith to Work and I was passionate about finding guys who were doing it in the ‘real world.’ I signed up to attend a conference at The Cove in Asheville, NC and while there I was blown away by a guy named Frank Harrison, who is the Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a multi-billion-dollar bottler of Coca-Cola in Charlotte, NC. I was struck by his boldness, his authentic concern for people and his urgent desire to share the gospel. Here was the leader of a publicly traded mega-business who is personally all-in for Jesus. At the time, I thought, “Wow, this guy is a rebel.”
“We are very much in need of help. As church leaders we are deeply convinced that with the support of With Open Eyes for 5 new Mobile Messengers we can be very effective in our remote and highly evangelistic areas: Afar, Somali, Gumuz, Podi, Hammar and Tigrai. We plead with you to consider these new places.” ~ Ethiopian Church Leader
The following testimonies from Rwanda are among the many we receive each quarter as our Mobile Messengers and partners share with us all the Lord is doing. We hope you are as blessed and encouraged by their words as we are.
Our evangelism activities were in the Western Province (Ngroroero and Nyabihu Districts) and part of the Northern Province (Musanze and Burera Districts). The first two districts are very mountainous. The others are surrounded by volcanoes. During our home-to-home visitations, we have been able to visit many people in their homes in which our Mobile Messengers have been given a warm welcome. We saw some people who were open to sharing with us what they’ve been going through. We praise God that families, husbands and wives are reunited after hearing the powerful Word of God. We also praise the Lord for the good testimonies that have reached us some weeks after these home visits.”
Imagine living a life without grace. It’s not a life we can easily understand.
I learned something earlier today that I’d never known before. I met with a former Muslim Imam who is now engaged in a great work for Christ, making His grace to shine in dark places where the people have only known fear and religious oppression. As we talked about the goodness of God and His great grace toward us, this pastor told me, “In the languages of all of the predominantly Muslim nations, there is no word for grace. They do not even know the concept.”
The cross. The symbol of our Savior’s suffering and death. As we look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let’s be sure to take some time to pause at the cross. It’s there that He made atonement for us. The curse of God’s law was visited upon the One who knew no sin, yet bore the sins of us all. The crucifixion was the pivotal point in all of history. Its at the cross that everyone must make a decision. Whether you’re reading this post from the comfort of your favorite chair at home, or sitting in a local coffee shop with your favorite double-shot espresso, or hearing it for the very first time through the preaching of a Mobile Messenger who has come to your village. You must render a decision when confronted with the cross. To reject the cross is to reject God Himself. But acceptance of the work of Jesus on the cross is acceptance of all the fullness of God and His eternal plan to save us from the punishment due us for sin.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. My grandsons are enamored with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Thor. As they get older their idea of what heroes are will change. For many, we find our heroes throughout the pages of scripture. Abraham, Moses, David and the Apostles are all larger-than-life figures we come to admire greatly.
Last week in Africa we spent our time with a group of heroes. Pastors Simon and Ben in Kenya, Morris in Sudan, Levi in South Sudan, Ananie in Rwanda and Sosthen in Uganda along with the 257 Mobile Messengers they lead are being used mightily by God as they take the gospel message to their countrymen. They are truly modern day heroes of the faith and the real heroes of With Open Eyes. We marveled as we heard story after story of hardship, persecution and monumental challenges being overcome in order to advance the message of hope.
We’ve shared the story of Sosthen’s move from South Sudan to the refugee settlement in Uganda because of fierce tribal conflicts. Also from the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, Pastor Morris and his wife were able to join us for part of our time. There they shared with us the many difficulties they face in their day-to-day lives, often having to flee their home to hide in nearby caves to escape the bombings. But they and their group of Mobile Messengers remain steadfast and undeterred. Instead of bemoaning their situation, they continually gave God glory for what He is doing in their lives and ministry.
What a privilege we have to partner with these heroes. The opportunity before us is great. The Lord is using our army of Mobile Messengers. Our desire is to resource them for the work before them and to see the Lord raise up even more heroes to be a part of this great ministry. We invite you to join the team of With Open Eyes with your prayers and financial gifts to help these heroes advance the light amidst the darkness.