Stories

A story of students connecting with the Mission Field of TODAY!

Why?

Jakob Voories, age 13, walked into the Mission ConneXion conference two years ago looking for an opportunity to go into all the world and make disciples, as Jesus calls us to do in Matthew 28. While at the conference Jakob connected with an established mission organization that provided exactly the opportunity that he was looking for, a missions trip to Indonesia! The only thing that stood in Jakob’s way was a Mom who wasn’t so sure about letting him go as a missionary to the most populous Muslim nation in the world. Having lots of questions, Jakob’s mom came by the booth of Teen Missions Int’l, talked with their national representative, and began with her husband the painful, prayerful and, what some would call, controversial process of letting her son go on a summer-long mission trip. As a consequence the Voories family has never been the same since.

The tremendous need of the world around us for the gospel of Jesus Christ is irrefutable. According to the CIA’s World Factbook our world is currently inhabited by nearly 7.1 billion people and slightly more than 33% of them claim to come from a “Christian” background[1]. Of the nearly 4.3 billion lost people nearly 2.9 billion[2] reside in what experts consider “unreached or least-reached” people groups[3].   In the face of these numbers we see the overwhelming need to train the young people of today to reach out to the billions who are dying without Jesus!

Stories like that of the Voories family, standing in the face of these daunting numbers, ultimately drove me, the national representative mentioned above, to a point of vision. What would it look like if every single youth who attended a mission conference like Mission ConneXion really experienced the call that Jesus has given all of us to go and make disciples? What if 1,000… 10,000… or 100,00 students really got on fire for the Lord and took up this call? How could I make this happen? Is the need too big? Too overwhelming?   OR, could God actually accomplish such a tremendous work… maybe even in my lifetime? 

How beautiful are the feet…

If you talk with Jakob’s parents, you’ll find that through a simple step of faith their whole family has begun to change.   Jakob’s experience on the mission field has firmly rooted his faith in Christ. Subsequently two of his siblings have gone on mission trips, and Jakob himself has continued his mission excursions around the world. By surrendering their most prized possessions, their children, Jakob’s parents have set them free to serve God in ways far beyond anything they had previously dreamed of or imagined. In fact, their whole family has gotten involved in the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and everything about their world has truly changed! By sending Jakob on a mission trip his entire family has begun to live out the challenge Paul gave us in Romans 10:14-15: “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ ” So, how can God use a student whom you know to transform a family, church, community, country or even the whole world?

 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html (Roman Catholic 16.85%, Protestant 6.15%, Orthodox 3.96%, Anglican 1.26%)

[2] http://www.joshuaproject.net/great-commission-statistics.php

[3] According to the Joshua Project “an unreached or least-reached…people group” is a people group that have less than 2% Evangelical Christian and less than 5% Christian Adherents in it.

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