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Following The Great Commission in Belize


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“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” –        Matthew 28:18-20

On a mountain in Galilee, a resurrected Jesus Christ met with His eleven living disciples.  The only one who was not among them was Judas, who had committed suicide in despair over his betrayal of Christ.  Jesus spoke to them the words above, in a passage that has come to be known as the Great Commission.  It is this commission, spoken not only to the eleven, but to all disciples of Christ, that leads Christians to evangelize.  With those words, our mission to reach the world for Jesus Christ was put forth. 

Evangelism can be a delicate act.  Many missionaries risk their very lives by evangelizing in countries in which it is a crime to do so.  Other Christians face charges of “divisiveness” and “intolerance” for following the orders of our Savior.  Many choose not to take the chance, and they ignore the Great Commission in its entirety.  I want to share with you how one group of ordinary people has taken this mission seriously, and with wonderful results. 

Springfield, Illinois is a city with slightly more than 111,000 people living within its limits.  On West Carpenter Street, the First Assembly of God Church meets with the vision “To Win Souls & Make Disciples.”  They call themselves the “More Lord” church, and they have been following the Great Commission in places far from the comforts of home.  Making an average of four mission trips per year, members of this church have been spreading the gospel in places such as Korea and Guatemala. 

In October, Associate Pastor Todd Vance led a group of ten members on a mission trip to Belize.  The team hooked up with Don and Janice Scheske, missionaries assigned to this tiny Central American country.  For nine days, according to team members Dennis and Judy Coy, the team traveled to a different village every night, braving temperatures nearing the century mark, and a relative humidity almost as high.  The “Springfield Ten” would distribute tracts in the various villages, and invite people to come to their nightly services. 

The first nightly service was held on October 6th, and out of 75 people in attendance, three surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ.  Attendance at these services grew rapidly, and so did the hunger for Christ.  By the end of their nine days, the Holy Spirit had used this team to reach more than 325 people for Jesus Christ! 

“It was awesome, the hunger that was in those little children and adults as well,” beamed Judy Coy.  “Janice and Don will follow up with all of the new Christians.  And they have some village people that are so dedicated to helping them.”

The disciples who walked with Jesus 2000 years ago, were a snapshot of ordinary people.  Yet Jesus did wonderful works in them and through them.  The Apostle Paul was an ordinary man who answered a calling from Christ Jesus, and became perhaps the greatest missionary the world will ever know.  Ten ordinary men and women from the “More Lord” church in Springfield, Illinois, committed themselves to following the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.  Ten people, who yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit, were instrumental in “making disciples” of 325 people in another nation. 

Are you willing do submit yourselves to the work of a disciple?  God uses ordinary people to show Himself to the world.  Are you willing to be an instrument of Jesus Christ, and let Him be seen and known through you?  Are you willing to draw upon the Lord for your strength, and to be a contender?    If the Lord used ten ordinary people from Springfield, Illinois to claim over three hundred souls in nine days, think of what could happen if we all showed the same resolve and dedication to following the Great Commission.