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Pictured Above: (Left to Right) Pastor Mike Ried, [a brother posing for photo (in the black shirt)], Pastor Michael Maura, Pastor Tony Okoroh (FLM), Pastor Austin Huggins (FLM)(In Front), Pastor Elly Achok (Behind), Pastor Murungi Igweta (Host TBC)(In Front), Pastor Joe Jacowitz (FLM)(Behind), Pastor Eric Abwao (TBC)
This Mission Report actually begins January 2018 (the previous year) during the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. FirstLove Publications was attending G3 for the first time as an exhibitor where Mike Reid (pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Davenport, Iowa), approached Pastor Joe and began a conversation about mission work occurring in areas within Kenya. He knew Pastor Murungi of Trinity Baptist Church (TBC) quite well and was aware of some of the needs in that part of the world. He was hoping that FirstLove might be able to assist in the work there. Fast forward just a little over one year later, after dozens of skype calls and emails back and forth between FLM, Mike Reid, Pastor Murungi, (and sometimes Ryan Bush of International Church Planters) and the team of FirstLove Missions would arrive safely on the ground in Nairobi, Kenya. The team’s first excursion into this part of Africa would be headed by Pastor Joe, Pastor Austin, and … our dear Pastor Tony Okoroh, the Branch Leader for FirstLove in Nigeria and the Pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Lagos. Pastor Tony had also never been to Kenya before so it provided everyone a unique experience to labor in new territory together.
The team arrived safely in Nepal, early Sunday morning, near the first area of ministry. The first conference took place in Itahari, a town of south-eastern Nepal. Pastor Samuel Rai had indicated to us that our conference theme was on the Persecuted Church. In this area, however, a different pastor by the name of Barnabas was the host. He had chosen the theme of “The Doctrines of Grace and Security of Salvation”. The team adapted well and was able to combine both themes in a meaningful way. The Lord was with the speakers and the results were immediate.
“WHAT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE NEPALI REVIVAL”
By Dr. John Waldrip
This is my first Church worship service since I have returned from my fifth consecutive mission trip to Nepal, the small country that lies between China and India and is mostly famous for its most prominent feature, Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. I will take the opportunity this morning to testify of God’s grace and greatness.
Are you like me when it comes to experiencing two parallel reality tracks that come together in your consciousness and you experience in an aha moment? That was the genesis of what will be my testimony to you this morning. Let me explain.
I have been in the Gospel ministry since 1975, when God called me, when my wife and I met and married, and when my serious preparation for my calling began. I had been a Christian for about eighteen months at the time and had been a member of a Baptist Church for about fifteen months. The Church where I was baptized and became a member was a Church in which the pastor scheduled revivals. You heard me correctly; he scheduled revivals.
If you are in a Church in which the pastor schedules revivals you can be assured that it is highly unlikely that you are in a Church that has ever seen revival and that the congregation is led by a fellow who has ever experienced a revival, observed a revival, or read much about revival. Though I have never experienced revival, I know several men who have experienced a revival as Church members or as pastors, I have read about revival from serious students of revival, and now I can tell you that I have observed a revival.
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:1).
Next to Christmas, Thanksgiving is my second most favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for us to look back and remember what the Lord has done for us. Thanksgiving should always be in our hearts and lips not only once a year in November but every day of our lives. The Lord wants us to be a thankful people and not forget all His benefits.
What does the Bible say about Thanksgiving?
1. It is God’s will for us to be thankful. We need to be thankful in everything – in the good times and in the bad times; in times of prosperity and in times of adversity; and in times of joy and in times of sorrow. That is God’s will for us. God does not like a people who murmur or complain but only those who are grateful and thankful.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).
2. We need to be always thankful.
“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name” (Psalm 30:4).
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms” (Psalm 95:2).
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4).
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17).
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15).
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad” (Psalm 34:1-2).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 4:2).
3. When we come to God in prayer, we need to bring our thanksgiving also.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6).
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”(Col. 4:2).
4. We need to be ever mindful and not forget what the Lord has done for us.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5).
What I am Thankful For
I am thankful that Jesus intercedes for me. He is my great High Priest who sympathizes with me and cares for me.
“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom. 8:34).
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16).
I am thankful that Jesus has died for me and that He is my substitute.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
I am thankful that Jesus has set me free from my sins. I was once a slave of sin and of Satan but Jesus has made me free. He has unshackled my chains.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34-36).
I am thankful that Jesus has reconciled me to the Father. Because of Jesus, I can boldly approach the father. And because of Jesus, I am fully accepted by the Father.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6).
I am thankful that God has forgiven me of all my sins – past, present, and future. I no longer have to carry this burden of guilt upon my shoulders anymore. God has cast all my sins behind His back and He remembers them no more.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Col. 2:13).
“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19).
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 8:12).
I am thankful that God has given me eternal life, and no one will be able to snatch me out of His Father’s hand.
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11).
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
I am thankful that God keeps me through trials and tribulations. He works everything out for my good and conforms me to the image of His Son through these trials and afflictions.
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:5-7).
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
I am thankful for God’s mercies and His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning and His mercy endures forever.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:8-13).
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
I am thankful that God provides for me. His eye is on the sparrow and I know also that He watches over me.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).
- Peter Sarkis