It is an exciting time to be a part of Crosswalk Church! The great pioneer missionary, David Livingstone, said, “God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.” This is what we celebrate at our Annual Faith Promise Missions Conference, and we are in the midst of one of the best ever. Our Night of Worship was a blast, last Sunday’s unique one service celebration was inspirational and exciting, and this Sunday we will be honored by the preaching of Dallas Elder, the Ministry Director of Grace Covenant International. This is the agency that sent the Hernandez family to Paraguay for 10 years. More about this Sunday in the separate panel below this letter.
Speaking of missions, I just returned from a blessed and fruitful trip from the remote border town of Jaigaon with India on one side of town and Bhutan on the other. This was the 5th International Leadership Conference (ILI) Crosswalk has sponsored with the intent of reaching Bhutan with the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Bhutan is closed to the gospel, but there is a powerful undercurrent of Jesus followers who are evangelizing and serving their nation. Our strategy is to train them, equip them, and empower them to lead others in advancing the gospel. It is an unfathomable blessing that we Crosswalkers can have such a powerful effect on world!
How is it possible for us to reach an unreached nation like Bhutan? How is it possible for us to engage in evangelism, discipleship, and service in places like Paraguay prisons and Philippine islands; as well as Iran and Liberia and Nepal? It is all because as a church family we are committed to FAITH PROMISE MISSIONS. This is our way to GO to the ends of the earth, to SEND others to the nations of the world, and to PRAY that the great peoples of the world will come to know the love of Jesus.
This is our joy. Recently, it was announced that the USA has fallen to 14th place among the nations of the world in terms of happiness. According to Psychology Today, in 2000, the number of books published about happiness was a modest fifty. In 2008, that number had skyrocketed to 4,000. Since then, many more have been added and Google searches for happiness have tripled. We are a nation obsessed with being happy; and the more obsessed we are, the more elusive happiness becomes. Social scientists have in fact uncovered a wretched irony: Chasing happiness actually makes people unhappy. However, fulfilling your purpose and participating in something greater than yourself brings great joy. I submit to you that “something” is shining with the light of Jesus where we are and to the ends of the earth. God says, “Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession” (Psalm 2:8).
These are exciting times, and I’m honored to be on this journey together with you.