There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
After 24 hours of travel we arrived at our destination and were greeted at the airport by one of our missionaries and his second oldest son. We had a great dinner last night with two missionary families, which included a very candid conversation about the challenges that come with sharing the Gospel in a country where the people are culturally averse to it. By their estimation there are only about four thousand evangelical Christians (non-foreigners) in the entire country. One particular challenge they face is Christianity’s perceived association with the West. Christianity is not merely the religion of the West though, is it? Following Christ is not a matter of culture, or birthplace, or nationality. It is about being transformed by the grace of God. It is about being united with Christ and therefore identified with Him above all others.
For the four thousand Christians in this country the new reality is that they have a stronger bond with us because of Jesus than they do even with their own neighbors or even family members who do not know Christ. The bond we have with them is the bond of the Gospel and no other. Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus alone makes them Christian, not western. Praise the Lord for that. Praise God that He is building His kingdom with men, women, and children from every tribe, nation, and tongue.
Pray that His grace would be at work in the hearts of those men, women, and children who have accepted Christ, that they would continue to be sanctified by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit through their submission to the authority of God’s Word alone. Pray also for the Lord to raise up elders within the local congregation here.