“What do you weep for?”

Stephen Davey, a pastor in Wake Forest, a small town outside Raleigh, NC once preached a sermon where he asked, “What do you weep for?”

Christian, I want to ask you that same question … What do you weep for? What do you weep for? What breaks your heart? Or, to be more direct and specific, when is the last time you were moved to tears over someone’s lostness and where they are going to spend eternity if they don’t surrender to Christ and trust Him as Lord and Savior?

Psalm 126:5-6 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

I along with six other people from Mercy Church in Charlotte, NC recently returned from a short-term mission trip to New York City for a Sifting Week with Global Gates. Our team was in Jamaica Queens, which is among the most diverse places in the country when it comes to the vast array of nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and religions represented. God has brought the nations there, including a slew of unreached people groups.

The highlights of the week were how He so graciously let us be a part of five salvation stories. Yes, we saw five people give their lives to Jesus and go from death to life! Many other gospel seeds were planted. We’re trusting God to provide other laborers to water those seeds and continue the discipleship process with the new believers. As the Apostle Paul makes clear in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, Only God can give the growth, and only He has the power to save. It’s our job to pray to the Lord of the harvest and to labor (See Luke 10:1-12). So, we had shouts of joy as we came home with our sheaves.

At the same time, it was the stories of rejection, lostness and separation from God that I can’t get out of my mind and weigh heavy on my heart. One in particular has brought me to tears multiple times while we were in NYC and since we have gotten back to Charlotte.

Early in the week we met a Muslim family. It was the month of Ramadan, so they were fasting from food and drink during the day and could only eat at night after the sun had set. They invited us into their home. We shared the Gospel with them, and then they had us break fast with them. This was a huge deal. We were complete strangers, and they had us join them for something that was sacred and intimate for them as a Muslim family. That’s true hospitality and kindness. It was a sacrifice for them to do that, especially with people they had just met.

That was a divine appointment, and by God’s grace He gave us the boldness to wade into it and we went after them with the love of Christ that compels us to pursue the lost. Like Pastor Rashard Barnes said several weeks ago during Mercy Church’s “Getting Started” series in his sermon on missions, sharing the Gospel is done by proclamation and demonstration. We proclaim by verbally telling others the Gospel message, and we demonstrate by living sacrificially and putting the needs of others before our own. They need to work in tandem.

We went back to that family’s home two more times. We listened to them share about Islam, and we read Gospel accounts to them from Mark and Luke. We did what friends do – spent time together. For our last meeting, we took them a gift and a letter to express our appreciation for their kindness and generosity. One of the family members even asked how he could repent and be saved, but wasn’t ready to believe when we told Him that Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6). It was heartbreaking to not only see the lostness of our new friend and his family, but it was even more painful when he rejected the message that can save his life. The word of the cross, which is God’s power to us, was folly to him. I was moved to tears after we departed, but have hope that God isn’t finished writing my friend’s story. So, I’m going to believe God, who is able to do far more than I could ever ask or imagine, for my friend’s salvation.

Last week reminded me and the rest of our team that laboring is hard, but Christ is worth it. Pastor and theologian John Piper said, “Missions exists because worship does not.” Jesus is only worthy of our worship, because He has done everything necessary to save us through His perfect sinless life, death and resurrection. God offers salvation to all who accept the perfect gift of His Son.

Jesus commanded us to go and tell this good news and to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). We do that not only because Jesus commands us to do so, but also because He made us into new creations and when He did that we became ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). That means we take Jesus to whoever we meet and wherever we go. It’s our calling, because Jesus made it our identity when He purchased us with His finished work on the cross.

God made people, and He wants to know them. We were made to be in relationship with our Creator. The Gospel is for all peoples, and it should break our hearts when people don’t know Jesus or reject Him.

So, Christian, what do you weep for? The thought of lost people should break your heart. The harvest is great, but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). We don’t have a harvest problem. We have a labor problem, and if you’re an ambassador of Christ that means you’re called to be a laborer, too. So, pray to the Lord of the harvest, and join His mission. The field is waiting.

