As a missionary on deputation, I am always seeking to learn more about the culture and religion of the nation to which the Lord has called me. My calling is to the country of England. In my most recent trip to England, I was overwhelmed by the apathy of a people who are supposedly part of a Christian nation. I have been doing some reading recently about the religious climate in England. The statistics are stunning. I’ve known that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the nation, but I had no idea what a stronghold that religion has on the country. The recent census numbers lead the experts to believe that within the next 10-20 years the Muslims will overtake the nation, and they could even take over as the national religion. The people in England who are claiming Christianity are mostly the older generation. The younger generation is known to identify with other false religions rather than the national religion. Even within the national religion there is so much fallacy that it is hard to know exactly what percentage of the country is Biblical in its view of Christianity.
With every article that I read, my heart longs to be in the nation to which the Lord has called to minister. I long to be there NOW. I know there are many missionaries who share this internal struggle as well as we travel on deputation. What is the answer for the nations of the world who need the Gospel? It is for our churches to send missionaries to them as quickly as possible to share the good news of the Gospel with them before it is eternally too late. The Lord is going to come back soon. What could you do to help a lost person on the mission field of the world hear the Gospel? Maybe you could give to your church’s missions program. Maybe the Lord would have YOU go. Definitely you could pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest field and use each one of us in the area in which He has placed us.
Matthew 9:36-38 – “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”