Urban Report

Called to the Mission Field

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: UBR

Program Code: UBR000252A

00:03 Have you ever felt like
00:05 God had a mission for you to accomplish.
00:07 Well, stay tuned to meet two people
00:08 who answered the calling that God placed on their lives.
00:11 My name is Jason Bradley,
00:13 and you're watching Urban Report.
00:38 Hello, and welcome to Urban Report.
00:40 My guests today are Pastor Scott Griswold
00:43 and his wife Julie.
00:45 Pastor Griswold is the director of Reach the World Next Door,
00:48 and Julie is the prayer coordinator.
00:50 Welcome to Urban Report. It's great to be here.
00:53 It's good to have you.
00:54 I would love... There we go.
00:56 We can reach.
00:57 So tell us a little bit about your background?
01:00 Well, Julie and I went overseas almost after we were married,
01:04 to Cambodia, and spent some years there
01:07 with Adventist Frontier Missions,
01:09 helping start the church,
01:10 planting there, in that country.
01:12 And later ended up back over there in Thailand
01:15 for 10 years
01:16 with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists,
01:18 working with this center for East Asian religions.
01:21 Reaching out to Buddhist,
01:22 finding ways to share Christ's love with them.
01:25 Wow, And how did you go about doing that?
01:27 How do you witness to, like, a whole another faith?
01:32 Well, that's a whole long story,
01:34 that's a big conversation.
01:35 But the biggest things are a lot of prayer,
01:39 depending on the Holy Spirit, being a true friend,
01:42 and then coming close to where they're out,
01:44 trying to understand them,
01:45 and build bridges from that to the things
01:47 that they don't understand about Jesus.
01:49 So that's about as quick as I can put it in a nutshell.
01:53 Okay, and have you guys always been Adventists?
01:56 Have you always been in the church?
01:58 We both grew up in Seventh-day Adventist homes,
02:01 and we're walking with God, little by little,
02:04 and then we had a deeper experience,
02:06 and then slowly he captured our hearts for missions.
02:09 Nice.
02:10 And how did you get involved
02:12 with being the prayer coordinator,
02:14 and what does that look like, what do you do?
02:17 Well, I've always enjoyed praying,
02:19 I love praying with people.
02:21 And ever since I was young, I've enjoyed doing that.
02:25 And so, in our ministry now, we do united prayer,
02:29 which is, kind of, like popcorn prayers,
02:32 where everybody has a sentence to participate
02:35 if they wanted to and share praises about God,
02:40 and His...
02:41 Who He is.
02:42 And then we go into confession, and then our interceding.
02:46 And we usually take this time to bring before God the ones
02:51 that we have been reaching out to during the week,
02:53 because much of our work is working with refugees,
02:57 and immigrants, and international students
02:58 that we are meeting weekly.
03:01 So we add those to our poster,
03:03 and we're praying for them weekly,
03:04 daily in our united prayer time.
03:06 Wow.
03:07 So that's, I mean, if we're really wanting
03:09 to see Jesus come back.
03:10 We're gonna need miracles everywhere.
03:12 And the biggest miracles
03:14 we're needing is to see the work finished
03:15 to the least reached,
03:17 those who had no opportunity to know God at all.
03:20 Yes, and the gospels to go to all the world, every nation,
03:23 kindred, tongue, and people.
03:25 Absolutely, so you guys are doing an amazing work.
03:29 And how...
03:31 What is the mission
03:33 that God has placed on your heart?
03:35 When we started considering
03:36 coming back from living overseas
03:38 for 16 years, we wanted to know
03:39 as our children are going to college,
03:41 we wanted to be close to our aging parents,
03:43 what should we be doing here?
03:45 Yeah, and it's hard to leave over there,
03:47 where you can speak the language
03:48 and come here and think,
03:49 "Oh, where's the mission field here?"
03:51 And we begin to look around,
03:53 in particular, at Houston, Texas.
03:56 And this is the fifth largest metro area, fast growing,
03:59 the most diverse place in United States.
04:02 Because there is no majority population,
04:05 and because they have 4,000 to 5,000
04:07 new refugees coming in every single year,
04:11 entering there.
