Greetings to you in His precious name. How much ever we thank the Lord is not enough for the grace He bestowed upon the different facets of our Ministry over here in Kolar Gold Fields, India, all through the year 2012. In spite of the difficulties, hindrances, crisis and obstacles that came our way, God was faithful to us in helping us overcome all those distractions and to press on with the good works He had planned for us the whole of last year.
Acts 1:8, a summary verse for the entire book of Acts and the entire early church, says "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Historically, the Church took up this call, this Mission, as the message of Jesus and His kingdom spread beyond Jerusalem to the entire Roman Empire and beyond.
In Matthew 28:18-20, our resurrected Lord makes clear the call and the Mission of His Church: "Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Jesus also said that "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14). The implication is that the Church has not completed its Mission until the ends of the earth, all peoples, have been reached with good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Believe it or not, there are still many places and peoples where the gospel of the kingdom has yet to be preached! In a previous blog post, you can even visit an organization that keeps track of the progress of the global Church. There are many different strategies for reaching these unreached people groups or "frontier missions" but its clear that this is the Mission of the Church.
It's wonderful to know that through our General Fund we support a number of Frontier Missionaries. Our partner in India, Frank Godberg, is fulfilling this call as India has a high number of unreached people groups and we are delighted to have new partnerships within The Antioch Partners that focus specifically on frontier missions. As Missions Director, let me offer thanks for those who continue to support the Mission of the Church through Trinity's involvment, and especially those who answer the call to go themselves to such places for the kingdom of God.