My heart was stirred today as it occasionally is when I get requests from brothers in India and Africa to befriend them or go to their nation. I must admit I have to fight back tears,seeing my own comfortability and asking God for grace to do what's uncomfortable. My heart goes out to these men and women preaching without fear in lands hostile to their teaching and our God. it provoked me to write this maybe for my own benefit but I trust it shall speak to you too:-

10 reasons why you should go overseas.

1. Going into all the world is the command of the Lord to his disciples, this generation has no excuse not to obey Jesus, including us preachers! (Mark 16:15-18).
2. Going overseas will increase our capacity and always broaden our perspective (Acts 10:9-15).
3. Going overseas will reveal that your focus back home is way to narrow and your vision way to small (Acts 10:15).
4. Going overseas will unlock another facet of 5 fold ministry that is only discovered by going into another land and standing among a people of another culture (Acts 13:2).
5. Going overseas will rid you of the spirit of want. You will never lust for carnal material things after visiting the poor. Acts 4;32-34).
6. Going overseas will enable you to walk in the shoes of those who are hounded, persecuted, hated and rejected. Your experience will show that you have been chasing the superficial and artificial, your eyes will be opened to a new reality, and nothing but the real thing's of God will satisfy (Acts9:15-18).
7. Going overseas will place you on the devil's hit list and God's list of heroes. Satan hates missionaries because they oppose restrictions, defy barriers and smite the spirit of fear. Missionaries antagonize the devil because they don't give into cultural trends, political advice and human reasoning, they go when everything else stays, "stay home!" (Acts 23:11,12 ).
8. God gives you authority over the territory to which you are assigned. Go knowing that you have authority over devils, favor with man, freedom in the Holy Ghost and wisdom to relate truth to those in authority. (Acts 1)
9. If you're apostolic in doctrine and nature you must go overseas. Acts 2:38,42).
10. Be prepared to preach about the "one God" clearly passionately and doctrinally, Anything less cannot convince a people of its carnality, idolatry, lethargy and poverty. (Acts14:15. 17:23-27).

Someone once asked me. "when is it time for me to go overseas?" I replied, "when you can longer tolerate staying where you are"...

Paul.

please tell me of your experience or plans below thankyou and the Lord empower you in this new level this year change is on its way 2U.

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Comment by APOSTLE PRINCE A. WILSON, on June 9, 2011 at 1:51am
Dear beloved.ur post is such an inspiring.over here,our heart aches to reach the unreached,because that is one of the mandates given 2 us by God in this comision. But we are having one problem in our developing country,and that is "Financial help".if we can achieve what we have achieved so far wit our little earnings,we wil reach the world if given much. To whom much is given,much is expected.
Comment by APOSTLE PRINCE A. WILSON, on June 9, 2011 at 1:47am
Dear beloved.ur post is such an inspiring.over here,our heart aches to reach the unreached,because that is one of the mandates given 2 us by God in this comision. But we are having one problem in our developing country,and that is "Financial help".if we can achieve what we have achieved so far wit our little earnings,we wil reach the world if given much. To whom much is given,much is expected.
Comment by APOSTLE PRINCE A. WILSON, on June 9, 2011 at 1:46am
Dear beloved.ur post is such an inspiring.over here,our heart aches to reach the unreached,because that is one of the mandates given 2 us by God in this comision. But we are having one problem in our developing country,and that is "Financial help".if we can achieve what we have achieved so far wit our little earnings,we wil reach the world if given much. To whom much is given,much is expected.
Comment by APOSTLE PRINCE A. WILSON, on June 9, 2011 at 1:41am
Dear beloved.ur post is such an inspiring.over here,our heart aches to reach the unreached,because that is one of the mandates given 2 us by God in this comision. But we are having one problem in our developing country,and that is "Financial help".if we can achieve what we have achieved so far wit our little earnings,we wil reach the world if given much. To whom much is given,much is expected.
Comment by APOSTLE PRINCE A. WILSON, on June 9, 2011 at 1:40am
Dear beloved.ur post is such an inspiring.over here,our heart aches to reach the unreached,because that is one of the mandates given 2 us by God in this comision. But we are having one problem in our developing country,and that is "Financial help".if we can achieve what we have achieved so far wit our little earnings,we wil reach the world if given much. To whom much is given,much is expected.
Comment by Paul Thomas on June 8, 2011 at 5:12pm

Thank you friends for your response. I dont know why the blogs don't allow me (ir anyone else for that matter) to post individual responses...... so I have to reply either here or on your own blogs, but anyway, a sincere thank you for your comments.

As a missionary myself, I responsed over 16 years ago to the call of God to go overseas, with no partners or financial backup, I wanted to see if a man could trully live by faith without having to beg for money! I said God if you want me to go you pay for it, othewise forget it, I will sell insiuance for a living instead!... the result I travelled nearly twenty times to the states in 13 years. God was awesome, never asked for an offering. There is a mission field out there that presents to us an incredible challenge, I said to myself what kind of preacher am I if I refuse to obey the Lord ? ... My philosophy, "If its in you, its for you, so dont hang around Go, obey God.. (Mark 16:15). If its not in you, we should obey God and Go anyway, just because he said, go!"

If I can help someone or encourage someone, to make their dream a reality and God's dream their mission then, I feel I have at least made a little contribution, what you do with your life will become your investment back into your generation.... You are God's mesenger!

Paul

 

Paul

Comment by Rev Charles Oyange on June 8, 2011 at 1:02pm
Thank you man of God , i want to add my in put on this .,There is a general notion  , that has been going on , and its very worrying especially on the subject of scam .Perhaps we need to put straight that not only is Africa or overseas, the issue.Recently i  invited a man of God from USA , and on that note i received amessage from another ministry warning me of this man whom i honored and did alot , as well as going  around using the little resources to enable the crusade be .There were issues to do with finances , coning , what iam about to say is that its not about overseas .Its about an individual and vetting as well as knowing clearly who you are dealing with .Perhaps i would put it this way its about listening to God .Satan uses even those missionaries  right here in  Africa.I have witnessed jealousy , selfishness, bitterness among missionaries that i even wonder why would some one from another country meets the other and then they don't talk , they don't trust each other .The issue of scam does not affect Africa alone , it affect the whole world , it will be there , our resolved is that in all Christ is going to be preached that even thieves , liars and those in business to steal from men and women of God will know the truth .I stand with one word , that sin has no background nor color , the only challenge is that we are founded in different world , But our purpose is to preach Christ .We should earnest the kingdom and lift Him higher above all .
Comment by Rev Charles Oyange on June 7, 2011 at 1:17pm

Paul , i must admit that my tears were almost all glass when you spoke of this things .Its such a powerful testimony May you lift the glory of our God up high and allow Him to use you mightily .As have mentioned to you , we would love to have you in Kenya this September so that we preach the kingdom of our God .Kindly respond and let me know , and yes any body willing to partner with our ministry ,Below is our link .https://sites.google.com/site/generationofvictory/home

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