I spent the weekend with an awesome group of people; worshipping God and seeking His heart for the nations.
14 months ago, I went on my first Next Steps camp. Looking back, I can see how that weekend clearly impacted the direction of the year that followed.
It was on this weekend from May 2018 that God made it clear to me that going on the Short Term Overseas Mission Program (STOMP) to East Timor was the right next step. If you have read any of my previous blogs, you know the impact this trip had on me. After the STOMP is when I applied for Worldview College and finally started the process of joining WEC.
Because of what happened last year I was expecting God to move in big ways this Next Steps camp, and that’s exactly what He did! The presence of the Lord was moving amongst us.
It was lovely to meet with a group of people who ‘get me’. Even though I had never met some of them before we bonded on a deep level quickly, and I felt they understood me as we share a heart to see the unreached reached. Each of us are at different stages of our journeys into mission, but were able to encourage one another, ask questions and expect big things from God. I’m so excited to see where these people will be a year from now, how God will use their gifts, passions and most importantly their desire to serve Him and ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Acts 1:8).
We discussed how God has always been on mission, from the beginning of time, and will be on mission until that day that every knee is bowed, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Having space and time to ask questions, challenge one another and to have our worldviews expanded was so valuable. Even though I have been interning for a mission organisation, it is so easy to get caught up in life and forget there is a whole world outside of my little neighbourhood. This weekend I was reminded of the situation around us, that still there is over 42% of the world’s population that has not heard of Jesus!
So Amber, what was the best thing?
One of the major highlights of the camp was the prayer for the nation’s session on the Saturday night. A few of us expressed how it was a long time to be praying and feared we may even fall asleep! But that’s not what happened, instead the hour flew by and I truly felt like we had entered the presence of God. My good friend Emma wrote about it on her blog and she captured it beautifully.
We were very lucky to have a WEC worker on home assignment who shared stories about “her people”. Seeing the way this Australian lady has faithfully served and prayed for this unreached people group touched my heart. I was convicted that I need to be in regular prayer for the people I’m going to be working amongst, even if I don’t know yet who they are.
We were all confronted by what looked like a sea of people, representing 1/10th of the unreached people in the world. On each strip of material was a people group, the country they reside in and the population. It was overwhelming to see, and Jesus’ words “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few’ really rang true. However instead of complete helplessness (as I have often felt when confronted with this statistic) I was excited about the promise that every nation, tribe and people will be represented when worshipping the lamb in the throne room of Heaven.
So today I want to encourage you to start praying for the nations, because the promise is that they will be represented at the throne room in Heaven. But the question is, are we going to join God in his mission in reaching them?
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!
Some useful tools.
I’ve started using the Unreached of the Day app by Joshua Project, so that I can pray specifically for a new people group each day.
Some days God will give me a group of people to pray for and so I’ll pray for them. There are so many great resources out there, I encourage you to find one that works for you. I’ve found it’s useful to pray with someone else and this also keeps you accountable.