It all began with a simple statement. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16(NIV)
Jesus made it very clear what our purpose is. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . . ” (Matthew 28:19–20)
For almost 2,000 years men and women have been undeterred in carrying out that commission while facing huge challenges – persecution, crucifixion, beheading, stoning, torture, imprisonment, cannibalism, or being burned at the stake. They have faced rejection, loneliness, isolation, sickness, disease, death of children and spouses. They have faced apathy, disinterest, disappointment, discouragement, depression and oppression. Still, the message was delivered, in word and deed. It is estimated that 2.1 billion people are Christians. That leaves over 4 billion who still need Jesus. The gospel has been preached for almost 2000 years. This is our moment. This is our time. NP – undeterred in sharing the gospel with our neighbours and the world.