04:13 So as we were discovering this,
04:14 we found out they're coming from the hardest countries
04:16 in the world, meaning,
04:18 the places where you're most likely
04:19 to be persecuted as a Christian,
04:21 so like Afghanistan, Somalia,
04:25 these places that you just couldn't go.
04:27 But God has sent them here, I believe for a reason.
04:31 We have this influx,
04:35 we've got immigrants, we have refugees,
04:37 we have international students,
04:39 more than a million international students studying
04:41 in North America, tourists, and I think God has done it
04:45 because He wants us to get the work done
04:48 and we didn't go there.
04:49 You got a quote, Julie, that is so powerful.
04:51 Yes, in Evangelism, page 570, it says,
04:55 "We should be able to see
04:57 in the multiplying opportunities
04:59 to reach many foreigners in America
05:01 as a divinely appointed means of rapidly extending
05:05 the third angel's message
05:06 into all the nations of the earth.
05:09 God in His providence
05:10 has brought men to our very doors,
05:12 and thrust them as it were, into our arms
05:16 that they might learn the truth,
05:18 and be qualified to do a work
05:19 that we could not do in getting the light before men
05:23 of other countries."
05:24 Wow. So in other tongues.
05:26 And so that's just...
05:28 that's, you know, if we can learn
05:29 to live intentionally looking for opportunities
05:34 for the ones that have come to America
05:36 from those countries
05:38 that have never had the opportunity
05:40 to learn about Jesus and His love.
05:44 See, that's amazing, like, I look at you two,
05:46 and I see the passion
05:48 that you have for the mission field,
05:50 and I remember meeting you Pastor Scott at GYC,
05:55 and just talking to you
05:56 and hearing some of the different stories,
05:59 and I was just blown away.
06:01 And you gave me several cards, and it said, now...
06:06 What did it say on those cards?
06:08 I carry it with me all the time.
06:10 It's called mylanguagemylife.com.
06:13 So this is a website
06:14 that we put together with different volunteers
06:17 when we've been working with ASAP ministries,
06:19 and they...
06:21 We just gathered anything we could find, 3ABN,
06:24 in the different languages, other ones,
06:26 Adventist World Radio,
06:28 Voice of Prophecy, Bible Studies, The Jesus film,
06:31 so that when you meet somebody at the door,
06:33 and or wherever you are, in the market, and they say,
06:36 "No, speak English, Vietnamese, or Afghani,"
06:39 or whatever, you can put this in their hand and say,
06:43 "Vietnamese, or Farsi, or Dhari, or whatever it is"
06:48 and know that they are gonna be able to look at that
06:50 and hear in their own language.
06:52 Which is amazing.
06:53 So it just really breaks down the language barrier,
06:56 you know, there's no reason why we can't witness this.
07:00 It's very true.
07:01 It's such an amazing plan that God has,
07:04 I think of Acts 2,
07:06 when we are often praying as a people for God
07:09 to finish His work.
07:10 We know it's going to be the power of the Holy Spirit.
07:13 So when we're asking for that we, kind of,
07:15 "Okay, what does that mean, what's going to happen?"
07:17 But Acts 2 shows us exactly what's gonna happen.
07:20 And it says that in verse 5, it says,
07:22 "There were devout men in Jerusalem
07:25 from every nation under heaven."
07:27 And then, just a few verses, they say,
07:29 "How is it we're hearing in our own languages."
07:32 What's going on. God has made that possible now.
07:35 And if we will strategically begin
07:37 to look and say,
07:38 who is in my neighborhood that is not in my pews.
07:42 Who is here from countries
07:45 that I know we are waiting on so that Jesus can return.
07:48 And then we can be missionaries right here.
07:50 Yes, yeah.
07:52 Because this is a huge mission field,
07:55 right here in America.
07:56 There are a lot of people that are suffering.
07:57 There are a lot of people
07:59 that don't know about Jesus right here.
08:02 And it blows my mind that there are still people
08:05 that don't know
08:07 about Christ right here in America.
08:09 There out of the 4,000 unreached people groups
08:12 in the world, worldwide.
08:14 This means they have almost 0% Christians among them.
08:19 80, 85 or so are here
08:21 in the United States by the thousands.
08:23 These are Japanese, these are Iraqi,
08:26 these are from Bangladesh, from India,
08:29 some of these countries
08:30 that are just so huge in numbers
08:32 and almost no missionaries, they're right here with us.
