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Oswald Smith used to ask, "What would you do if you saw ten men lifting a log; and if nine were on one end and one on the other?" His point was the vast majority of Christian workers are in areas that are considered evangelized even though there are approximately 6,000 un-evangelized people groups across the world. Year in and year out, we send men and women to the wrong end of the log. The simple fact is that the deployment of Christian troops in the world is proof that the church in the west does not yet have a wartime mentality. It is as though during World War Two we conscripted one million men and then sent just 600 to go and fight Hitler and kept 999,400 at home. What we are doing just doesn't make sense. In every wartime scenario there are two main lines of offense. The front lines and the supply lines. Both are crucial. The Mission Field has often been called the frontiers or front lines––the place where the battle is usually the fiercest. Many faithful believers throughout the centuries have recognized the wartime parallel of the Great Commission.

Paul the missionary was one of them which is why he instructs us to:

  • Fight the good fight of the faith
  • Endure hardship like a good soldier of Christ Jesus
  • Put on the full armor of God
  • Please our commanding officer
  • Not wage war as the world does
  • Demolish strongholds

There are many mission fields in the world. Like our schools, workplaces or hometowns. Globally, there are also areas where Christ has not been named and the Church has not yet been planted, these are called frontiers. Paul was a frontier missionary said his ambition was to preach Christ in these places (Rom 15:20). He constantly pioneered towards the places where there was no church. Whichever part of the battle you are called to serve in, remember that you ARE called!

Prayer is key to completion of the Great Commission but prayer should never be a substitute for obedience. The last command of Christ was to 'go make disciples of all nations' There's a rule in the armed forces: Always obey the last order you got, until you get new orders from command headquarters. The last order we got in the Bible was 'Go'!

“Shall we stand by and allow these millions to continue under the curse and snare of a false religion, with no knowledge of the saving love and power of Christ? Of course it will cost life. It is not an expedition of ease nor a picnic excursion to which we are called...It is going to cost many a life, and not lives only, but prayers and tears and blood.” —Samuel Zwemer
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Charlotte said:

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The question is not where *I* would go if I saw "ten men lifting a log; and if nine were on one end and one on the other?" The question is "Where is the Foreman, so I can ask Him where to go?" I don't know the circumstances. Is one end of the log waterlogged, and therefore very heavy? Is one end hollow? The Foreman knows where He needs me, and it is up to me to follow *His* directions.
August 12, 2010

Nathaniel said:

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In response to Charlotte's comment--If God has called you to minister to a people group that is considered reached, do not deny the call the King has given you. If God has called you to be a sender, do not deny the call. If God has called you to spread his light to an unreached people group, do not deny that call.
However, this disproportionate number of missionaries among unreached people groups makes me wonder--do people not "hear" the calling of God to go to an unreached people group because of their fear of going that far outside of their comfort zone? Do they go to popular mission fields because it is an easier step for them to take... because they can surround themselves with their familiar culture among a community of missionaries... because there is less risk than working in a restricted access country... because they have more personal connections to a popular mission field, so it is an easier step to take to get there... do people not hear God's call to an UPG because they simply aren't listening--they aren't open to it...
I do not know, but I wonder...
I do believe God WANTS to do more among the UPG's--see Romans 10:14

You should never reject the calling God has given you--but does that mean that if someone hasn't received a specific call, they can stay home and accumulate wealth for their own enjoyment? Of course not--Jesus has commanded us to go! (Now, I'm not trying to imply that you said anything about NOT going--I just wanted to point that out to cover all the bases and because it leads logically to my next point.) I believe that Jesus doesn't always tell us specifics. Sometimes, He gives people specific calls, or specific revelation, and it's amazing when he does, but He doesn't always do that. Sometimes He just gives us general instructions (in the Bible, if not in addition to it) and wants us to do the best we can to serve Him with what He's given us.
God can use articles like this to speak to people--and personally, I hope He does.
August 15, 2010

Charlotte said:

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Nathaniel,
I am totally in aggreement with you. I am not denying that we have a direct command to "go into all the world..." It is not a matter of how do I know if God wants me to go, but am I willing to be obedient and do so, WHEREVER He sends me, whether that is 6000 miles away or 6 feet from here, or in between. I am under orders to preach the Gospel to every creature within the area that God has appointed me.
My point in the above comment is that it is not up to me to decide where I will Serve HIM. My obligation is to go to HIM and ask HIM where He wants me to serve... in my hometown, as a missionary in my state or country, or oversees. The problem is that we see so many needs, it is impossible for us to choose wisely, unless HE is leading us. And it is just as wrong to "go over there" as to "stay here" if that is not where God wants us. I speak from experience - I am the daughter of missionaries, as well as having been a missionary myself. When God moves us into a spot, there will be no doubt, but when we choose according to our own perceptions or emotional responses, that is where we run into trouble.
August 19, 2010

alyson raymond said:

