Just before He ascended into Heaven the Lord Jesus gave His disciples a reminder of His "Great Commission" to take the Gospel to the whole world! (Acts 1:8; see also: Matthew 28:18-20) Then an angel told the disciples that Jesus would return the same way He left the earth (Acts 1:9-11). Christians are not supposed to abandon this missions mandate and retire to a mountaintop to wait for His return. Instead, they should "occupy," or "do business" until He returns (Luke 19:13 - in a parable about faithful stewardship).

We are living at the end of the greatest period of missionary activity in history. This was foretold in the message to the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). During this time missionaries have followed Jesus' own example of meeting people's needs in order to earn the right to be heard. They have improved the living conditions of people around the world, fed the hungry, built hospitals, and established schools. Then they have given the Gospel, the best of all gifts.

Unfortunately, the spirit of the apostate Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) is rapidly growing stronger, threatening to merely provide assistance without faithfully giving the life-changing Gospel message that Jesus is God's only provision for salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Ultimately, there will be representatives in Heaven of "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). The Bible says, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). So far, the missionary enterprise has only been the privilege of human disciples of the Lord, but at a certain time during the Tribulation period God will allow angels to finish the work (Revelation 14:6-7).

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How Missionaries Are Changing Medicine

May 8, 2013 - Hannah Gay, a pediatrician and former Southern Baptist missionary to Ethiopia has apparently found a cure for a baby born with the AIDS virus. She joins the ranks of many other current and former medical missionaries who have made breakthroughs in medicine. Read about their work with cancer, leprosy, and other medical issues. The Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board reports an all-time high of 300 medical missionaries on the field.
Source: Cbristianity Today

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Radio Ministry Plans to Reach 60 Percent of World's Population With Gospel

Apr. 15, 2013 -
The global media organization Trans World Radio (TWR) said that within less than two years they will be able to deliver Christian content to nearly 60 percent of the people in the world in their own language.
TWR is the largest media ministry in the world. For the past 60 years they have used various radio bands, including short wave, to reach people all over the world, including countries that are closed to Christianity. They plan to integrate radio, the Internet, and smart phone technology. They will also employ the latest automated language translation technology. At first they will use five languages English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Russian. At that point they will be able to reach 28 percent of the world's population in their first language A year later they will employ 17 languages and will potentially reach 58 percent of the world's population in their first language or heart language.
Source: Christian Post
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How Should Christian Satellite Networks Evangelize to Muslims?

Jan. 10, 2013 - The "Innocence of Muslims" film that caused riots in Egypt last year has stimulated debate among Christian broadcasters about the right way to reach out to Muslims. Terence Ascott, CEO and founder of SAT-7, the evangelical satellite channel that airs broadcasts from Cairo to Beirut explains their policy:
"Exposing the faults of another person's belief system is best done face to face in love. To do it through a broadcast can often lead to a negative reaction by viewers, and... local Christians and churches then pay the price."
There are other broadcasters who use their satellite programs to expose Islamic error. The debate continues.
Source: Christianity Today

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