I was privileged this week to visit and worship with believers in Belém, Brazil at the mouth of the Amazon River. As I prepared for church Sunday morning I reflected that it was just in January of this year that I was at the far western end of the Amazon River in Iquitos, Perú. How the early explorers would have loved to visit both ends of the Amazon as easily as I did without all the dangers inherent in traveling its length by canoe. I was in Brazil visiting with Dr. David Riker, President of the Equatorial Baptist Theological Seminary, and IMB missionary Mark Johnson. Together we explored ways to advance theological education and pastoral training at all of the various levels required in order to reach and teach the lesser-reached, unreached, unengaged, and even uncontacted peoples of the Amazon basin.
I pray that God would use me to impact His world, and if not ALL the world—at the very least—all of the regions from Mexico to Chile, and from the Andes to the mouth of the Amazon. I know; that’s a big prayer, but He is a Great God. And when He answers and this work is launched and progressing, I pray that we may be used by God to reach and teach throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. William Carey challenged us to attempt great things for God and to expect great things from God. I am actively and fervently recruiting missionary families to go reach and teach in the Andes and throughout the Amazon . . . right now. Today. If you’re not sure where or how to start, email me.
Yes, there are hurdles to clear, calls to clarify, funds to raise, languages to learn, and selves to deny. But there are also millions to reach, sermons to preach, disciples to teach, and our Lord Jesus Christ to honor and glorify. We are all walking down a path in life for whatever season of years the Lord gives us. One day we will step from this life into that which is truly life. As you take that step, and you look back over your shoulder, will you like what you see? As one who is a slow learner but who has learned at last, let me gently remind you not to waste your life on you. It’s not yours; you were bought with a price. Come go with me on a trip and let me show you what I find every time I go. What a wonderful investment of life it would be.