We live in a world that is rapidly changing. The explosion of technology and information has created an environment of change and innovation that is unprecedented. The world is moving faster and faster; this is the new world in which our Lord Jesus Christ is building His Church.
On October 5, many of our Global Advance Ambassadors came together to worship, pray, fellowship, network, and receive training here in Dallas, Texas. The room was filled with over 90 of our Global Ambassadors, Advocates, and Partners, all of whom share one goal: to fulfill the Great Commission. There was a fresh urgency as we gathered together to plan and prepare for unprecedented opportunities to light the nations with the gospel in the coming year.
Notice these alarming facts of our world today:
There are 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel. The gospel must get to them.
As the global population increases, so does the need for the number of churches to reach the lost. There needs to be 5 million new churches planted.
The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people in the U.S. is 1 in 230. The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people outside of the U.S. is 1 in 450,000.
According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 2.2 million pastoral leaders (and as many as 3.4 million by some estimates) presently minister, while only 5% are trained for pastoral ministry.
Women are being marginalized, abused, and mistreated, but have hope and dignity in God’s eyes.
Poverty and corruption are rampant. Godly marketplace leaders raise the spiritual capital of nations. Christians in business can create capital that will bless churches, ministries, and bring help to social issues.
Christians are being persecuted at an all-time high. We are called to support them.
This is a troubling overview of our world, but HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people! As Christ builds His Church, it is our responsibility to equip these frontline leaders. For over 28 years, Global Advance has been a friend and advocate for indigenous leaders worldwide, challenging them to be catalysts for fulfilling the Great Commission. Global Advance has invested in more than 800,000 frontline leaders in 101 nations by placing vision in their hearts and practical tools in their hands.
Through the help of our Global Advance Ambassadors Network, we have been privileged to lift the arms of indigenous leaders worldwide who have surrendered their will, suffered in their walk, served their world, and spoken God's Word in the power of the Holy Spirit… for the single purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission in their context, community, country, and culture.
As we were commissioned for upcoming 2019 opportunities, we together sang this hymn:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
As we continue to light the nations together, may we look into His face and worship extravagantly. I challenge us to dream big dreams and cast a Kingdom vision that will last far beyond our lifespans.
How high are you aiming?
What will your legacy be?
Come, let’s GO together to empower frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. We need you! If you haven’t done so already, please click this link to check out our 2019 opportunities and indicate your specific areas of interest: www.globaladvance.org/goga
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!