Continued from: Foundations of missions: Disciple Making
You will receive power…and you will be my witnesses…
God’s power is foundational for our outreach.
The best modern example I know of this is in Mozambique. Heidi and Rolland Baker were at the end of
their rope six years ago. Floods had
covered much of the country. They were
struggling with persecution from government officials. More and more refugees poured into their
camp, and then on top of everything else, a cholera epidemic hit. It looked like the end – time to pack up and
head back to America.
But the Bakers hung in there, depending on God for healing
and provision. And then, suddenly, something
broke in the spirit – some spiritual corner was turned. Everyone with cholera was healed
simultaneously. The doctors had never
seen such a miracle. And a country in
great desperation for hope began to find it in Jesus Christ.
Everywhere the Bakers went, this desperation for God was
manifested. Thousands began giving their
lives to Christ. Many other sick people
were healed. People began to have so
much faith that they prayed for the dead and saw them raised back to life. Stories of these miraculous events spread
like wildfire. New churches were planted
at an astonishing rate. Everywhere the
Bakers went, great crowds gave their lives to Jesus.
People in neighboring countries began to hear of what God
was doing. The same revival caught fire and
spread. And it continues unabated in
southern Africa today. The Bakers have seen over 5000 churches
Jesus said that we disciples would receive power. Some theologians in America want to
say that all that has stopped. There
aren’t any Bible verses that say that; they take verses and try to twist them
to support their position because they have never witnessed miracles themselves
and figure there must be a good theological explanation for it. But we have received power. The power supply never got shut off when the
apostolic fathers died. You have same
access to it as the people of Mozambique.
Continued in: Foundations of missions: local, national, regional, global strategies