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Timothy George Interviews David Garrison

What is Global Gates all about? Dr. Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, interviewed Global Gates Executive Director, David Garrison, last month about Global Gates and the Great Commission challenge to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, tribe, and tongue. Listen to this exciting interview on the Beeson Divinity School website here.

 

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Superplan: a journey into God’s story

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In a 21st century pilgrim’s progress, Chris Clayman takes us on a journey into God’s
Superplan. An encounter with Jesus propels Clayman from his American Christian middle-class lifestyle into an adventure with God that leads him from Texas to Cambridge University to Muslim West Africa, eventually leading him to discover God’s global gateways to the ends of the earth through New York City. Clayman’s journey of faith will challenge readers to live for God’s story instead of their own, and experience for themselves how God uses ordinary disciples to accomplish the extraordinary.

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Chris Clayman is the Co-Founder of Global Gates (www.globalgates.info), a mission organization focused on reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. He has been    involved in pioneer church planting in urban and rural West Africa and New York City among unreached Muslim peoples. Chris is also the author of ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York (unreachednewyork.com). Chris lives with his wife Nichole and three children in New York City.

For more information about the book, visit thesuperplan.com.
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Global Gates Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States with a combined population of 6.3 million residents in the Houston metropolitan area. With more than 90 languages spoken in Greater Houston, it is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country. Global Gates is growing a team to serve the nations in Houston.

Thank you from Houston!

Thank you for the wonderful response to our appeal for Muslim widows and single mothers in Houston. Our Global Gates team in Houston has adopted widows and single Houstonmoms from the Muslim immigrant community. These women lost approximately 75% of all their belongings in the devastating flood that accompanied Hurricane Harvey.

Our team went right to work hauling out ruined belongings, extracting standing water, pulling insulation, cutting out soggy sheet rock, and drying out their homes. Muslims in the neighborhood worked along side our missionaries, and expressed their love and appreciation for our Christ-inspired compassion for them. As we worked side by side, heart-felt relationships were forged and now we talk together as if we were family.

None of these women had flood insurance, and without your help they would have been hard-pressed to recover. Our next phase includes replacing sheet rock and insulation, painting, installing floors, cabinets, and lost furnishings.

Much remains to be done. We still need your support!

You can donate directly to Global Gates’ Houston Disaster Response by clicking here just choose <Disaster Relief 40300> from the dropdown menu.

Blessings,
Your Global Gates Team in Houston

Urgent Need: A Muslim Donates to GG

“Go away from here! We don’t want your help!” This was the immediate response from a Musa, a middle-aged Muslim man, when Jay, our Global Gates missionary, showed up in his housing complex offering help.

Jay explained to him that we were following the teachings of Isa (Jesus) who instructs us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. “Isa has been so good to us,” Jay explained, “that we must help those in need.”

Musa turned away in silent resistance. But two days later he was back. Our Global Gates Muslim Donatesteam was hauling out the flood-soaked ruins of a Muslim widow’s home, when Musa appeared. “I was wrong,” he said, “you are doing God’s work.” Jay shook Musa’s hand, and Musa asked if he could pray for our Global Gates team.

After Musa finished praying, he said, “How can I help? I want to donate to the work of your team.”

Would you join Musa in supporting the work of Global Gates in Houston? The federal government now projects that the rebuilding of Houston will cost in the billions of dollars. Your gift of $70 can purchase a Flood Bucket of relief supplies, or you can contribute toward the $10,000 cost of restoring a widow’s home in Houston. You can donate directly to Global Gates’ Houston Disaster Response by clicking here just choose <Disaster Relief 40300> from the drop down menu.

Thanks for your help!
DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Urgent Need: Adopt a Widow

“Who are the neediest in our community?” This is the question that Global Gates’ Houston team asked as they assessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. As always, God’s Word provided a trustworthy guide: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).Flood Damage

Through their personal relationships within the Muslim communities of Houston, Global Gates missionaries have adopted Muslim widows for the focus of their ministry. These women, who are without husbands to care for them, are particularly vulnerable. Their modest homes have been flooded and many of their most precious possessions lost to torrential rains.

