One of the passions of my life and of our church is worldwide missions. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to take a ten-day missions trip to Asia and Australia, preaching in two conferences and ministering to hundreds of pastors and missionaries. It was a joy to see God’s work in other places.
Our trip began in Singapore where I preached and taught sessions at Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia. Niranjan Sundararaj, a godly businessman from Asia, did a tremendous job as conference coordinator in preparing the conference. Missionaries Terry Unruh (Sri Lanka) and Ray Crocker (Singapore) along with their wonderful congregations also invested much preparation into this time.
This conference was amazing in terms of how many people came and, especially, the nations represented. Pastors and Christian workers from seventeen countries, including many who minister in the 10/40 window, attended. A highlight was seeing several missionaries our church supports on the field and meeting many missionaries from Asia to other nations in Asia, including several “closed” countries.
Dr. David Gibbs and Pastor Wayne Hardy also preached at this conference, and others taught sessions. There was such a receptiveness to preaching, and it was a joy to preach and teach a few hundred pastors on soulwinning and church planting as well as in striving together for training and sending forth laborers.
From Singapore, we traveled to Australia where we preached at the leadership conference hosted by Pastor Nathan Lloyd and Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Brisbane. We were joined there by Pastor Doug Fisher, Missionary Wayne Sehmish, and Dr. David Gibbs. This conference was attended by pastors and missionaries from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and other countries.
The Lord blessed this conference in a profound way. The biblical preaching, great conservative music, and the gracious spirit of the Good Shepherd Baptist church all radiated of God’s Spirit at work. The entire meeting was permeated with a revival spirit that culminated with a touch of revival on the last evening.
Another highlight of this trip to me was that a few men from our church as well as my uncle from Colorado were able to travel with me. It was a blessing to spend time with them as we ministered.
In the ten-day period, I preached eighteen times, was able to counsel many of God’s choice servants, and feel blessed and enriched for the privilege to expand the ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church and our Lord in these regions.
There’s nothing like a missions trip to remind you of the importance of praying for missionaries. While in Singapore, we visited both a Hindu and a Buddhist temple. It was a sobering reminder to me of the need to pray for missionaries who labor to bring the gospel light to those in darkness.
This trip also reminded me anew of the need for laborers all around the world. Everywhere I went, there were fields ripe for harvest but needy of workers. In both conferences, national leaders from several different nations shared with me the great needs in their fields for more laborers.
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.—Matthew 9:37–38