Almost through another week. Time is sure flying!
I've been reading Capturing Voices, the biography of Joy Ridderhof, GRN's founder. It's one of those challenging books where the central person walks totally dependent on God. It is challenging to think how we can exercise our own dependence on God in our work and allow him more glory!
These days I always try to have my Global Recording card with me just in case I meet someone who may be interested in the mission. The nature of this mission is in my mind one of the most significant things in getting the message of deliverance to all those who need deliverance and I want to put these tools in the hands of every Christian who could possibly need them.
Well, Katrina and I have just completed our first official week at the Sydney GRN offices as staff. We've actually cheated a bit and been around a bit longer. In fact I've been working on IT systems for GRN Australia and USA for a few years, but its a bit different as staff!
Probably one of the most obvious differences for me is that I'm working in an office, rather than from home as I was as a mission IT consultant for Crosscape Technology. That means we need to commute to the office. While it's not the longest drive, it is still 30 mins by car, or 1.5 hours by train and bus (and foot).
Today I picked up the buzzing handset, said “Global Recordings”, identified myself and heard a woman's voice, not known to me, but it had a familiar accent. It reminded me of the voice of a dear friend of mine who lives in Edinburgh. Understandable and very lilting, my caller identified herself as being from that part of Scotland.
Then she asked me for a bible-based recording of a language for outer MONGOLIA.
“Wow! Would you wait while I look up my list of Asian recordings?”.
Not wishing to labour a point too much but I've been watching a Documentary on the development of the English language. It has never occurred to me just how much the Gospel has been tied up with technology down through the centuries.
I know that I've made a point of the place of the Roman empire played in the spreading of the Gospel but I'd never even thought about the roll of the printing press.
This is actually a question that have I been asked at one of my deputation meetings for Global Recordings Network.
Those who have had contact with missions would naturally answer "of course not".
But since that question has been asked it would seem that there are at lest some in the Christian community that think missions is a wast of time. The work has been done and now there is nothing to do but wait for the return of Christ.
Where have all the preachers gone?
And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. (Matt.24:14)
Is it possible to preach the Gospel to the Whole World?
With all the Technology we have, we still have only reached a fraction of the world.
Christian Radio can only reach where there is a radio and that will only ever be where people value the technology. Not to mention that it can only reach largely where the antenna is pointed.
Christians are Incredible Easily Lead!
The other day my wife received an email from a more mature Christian, passing on another email that he had received, asking Christians to ban a particular movie.
How stupid are we to pass this information on?
What incredibly good advertising for the movie!
Let me explain what I mean:
a) When was the last time that someone told someone not to see something or do something only to have them immediately go ahead and see it? It's like wet paint. Everybody just has to touch it.
I loved reading this report:
Dan Rulison wrote:
“ I personally have been greatly encouraged and blessed to be able to participate in the formation of our 'Every Nation' team here in Siberia. In contrast to the icy grip of white winter, our hearts are pulsing with love, passion and vision. God's heart itself is what we are reflecting and following for He has bled and indeed bleeds with hot love in His pursuit of the Small Peoples of the North, the fallen and down-trodden strangers in their own land here.
Dalene Joubert writes from South Africa:
At a big seminar with local pastors, we had on display many Christian materials.We asked the pastor for their opinion on what would be most helpful to their churches and their evangelism efforts. We really hoped they would spend some time studying the materials and make a considered group decision.
Instead they looked at the books without even touching them, and then went straight to the big colorful GNM illustration books with tapes and texts. In two minutes they had all decided this was what they needed.