Our on-the-ground team has determined that it will take about $10,000 to restore each widow’s home to pre-flood conditions. Our missionaries are already hauling away ruined possessions, pulling up carpets, and stripping away soggy dry wall.

We’re inviting you to “Adopt a Widow” by giving toward the goal of $10,000 per widow restored. As you give, you can be assured that God will find your gifts “pure and faultless” as His Word promised. You can donate directly to Global Gates’ Houston Disaster Response by clicking here just choose <Disaster Relief 40300> from the drop down menu.

Thank you for your help!
DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Urgent: Why Did This Happen?

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey the world is asking the question, “Why did this happen?” Our question is not unlike that of Jesus’ disciples in John 9, who asked why a particular man was born blind: “Who sinned,” they asked, “this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus replied, “Neither…this came about so that God’s works might be displayed….” (John 9:3). And he healed the man.

While it may be interesting to ask why Hurricane Harvey happened, it’s much more important to do what Jesus did, and respond! As disciples of Jesus, Global Gates missionaries are displaying God’s works to the people of Houston, particularly its least-reached, most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Your gifts will provide immediate relief: mosquito repellent, cleaning tools, repair Harveysupplies, disinfectants, towels, and essential items for those who have lost everything.

We need your help. The time to act is now. The need is urgent. You can donate directly to Global Gates’ Houston Disaster Response by clicking here just choose <Disaster Relief 40300> from the drop down menu.

In the same John 9 passage, Jesus pressed his disciples to realize: “Night is coming, when no one can work.” Dear friends, it’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.

Thank you for your help!
DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Urgent Need: How Much Do We Care?

It was a wise person who said, “Before people care how much you know, they need to know how much you care.”

Global Gates missionaries in Houston have been hard at work for many months building relationships with Houston’s least-reached people neighborhoods. Today, however, they have an unparalleled opportunity to show them how much Christ loves them and cares for their physical as well as their spiritual needs.

Already Global Gaters are teaming up with the people to whom God has called them, tearing out soggy carpets and drywall, distributing care packages in the form of “Flood Buckets” and adopting widows, the communities most vulnerable inhabitants, with acts of love and restoration.

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Restoring a Widow’s Home

You can be a part of impacting these least-reached people groups with the love of Jesus Christ. Just $70 will provide a “Flood Bucket” filled with relief supplies. A gift toward the goal of $10,000 can restore a destitute widow to wholeness.

Relationships are making this impact felt among these underserved survivors of Hurricane Harvey. You can donate directly to Global Gates’ Houston Disaster Response by clicking here just choose <Disaster Relief 40300> from the dropdown menu.

Your gifts through Global Gates relationships are revealing just how much the Body of Christ cares for them!

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

If at First…

The old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” applies to Global Gates missionaries as well.

Our Global Gates team in Houston is adopting apartment complexes filled with South Asian Muslims. In one apartment complex, a Global Gates missionary attempted to share the gospel, hoping to start seeker Bible studies. Over a period of five months, he shared the Gospel with 90 percent of the Muslim residents with very little positive results. An often-heard complaint from the Muslims was, “We know that the New Testament has been corrupted!”

May 15 GG photoDepressing, yes, but not the end of the story. Rather than shaking the dust from his feet, this Global Gates missionary prayed for new insights and set out again.

With fellow team members, they returned to the same apartment complex and knocked on 60 doors in one evening, but this time with a different appeal. Rather than dispute or argue the Muslims’ perception of the New Testament, the missionaries said, “We want all Muslims to know an uncorrupted New Testament is available.”

The results were amazing. Four Muslim families agreed to host a weekly Bible study in their homes. Adjusting the appeal yet again, “How can we pray for you and your family?” The apartment complex now has 15 Muslims professing Jesus as Lord and Savior!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates