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A while back we had a two exciting events: two missionaries spoke in Denver. There was no fanfare, no large-scale advertisements shouting the praises of mass-conversions in some remote place outside America. But the events were exciting nonetheless: the missionaries spoke of the wonders of God's spiritual workings. That is exciting enough!
One speaker summarized his long and faithful work in Japan. Humanly speaking, the work is so difficult that it takes upwards of 15-20 years for a church to be fully planted in some parts of that pagan country. In contrast, it takes up to five years for the average American church to be established. Yet, in the face of such hardship (such as public and familial ostracizing) the small groups of Christian faithfully work when many in America would give up--"why bother," we would despair, "there is no church growth..."
Another speaker summarized the amazing work in the Middle East. Out of the millions in that region (literally millions in the Sudan alone), many are confessionally Reformed to one degree or another. The Spirit is working mightily, instructing believers through the pastors and calling His people to regeneration.
Many modern Christians are ignorant of the mighty doctrines of the Reformation--doctrines and practices rooted in the Word, transforming a civilization and starting the modern missionary movement.
Pastor Shawn Mathis was raised by God-fearing parents, served in the Air Force, worked as an electrical engineer and then entered the ministry by Godâ€™s grace....