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Serving the Kingdom in Southeast Asia

A Passage I Love

Jim, from gave our little missionary "e-community" an assignment to write a short post on a scripture we love by Valentine's day. True to form (and to the chagrin of every teacher I ever had, and often my wife) I have put this off until the last possible day. But now, a passage I love:

Habakkuk 1:5 (New King James Version)

The LORD's Reply 5 " Look among the nations and watch - Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

I was originally going to write about one of my old favorites, but this verse (which I stumbled upon while browsing the FMI website) is such a powerful Word from God - and it is incredibly true today! As we have shared about the faith of the Akha people, those who have received it can hardly believe - as American Christians we are being challenged by the faith of the Akha! As I read stories of missionaries gone before, and as I see in film depictions of incredible devotion I think of how astounded those missionaries would be if they saw what missions looks like today.

A great work is being done. Look at the nations - the world has been made smaller! Though many would credit humanism, modernism, and the revolutions of man for this change, it is so apparent to me that God has worked a work in our days. And though the "days grow evil" and terror and hatred send fear throughout the earth, the good news of Christ - of His life, His Passion and His redemption - is able to spread far faster and wider than we have ever known.

Pray that the Lord of the harvest send out laborers into this great work.

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