“…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
I wrote back in May about NorthWind Family Ministries, formed by missionary Bera Ledua, faithful associates and friends, out of the wreckage produced by an ungodly governance of the former Shantymen’s Christian Association (now Serving Christ International).
At the time, NorthWind was hoping to raise some $500,000 in order to buy land from SCA for their ministry.
God, through his people, by their faithfulness and generosity, overwhelmingly answered this need, and already we have seen tremendous ministry, and are seeing exciting future plans in the works, at NorthWind.
Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission (now OMF International), famously said:
“Depend on it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.”
Once again we are able to affirm that truth.
But in this case, we are also strongly reminded of the foundational truth left to us by our Saviour just before he set his face to Jerusalem and the cross:
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
In my previous post I touched lightly on the background of this situation. At some point in the future, when it is appropriate, Arthur and I will write more extensively about it, but for the moment we can say that God as always has brought darkness to light, vindicating the faithful and showing judgment to those who have done wrong. The ungodly “leadership” of SCA that brought about this situation in the first place has been deposed, and there are some who now hope to restore the ministry there. Our prayers are with the faithful left behind, those who truly wish to glorify the Saviour not merely in words but through what they do.
In the main, our struggles, personally, as in this situation, and in the West in general, have been against slander, libel, dishonesty, and a lack of integrity by people who call themselves Christians, who name the name of Christ but whose behaviour grossly belies their claims.
That’s not to say any of us are untainted by sin. But as the apostle John so vehemently reminds us,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:9-10
This is the crucial dividing line. True faith is characterized by obedience, not by what we say, however noble-sounding. We sin, because we are sinners, but we hate our sin, We don’t intend it, and we don’t practise it day in and day out.
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:5-8
Enough for now about the gone government of SCA. We are thankful the ministries that began with the Shantymen decades ago are continuing, under different auspices but most importantly in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and for his glory.
In a country where our freedom to preach the gospel is being seriously encroached upon, where the government is moving increasingly towards condoning Sharia law and where the ordinary rights of Christian citizens are already trammelled in culture and in the courts, Christians must uphold each other ever more strongly with the banner of Truth. And we must be ready to share that Truth, “with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience” (1 Peter 3:15), by our own lives, and through supporting our local church and worthy ministries.
What a privilege it is to share the wonderful news of salvation, to “chase the rainbow through the rain” and tell those who don’t yet know it how they can have “life that shall endless be” (George Matheson).
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? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Thanks for listening.
In the wonder of grace,
For more information and to support NorthWind, please visit their website here.