08:35 Wow.
08:36 So that's why we decided to move to Houston.
08:39 We've been working with ASAP ministries
08:41 and they're operating this new training program
08:43 that started in 2017.
08:46 And it's a school where young people can come
08:49 who want to be missionaries,
08:50 and for nine months work with us.
08:55 Training for missions by doing missions.
08:58 We're out in the field, like, three days a week,
09:01 meeting refugees, immigrants, and international students,
09:05 and then the other three days spending time in the classroom,
09:08 and in the afternoon learning vocational skills,
09:11 like, gardening, like construction,
09:15 healthy cooking, various things
09:17 that they can use in missions anywhere.
09:19 So you're giving them practical tools
09:21 for living too and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
09:23 And that's actually
09:24 what we do here at Dare to Dream too,
09:26 I mean, that's great.
09:27 Practical tools for living in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
09:30 And the beautiful thing is, is that it's a small,
09:33 it's like a family,
09:34 because we want to keep it small,
09:36 between 10 and 16 students,
09:38 so that there can be that one-on-one mentorship,
09:41 and so that we can go out with the students,
09:43 we can be learning as were as we're going out,
09:47 and we meet an Afghani, and we come back and we think,
09:50 "Okay, he's talking about the Trinity."
09:52 So we learn about the Trinity and how to speak to a Muslim.
09:57 So that's the beauty and also
09:58 because it's cross-cultural in our...
10:01 We're wanting students to be not just from American born,
10:06 but from other countries,
10:08 like, we have this couple
10:10 from Taiwan, and some Burmese...
10:11 Yeah, the picture shows
10:13 some of those that are coming together.
10:14 Yeah, so it shows.
10:16 And that in itself is a mission field
10:18 that we can grow together,
10:20 and learn to appreciate cultures.
10:23 Living together, everybody in the same place,
10:25 you started to get on the each other's nerves.
10:27 You got to learn how to work through problems.
10:29 Just like in the real mission field.
10:31 And close quarters, huh? Yes, yes.
10:33 Different cultures, where you learn to appreciate
10:36 the diversity for all of its beauty,
10:39 and then where it does conflict learning
10:41 how to try to understand
10:43 what's behind the reason he does that or she does that.
10:46 Yes.
10:47 So what does it look like
10:49 when you're witnessing to somebody,
10:51 I mean, people, we often hear about people
10:53 witnessing to other people,
10:54 but what does it look like, walk us through,
10:58 maybe one instance or two instances
11:00 where you've witnessed to somebody?
11:01 Did you pass them a track, did you...?
11:04 How did you broach the subject?
11:06 Well, let's jump to the Cambodian community
11:11 that we ended up in,
11:12 because that really gives a solid illustration
11:15 of when the hurricane hit.
11:18 Hurricane Harvey in 2017
11:20 just devastated an entire community plus
11:23 many other places as well.
11:25 But the one place called Rosharon,
11:27 there were many Cambodians
11:28 had moved there to grow their greens.
11:29 These are immigrants that came out of the war,
11:32 25, 30 years ago but had been here.
11:35 And so we got to go down there,
11:38 just shortly after the students arrived,
11:40 and begin to tear out soggy...
11:43 Molded dry wall.
11:45 Yeah, everything was a mess, but mold growing really fast.
11:48 And seeing these people just in trouble,
11:52 we could practically began to care
11:54 and to reach out to them.
11:56 That's the basis of any Christ like work.
11:58 Christ method. Amen.
12:00 Yes, Christ method.
12:01 You saw the need, you met the need,
12:04 and then you tell them to follow Christ.
12:06 So you can see in the picture, us,
12:08 you know, helping these people,
12:10 some are our students, and my son there,
12:12 beginning to rebuild and care.
12:15 But in one of the pictures,
12:16 it shows with Mr. A...
12:19 A man there, Cambodian man that we met,
12:21 there's a picture of four
12:23 in which they were just surrounding him
12:26 with love and care.
12:27 'Cause when I walked up to his house,
12:29 I could smell the black mold.
12:30 Wow.
12:32 And I saw him step out, and I said,
12:33 you know, as we got acquainted, I said,
12:35 "Do you know how dangerous it is for you to live there?"
