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"...
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.