Can’t We Do More?

The AFLC is not really a Synod, we are an association. The congregation is considered the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth–nothing decided at the Annual Conference is binding on individual congregations. One of the reasons the AFLC exists is because, as a group of congregations, we can accomplish things that could not be done individually.  The support of missionaries is one of those things. There are AFLC missionaries in Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, and Uganda.  There are also several missionaries on loan to other organizations such as Wycliffe, working to translate the Bible into other languages.  One of the highlights of the Annual Conference is the report from World Missions about these folks and what they have been doing. If you would like more information, you can visit:  https://www.aflcworldmissions.org/.

As I was arranging a display of the missionary families for one of the bulletin boards at our church, I came across this quote by William Carey (missionary to India in the late 1700’s):

“Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us?  Can we not do more than we are doing?”

The commission of course, is from Matthew 28:19-20

“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.”

This really convicted me. I know that I, as an individual, could certainly do more. I think my congregation could do more.  Everyone reading this post, can probably do more to support these people who are sacrificing to spread the Word of God. We can pray– not just once, but regularly. We can send notes of encouragement. We can donate funds or needed supplies.

So, my thought for the day is this: what can you do to support someone else in their service for our Lord?

For more about missionaries and evangelism see these posts:

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn–Book Review

The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs–Book Review

resuscitating evangelism by Jordan Easley and Ernest Easley–Book Review

Outrageous Grace by Grace L. Fabian–Book Review

This book was given to me by a friend who heard the author speak at a Christian Women’s breakfast.  She said her story was so riveting, you could hear a pin drop as she told it.

Grace Fabian and her husband, Edmund, served as Wycliffe Bible translators in Papua, New Guinea.  They lived for years among the Nabak people, working on a translation of the New Testament into their language, so that the gospel could be more completely shared with this tribe of 25,000.  As Edmund neared the end of this missionary project he was inexplicably murdered by one of his Nabak translation helpers.

Outrageous Grace: A Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness by [Fabian, Grace L.]

Outrageous Grace is the story of the Fabian family, before and after the murder.  It describes how the couple came to faith, met, married and entered the mission field.  After Edmund’s murder, Grace and her children continue his work, forgiving his murderer (who turned out to be mentally ill) and ultimately dedicating the Nabak New Testament amidst the joyous people.  Grace, in a special reconciliation ceremony becomes a sister to the murderer’s wife.

This is an inspiring true life account of faith, forgiveness and perseverance in God’s calling.  It is an honest portrayal of one family’s struggle to forgive in difficult circumstances.  The book includes study questions which could be used with a book club or in a small group setting.  I would recommend it, particularly if you have an interest in missionaries or Wycliffe Translators.  Readers, you can purchase it as Kindle book for only $3.99!  Mrs. Fabian now lives in Pennsylvania and you can visit her online at http://www.GraceFabian.com.