One of the values that the EU has embraced over the last decade is the “less reached and the less resourced” – that is, considering the needs of those who have little or no access to the Gospel, and little or no access to resources like solid Bible teaching and ministry leaders. In our current context, I think it is one of the antidotes for our soul and a key to Christian maturity.
Why do I say this? Well, at some point most of us have experienced lockdown. For me this is week number five. Sadly, this shrinks my world as suddenly my horizon is my bedroom, the place I Zoom, or my backyard (should I be blessed to have one!). It is hard to lift my gaze to things outside my LGA, let alone my city, or country. Media in all its forms reduces my vision as Covid statistics saturate the news and social websites.
Yet I believe that even during lockdown, considering the LRLR can soothe us and help us keep growing spiritually. How?
The EU vision keeps saying, look out and see countries still waiting to know Jesus, people groups needing to access the resources we have here in abundance in Australia, cultures devoid of Christian heritage, and tribes who have no Bible in their own language. The LRLR keeps us from navel gazing about how “I feel” and lifts our eyes to what God may be doing around the globe.
The LRLR keeps us from navel gazing about how “I feel” and lifts our eyes to what God may be doing around the globe.
As I write this, the EU’s Annual conference is in full swing. We have 10 missionaries helping the students to see this ministry horizon – and it has been glorious. The LRLR workers have called us to pray for the world, care for those who serve the LRLR in tangible ways, and give to the work of the Gospel going out. I am encouraged to believe that there is more happening outside my four walls, because God’s word grows me to look outside of myself and see a whole world of people who are just as precious to him as I am.
Will you join me in lifting your gaze?
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