12:37 And he said, "I'm going to die soon anyway."
12:40 I was like, "What?" He was only 60.
12:42 What are you talking about? Wow, 60, that's young.
12:44 So, you know, I just thought he was talking
12:45 but Rachel began to come close to him,
12:48 and smile, and talk to him,
12:50 and he was intrigued that she was from China,
12:51 you know, Taiwan and spoke Chinese,
12:54 and pretty soon his story was pouring out,
12:57 that during the Khmer Rouge
12:58 and the Pol Pot War in that country,
13:01 his first wife had been separated
13:03 from him and killed.
13:04 And then in the refugee camp,
13:06 he remarried, only to have that wife,
13:08 as she was pregnant,
13:10 step on a landmine and also died.
13:13 So he said to us,
13:14 he said, you know, you can see the tears
13:16 still in his eyes 30 years later.
13:18 You can imagine, I never want to get married again.
13:21 And then he said, but then this lady found me.
13:23 And he reached in his car,
13:25 pulled out one of the few things
13:26 that didn't get ruined by the flood,
13:27 and showed us the picture of his third wife.
13:30 We had just met her the day before,
13:32 she was crying at the Buddhist temple.
13:33 Encourage her heart, be a friend to her.
13:35 We prayed with her, and cared for her,
13:38 and now we were meeting
13:39 and going to be able to help then
13:41 in their struggles.
13:42 So that's where it started,
13:44 we went and got a book that was in Cambodian,
13:45 that have the gospel, put it in his hands,
13:48 the next time we met him,
13:49 he was sharing the story about Jesus
13:51 on the cross with us.
13:53 And we were just so touched
13:54 how through the horrible things that happened,
13:57 God still works and brings people together,
14:00 and so wherever you can go,
14:02 you don't have to have a hurricane.
14:04 But when you begin to care and to reach out,
14:06 you will find something
14:08 that you can do to meet somebody's needs
14:10 and that's what we're trying to do.
14:12 That's beautiful.
14:13 Where do people go to get the cards?
14:16 Ah, that's a good question? Yeah, how do people get those?
14:19 If you go to that website reachtheworldnextdoor.com,
14:22 they will link you to explain it
14:23 and how to use them,
14:25 and then it will link you to the ASAP ministry site,
14:28 where you can order them.
14:29 And they're cheap, I carry 'em, gave probably 20 away,
14:32 on our way here in the airport.
14:34 And you just, you know, you can ask a person,
14:36 "Do you speak another language besides English?"
14:39 And if they tell you say, "Well, but this is there."
14:41 It's got really good videos, and different things,
14:44 and great stuff in English too.
14:45 Yes, yes.
14:47 So that's a way they can connect.
14:48 Yeah, because, I mean, you go to certain restaurants,
14:51 you go to, maybe a salon, nail salon,
14:54 whatever the case may be.
14:56 People speaking other languages,
14:58 no reason why we can't witness.
15:01 Now there is, I mean, there's even Google Translate.
15:05 So no language barriers anymore.
15:09 We have to get the gospel out. Yes.
15:12 There is another area that we're working in,
15:14 which is just apartment complexes
15:15 right in Houston city in southwest area.
15:18 There are places where housing maybe...
15:21 begin to be more vacant.
15:22 And with the refugees coming in,
15:24 refugees resettlement agencies contact them and say,
15:28 you know, "Is there a good place for them?"
15:31 So we found places where there's just many
15:33 from Afghanistan and Somalia, as we were mentioning earlier,
15:37 and Julie, in particular, has had some very
15:39 special experiences in connecting
15:41 with Muslim ladies there,
15:43 that I think is worth talking about.
15:45 Well, it's...
15:46 I wish our students could be with us,
15:48 because every time I go out,
15:50 there's all of us are going out, and I think,
15:52 "Oh my, I've got so many wonderful stories."
15:54 And then when we get in the van and talk about everybody else,
15:58 their divine appointments that they have had,
15:59 as they are knocking on doors and meeting people.
16:02 It's just exciting when you're willing
16:04 to go outside of your comfort zone,
16:08 and just say, you know, we are wanting to get
16:11 to know the neighborhood, and is there anything...
16:13 We want to welcome you to our country,
16:16 because most of them are very new.
16:18 Yes. Some have just arrived.
16:19 I met a family of six boys
16:23 from Afghanistan, two, three Sabbaths ago,
16:26 and they had just arrived three months ago.
16:28 And they took us up to their apartment,
16:30 and they had to sit down, gave us nuts and snacks,
16:34 and just wanted to be friends with us immediately.
16:37 And so we ask them,
16:39 you know, is there anything that we can do to help you,
16:41 and the one story that Scott
16:43 was probably talking about, Rachel,
16:46 one of our students as she's knocking on doors,
16:49 and she met a lady who was pregnant,
16:53 and this was back in November.
16:55 So we kept visiting,
16:57 every Sunday we're in this apartment building
16:58 so that we're able to go on...
17:00 It's an ongoing friendship. And that's the key.
17:04 Yes, consistency. And to...
17:05 Yes, to be able to be the family
17:07 that they have had to leave behind
17:09 because of the war,
17:10 or the reasons why they've had to come
17:12 because of the crisis in their country,
17:14 for us to step in that gap, and be the family for these,
17:18 for some of our brothers and sisters like this.
17:21 And this lady was from Afghanistan.
17:23 And we have befriended her each week.
17:27 And we were there when she first gave her...
17:31 Gave birth and we were her first...
17:33 In fact, there's a picture of that,
17:34 little one
17:36 with our student holding that baby.
17:37 Wow! We got the picture right there.
17:39 And it was...
17:41 And we were their first visitor.
17:42 And she said, "Thank you. You're my first visitor."
17:45 And everybody wants to show off their baby,
17:47 especially to their families.
17:48 So we could be family for her.
17:52 And the next week we came, next Sunday,
17:54 and then she started referring to us as her best friends.
17:59 And each week that we come,
18:01 we hear a little bit more about her story,
18:04 and she's asking us questions,
18:06 and it's just beginning to build
18:08 a beautiful friendship.
18:10 So you guys were cultivating relationships
18:12 with people is so important.
18:14 I think if we just this one question,
18:16 what would I want someone to do for me if it was me?
18:21 I love the text in Leviticus 19:34,
18:23 it says, "The stranger who dwells among you
18:26 shall be to you as one born among you,
18:29 and you shall love him as yourself,
18:31 for you were strangers in the land of Egypt,
18:33 I am the Lord your God."
18:35 You know, that's...
18:37 Jesus said, as you've done it to the least of these,
18:38 and He specifically spoke of,
18:40 I was a stranger, and you took me in.
18:45 Took me in, right to your heart.
18:47 And so in all the talk about refugees and immigrants,
18:50 all we need to do is say what would Jesus do,
18:53 how can we care and share.
18:55 And, you know, start praying.
18:58 This is a big, big piece
18:59 of what we've been talking about.
19:01 In fact, we've put together a booklet called Praying
19:04 for the World Next Door,
19:06 and it goes through the statistics
19:07 of who has come to America.
19:10 And it shows you where to go at our website to find out
19:12 who's in your metro area.
19:14 To find out who are the least reached here.
19:16 Because, I mean, you know, everybody is important, right?
19:19 But when you start to realize these people have no witness.
19:22 They're not going to come to my church,
19:24 they don't have radio program in their language,
19:26 and a lot of them
19:27 still don't speak another language.
19:29 So I need to be the one
19:31 who looks for that one lost sheep,
19:32 and leave the 99,
19:34 you know, we're so busy in church,
19:35 in our homes, we don't have time for this,
19:38 unless we make it a priority.
19:39 Absolutely. Like, Jesus did.
19:41 You know, I think of Jesus came to reach the Jews
19:44 so that they can in turn reach the world.
19:46 But He just couldn't help Himself.
19:47 There's the Roman centurion,
19:50 then there is the Samaritan woman,
19:51 and then there's a Syrophoenician lady,
19:53 then there's the 4,000, the feeding of the 4,000.
19:56 He just kept reaching
19:58 the world next door, even at the cross,
20:00 He was reaching out to the terrorists on His right,
20:04 and the Roman soldiers down below.
20:06 And that should give us, you know, just the confidence
20:08 that this matters to the heart of Jesus.
20:11 Yes, that level of service is just...
20:14 Yeah. Yeah. That's amazing.
