As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Lord it is good to pause and remember the purpose of His coming to earth on that first Christmas morning in the city of Bethlehem. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). And, as we remember His birth let’s also bring back to mind a second birth He was involved in – the birth of His Church as found in Acts, Chapter two. Again, this birth was about “seeking and saving the lost” for this was the purpose of the Church and the call on individual believers (Matthew 28:18-20) and the reason for the power (Acts 1:8).
As I pause to reflect on this – and then examine my own lifestyle to see if I am living in such a way as to be a witness for Jesus as He calls all of us to be – I see some things I can adjust and change to enable me to better represent Him in my world – immediately here in my neighborhood, in the churches I work with, and in the ministry the Lord has opened for us overseas. I am, of course, willing to make these adjustments as painful as several of them may be to incorporate into an already busy life. But, we are talking about being true “ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom” and so nothing should be too much trouble.
Our slogan here at Ralph Howe Ministries (the sponsor of these daily blogs) is “Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations.” This is our daily focus and we take this calling from the Lord very seriously. Over the last several years we have impacted four nations in the former Soviet Union. We have seriously limited resources and even physically the travel and the workload is often a real challenge for me personally but with God’s grace we have seen many lives changed.
In 2012 we will again reach even more nations as believers in five new nations (for our ministry) have invited us to join them as they reach their nation and often other nations with the Gospel. We have accepted all of these invites and continue to work with those we have been privileged to come to know and love over the last three years.
We are an Apostolic Ministry with a prophetic expression; evangelistic in nature and structured for discipleship; training five-fold ministers as well as equipping the saints; all the while impacting the nations.
As we approach the end of another year of ministry in Eastern Europe and Central Asia we want to thank you for being such a vital part of what we are doing with the Lord. Many lives have been seriously impacted and permanently changed; eternal destinies have been altered; and many new ministries have been called forth and are being discipled, trained, equipped, and mentored through our ministry.
2012 will be an exciting and busy year and we hope you will renew your commitment to reaching the nations and continue to pray for this ministry. Your prayers are very foundational and seriously important to our continued outreach to those who do not believe and walk in darkness.