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Isaiah 6:8 who shall i send? here am i lord send me...its nothing like being chosen by God cause many are called and few our chosen...sometimes many are chosen but don't go and fulfill God's calling in their lives.... We should be eager and waiting and hearing for God to call and choose us... one thing that i desire is for God to open my eyes and see through his eyes and love with his heart...and go into many parts of the world, Iraq, Jerusalem, England, Brasil and other nations to be the hands and feet of God...So here i am God im going for you..
September 07, 2010

yang xiong guo said:

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If God wants us to go, we cannot go away from his face. Remember the story of Jonah. He was commanded by God to tell the people of Nenaveh. But he went to Tashit far away from God. Sometimes we do as Jonah did. But God will not stop his calling as He dis for Jonah. It God really calls us, nobody can walk away from his calling. But thing we need is the calling of God.
October 18, 2010

emma said:

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November 03, 2010

Emma said:

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I know Christians who say they were called at some point in their lives by the Lord to do His work. How do you know when you're being called? Or where you're being called to? Is it a feeling or by a Scripture or by circumstances?
July 22, 2011

Sarah said:

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sometimes, you are exactly where God wants you to be as well.
All God asks us to do is to listen out for His direction and leading and die to our own self will. Do we say 'here i am Lord, send me!' ?
For me it has been a willingness to give up the situation where you are if that is what God wants, even when you really love where you are and how you are serving Him. Its that willingness in the heart to be determined to do His will above your own.
I then found that I was exactly where God wanted me, even though I thought He had opened a new door to go through. I just had to be willing to let it go if that is what He wanted.
We mustn't forget that we have the mind of Christ and if we seek Him with all of our hearts, he does direct our steps, and when we get it wrong, He still loves us and can use even our mistakes for good.
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October 02, 2011

Sarah said:

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whatever we do should always line up with the word of God. x
October 02, 2011

pastor.prasad ratna pani said:

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I am doing ministry in odisha we need your prayer and visiting with guidence.
November 27, 2011

Tamsin Catterall said:

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hey My name is Tamsin Catterall. I have in my heart such a deep desire to go out to the ends of the earth, to Africa, to middle east these are the places I feel God is speaking to me about! I speak FRench, Spanish and I am also learning ARabic and i know God has given me these gifts for a reason and he will use them in mission. BUT I am at univeristy now but for the summer I really wanna go to do mission in countries within these continents to reach the lost with The gospel. but I think history makers is for asia only? could anyone help direct me to mission in Africa or Middle east please. God bless and I am really touched by the work you do may God bless ur work and more children be added to the Kingdom! :-) :-
January 05, 2012

shery said:

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I am really inspired by Gladys alward. I am learning chinease and now I am so excited about learning more. maybe some day I will become a missionary in china. Its some people on this web that knows her. and some one wrote that they had great pictures and I think they should put the on the internat. I would love to see them.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/grin.gif
January 09, 2012

khan mack said:

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iwant my self to christain what i have to do
February 27, 2012

khan mack said:

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send me mail
February 27, 2012

Arsalaan ahmad said:

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I am belongs to a muslim family but i want to become a christain tell me plz if i am reverting from islam what is my benifits.
March 16, 2012

Arsalaan ahmad said:

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Contact me plz me plz
March 16, 2012

Arsalaan ahmad said:

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Contact me plz...
March 16, 2012

Arsalaan ahmad said:

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Contact me plz......
March 16, 2012

iqbal said:

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i want to become christian
April 22, 2012

Cromwell said:

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It's really a source of encouraging messages & challenging informations about mission. Continue your good works in God's kingdom.
December 08, 2012

Gayesha said:

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I am so proud of the gospel we have in our hands. The lord has been speaking to me to reach the lost than ever before. I sense that God is just really stirring a deep desire in us so that we cannot resist but just obey. My greatest question is why the church is so lethargic. I am really researching how to do it practically in one's immediate surrounding. I am really looking for practical suggestions. Any how it's a great joy sharing the gospel. At the moment I am in the ministry of making disciples not converts.
March 19, 2013

Ivan Edwards said:

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greeting from Yangon, Myanmar.

I am Ivan Edwards Christian, living in Yangon, Myanmar.

I visited in your website there are wonderful things you are doing for God kingdom in Asia Countries that I learned and for that God will bless to all of you richly.

At the same time, I have question, do you have any plan in Myanmar? Kindly let me know and you all are in my daily pray.

Thanking you and Hoping to hear from you soon.

In Christ,

Ivan Edwards
Yangon, Myanmar.
September 23, 2015

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