20:16 So as we pray, I believe,
20:18 God is gonna do incredible divine appointments,
20:21 like, we were walking at the apartment complex,
20:23 you were visiting that lady,
20:25 and we had gone to a home, but they weren't there,
20:28 or they were sleeping, or something,
20:29 and I'm just thinking,
20:31 we have some time to kill it, and I don't want to kill it.
20:33 I want to know, God... You got two students with you.
20:35 Yeah, two students with me, walking through,
20:36 and I'm just praying, "Lord, lead us."
20:38 We go around a corner, and there is this man
20:40 with a horribly scarred face and hands.
20:44 And I reached out my hand, and I shook his hand and said,
20:46 "Hi, my name's Scott, what's your name?"
20:48 And he looked at me, and his eyes just show,
20:51 and I kept looking past the scars
20:53 through those eyes to say,
20:55 "This is a real human behind that."
20:57 He was from Afghanistan.
20:59 And he said, "Well, that's a long story."
21:00 You know, when one of the students
21:02 asked him a question, not to directly.
21:05 And I'm sure we will hear that
21:06 because we got his house number,
21:08 and we're going to be back visiting him,
21:10 'cause he just soaked up the friendship
21:12 you could tell he was lonely.
21:13 Nice, nice. So...
21:15 So prayer's a big key.
21:16 In families we've talked about,
21:18 looking and finding out who the least reached are,
21:21 what else would you say, Julie?
21:22 Just one of the things that we just take for granted,
21:26 that we found out about one, when we were knocking on doors,
21:31 we found a Somali
21:34 who didn't have any way to get to a doctor.
21:36 He had just come from the refugee camps,
21:38 he had a broken nose, because he had...
21:41 He had taken care of a young lady
21:44 who had been being bullied by several teenagers.
21:47 And he stepped in to help this young lady,
21:49 even though she didn't...
21:51 He didn't know her.
21:52 So he has this broken nose, everything is so expensive,
21:55 you know, doctors,
21:56 you just can't walk in much without.
21:58 No, you can't.
21:59 And when you don't have any money,
22:00 and so when we went to his door to ask,
22:03 you know, how can we help your...
22:05 You, here in America. What is there something...
22:07 And he immediately,
22:08 I need to be able to go to the doctor,
22:10 and we don't have any insurance card.
22:12 And so we came back the next week
22:14 and we helped him fill out the forms,
22:16 took him to the place where he could get it,
22:19 and from that,
22:21 you know, then now we're eating with him in the park,
22:25 we're meeting with him, and on a regular basis.
22:30 So it's just another one is...
22:33 When we get back on Thursday, an Afghani family,
22:37 who is moving,
22:38 there is a family of seven of them,
22:40 and she's pregnant, next month to deliver.
22:43 And they're living in a one-bedroom apartment.
22:46 Wow, seven people in one bedroom.
22:48 Yes, and they're moving this Thursday, and they...
22:51 to a two bedroom apartment.
22:53 And we're bringing bunk beds, so they can pile up.
22:56 Okay.
22:57 So just things like couches,
22:59 you know, we put it on the Facebook
23:00 for the churches to help, you know, down in Houston,
23:04 we're wanting them to get involved.
23:05 So we just...
23:07 When we reach out and we find these needs
23:09 we put them on the Facebook page,
23:11 and we get phone calls, I have a couch to give,
23:15 I have a rice cooker, I have bunk beds,
23:18 so just even simple things like that.
23:21 I love the fact that you guys are consistent,
23:23 you know, you're following up, because, you know, sometimes
23:26 you see people come into church,
23:29 and they're visiting, people say, "Hi."
23:33 You know, some people may speak,
23:34 some people may not.
23:35 And then, you know, they come back,
23:37 but nobody follows up with them from time to time,
23:40 and that's where the gap...
23:41 This is going to take discipleship
23:43 before they're ever evangelized.
23:45 I mean, it's gonna take close friendship,
23:47 because going from Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu background,
23:50 to becoming a dedicated
23:52 Seventh-day Adventist Christian,
23:53 a follower of Jesus is a long process.
23:57 And God can do it quickly and miraculously,
23:59 but it takes that dedicated love.
24:02 And I want to encourage
24:04 those who are listening, to think.
24:05 We can do this. This is not so hard.
