REACHING THE UNREACHED UNTIL HIS RETURN
GAPAS SA TAKIPSILIM
The official Newsletter of Island Mission International Inc. – Guam, USA
THE TIME HAS COME! Isa 49:6 “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." Most of us are familiar with the historical animosity of the Jews and the Gentiles. When Isaiah wrote the passage above, the gentiles were besieging Israel. Prophet Isaiah ministered during the preexilic period when the Gentile Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms repeatedly seized and pounded Israel with military might. You can imagine how unpopular he became among the Jews when he speaks favorably
to the Gentiles. But Isaiah had spoken prophetically. He has seen the coming of the Gentiles to the fold. The 21st Century Edition of Operation World (OW) coauthored by Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk tells us that it did happen in our era. Now there are more Christians in nonwestern societies than the traditional Christian western nations. Take for example in Africa, OW reported that 14.8% of the total population are evangelical Christians (p.19) while in Europe, which is known for being a Christian majority continent, has a meager
Ptr. Herbie Carmona 2.4% total (p.49). Another example is in North America that includes the countries of the United States, Canada, St. Pierre and Miguelton, and Greenland where 30.3% of the population is evangelical (p.31) while in Asia, the figure is only about 3.6%. But the 3.6% of 3.6 billion Asians is nearly 50% of the entire population of North America. So we can still say that there are more Christians in Asia than in North America if we will do the calculation by head count. This will tell us that the Bible is true to what it proclaims. So when Apostle John wrote that in the...
Excerpts from Mindanao From Ustad Yasser, C5 worker “Then I proceeded to Baloi to visit the pond project of Sar. The project of Sar is 75% done. They just need to secure the entrance and exist of water so that the fish will not be able to escape from the pond. They will have to strengthen
the dike facing the Agos River around 18 meters in length. Sar’s brother Bas and his family are excited about the pond and once it is going to be operational, it is going to help the family needs. According to Sar, some of his
relatives came to him asking him where he got the funding of the project and is also interested to have their own pond develop. “From Baloi, Sar and I went to Marawi where we met a ...
VOLUME 4 NOVEMBER 2004
Understanding The Fast of Ramadan Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran "was sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation" It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting. At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning coming. One may eat and drink at any time during the night "until you can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daylight: then keep the fast until night"
The Time Has Come!. ...end time converts coming from “…every nation, tribe, people and language.. (Rev 7:9)” will flock the Church, it will certainly come to pass. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks (John 4:23).” That time has come and beautifully, it’s in our generation! Now is the time when Christians must unite and focus the entire resources and exertion to reach the Unreached. We are tasked to do the job and to finish the mop up operations. There are still a few thousands people groups that needs to be touched by the Gospel. I tell you, if we will not do it now somebody will and ASAP. It is either us or the cults, materialism, or the Jihad. We cannot say that we don’t have the resources, we do have only it’s being spent to an ill-timed priority. Some says that ‘Big rallies’ such as those with Pastor Benny Hinn’s, where 12 million people attended in Mumbai, India, would finish the job. Of course not! It’s
like saying to the United States contingent in Iraq that they don’t need foot soldiers. Of course they do. We need on-foot missionaries who will perform the clearing up first before the big rallies will ever take place. The thing is, at this time, big rallies are not yet possible in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, etc. Too much security concern will overwhelm the host country. And so the Church needs you, my dear readers, to pray for and to encourage Missions within your ranks. We need your prayers for our missionaries who decided to put their lives, security, and family at risk for the sake of the Gospel. We can collaborate to accomplish our responsibility. We owe the world an apology for being so frigid in reaching them out. Had we, the evangelicals, became sincere in the task of world evangelization, the mandate should have been finished by now. We’ve been so naïve and obtuse for so long and it’s about time we take that substantial and unified act to “Go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS.”
Excerpts from Mindanao ...Maguindanao believer studying Arabic in one of the Madaris (Islamic Language School) in Marawi City. He is one of the Maguindanao believers who were led to follow Nabi Isa Almasih (Prophet Jesus Christ) through the ministry of our convert. He is a fine believer and finishing his Arabic schooling. He is a potential proclaimer of the Injil (Gospel). One time, I had the opportunity to talk to a taxi driver and at the same time the owner of the car I’m riding. His name is Marohomsar. He is related with a known influential Family in the area. Marohomsar is presently working with the Department of Agriculture under Autonomous
Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It was just the two of us in his car. He asked me of my identity. He already had his third wife two weeks ago and I ask him if his two other wives knows about it and how do they relate with each other. He told me that all his wives are not in good terms. Our sharing led us to talk about the different Nabi (prophet) in the Qur’an. We talk about Nabi Isa and how Nabi Mohammad declared Him as the Word of ALLAH, the Masih (Messiah) and the Mahdi (Lord). I discussed with him the importance of following Nabi to find the truth. “ (note: names were intentionally changed for security reason)
Collectively we can bring down stronghold, conquer more heights, and subdue principalities and powers that be under the banner of God in Christ Jesus, the risen Messiah. Brethren, please let’s do the Missions together.
PRAYER REQUESTS: 1. Pray for our “Oplan Balikatan 50/5010” project. The target of sending 50 missionaries by 50 network centers by 2010 is still intact. At present we only have 6 missionaries. Another 10 shall be next in the line by 2005. The needs are great and we can not just close our eyes. Please help pray for this concern. 2. For our scheduled “Biking Tour for Missions” by mid Feb. 2005. Bikers to be headed by Ptr. Herbie Carmona will travel from Luneta to Lucena and back, in a distance of around 100++ km. Two ‘2-day’ mission conferences are scheduled at the end of each lap. We are expecting 400 pastors and Christian workers to attend these FREE mission mobilization conferences. Along the way, participating churches will be given a chance to join the convoy. The aim is to create mission awareness and physical fitness program among pastors and Christian workers. 3. For the IMI team’s trip to Vietnam and Cambodia also at the end of February to early March 2005. This trip is aimed to upgrade the ministry skills of our Vietnamese and Khmer counterparts. We train them so that they too can train others. This is our underlying principle when we do the equipping. 5. IMI’s Mission school shall be launched in Saipan by April 2005. Help us to pray so that we can find the right faculties and facilities. We also need your prayers for the funding of the said project.