24:07 I don't have to know all about these religions to reach them,
24:10 but I just have to be in the process of saying,
24:13 "God, please use me.
24:14 And when you think of what one person may do,
24:17 think of the Apostle Paul,
24:18 and what he was able to accomplish for God
24:21 Think of the international students that are here,
24:23 these are the world leaders, or future world leaders.
24:26 And they're here for four years,
24:27 six years, short time.
24:29 But 80% of them go back
24:31 having never been in a Christian church,
24:33 75% say they never had an American friend.
24:37 And we can change that.
24:39 You know, Isaiah 60, I think it's verse 22,
24:41 it says, "A little one will become a thousand,
24:43 and a small one, a strong nation.
24:45 I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time."
24:47 That's what God wants to do.
24:49 And you may be tired, you may think you have no time,
24:52 but if you just reach out to one,
24:54 and I did that on a shuttle,
24:56 when I was tired coming back from an overseas trip,
24:59 and I smiled at a young girl from China.
25:02 She smiled back and wanted to talk.
25:04 We made a friendship, brought her to the house,
25:07 got to know my wife, she began coming to church,
25:10 profess some belief in Jesus, then found her husband,
25:13 he was from a somewhat Christian background,
25:16 and just the other day,
25:18 I was saying to our students behind us,
25:19 we haven't learned much English,
25:21 and the Chinese speaking ones were there,
25:23 and, I mean, we haven't learned much Chinese
25:26 and all about, all I know, is Shasha,
25:28 and she said that's right, Shun Shun,
25:30 I need to get in touch with her,
25:31 'cause she had met
25:32 our international student friend,
25:34 whose name is Shun Shun,
25:35 she confused it with what I was saying,
25:38 called her that night
25:39 and set up Bible studies with her over the phone.
25:41 Wow!
25:42 So who knows what Shun Shun will do for the Lord,
25:45 but we need to just be thinking one person.
25:48 Absolutely.
25:51 You guys are doing
25:52 such amazing things by the grace of God.
25:54 How do people get involved,
25:56 and what are some of your needs?
25:59 Okay, let me say two ways, big ways to get involved.
26:02 The first one is come join us. Okay.
26:04 We just want to invite anyone who's listening to this,
26:07 who wants to be a missionary anywhere
26:08 in the world to seriously consider,
26:11 go to reach theworldnextdoor.com,
26:14 and apply, and go through that process and come.
26:17 We've got a huge mission field, and we have missionaries,
26:21 experienced missionaries
26:22 who will mentor you as you reach out.
26:24 Second thing is if you can't come, go online,
26:26 there's an online training kit by the same name
26:29 and you can do that with your family,
26:31 or with a small group in your church,
26:33 and begin reaching your local community.
26:35 It's just there.
26:37 If you want to give financially,
26:39 you can go to the same sites,
26:40 or also directly to ASAPMinistries.org,
26:44 and that students need sponsorship,
26:47 even some of our students right now are needing
26:50 that help and other things, it's a developing program.
26:53 Yeah, it's just started, we just opened up in August.
26:55 Yeah, just recently. Wow! Wow!
26:59 So our program runs from August to May.
27:02 And so, that's the time, kind of, a school timeframe,
27:06 and if people really,
27:08 you know, just love the people and don't want to leave them,
27:10 they can stay on another year internship.
27:12 Wow!
27:13 So they can stay on an additional year,
27:15 that is great.
27:16 What are other things that you have coming up next,
27:19 in the short time we have left.
27:21 What are some things that you have coming up?
27:24 Well, we continue
27:25 with the program till it finishes for this year,
27:28 and then revamp, re-look at it, always seeking to improve it,
27:32 partnering with the local churches
27:34 to reach out, and just praying
27:38 and asking God to finish His work,
27:40 'cause we need this everywhere.
27:42 And more labors, more labors in the field.
27:45 That's a big thing. Yes, yes, absolutely.
27:47 Well, thank you so much for coming on
27:50 and sharing with us.
27:51 I'll reach over there to you,
27:54 and thank you so much for joining us.
27:56 Make sure that you get involved in the mission field.
28:00 Well, we've reached the end of another program.
28:02 Join us next time, and remember,
28:04 it just wouldn't be the same without you.


Revised 2018-04-26