Before the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, after His resurrection,
He issued the famous 'GREAT
COMMISSION' recorded for us in Matthew
Those who heard it, took it seriously and made every effort to
`Preach the Gospel'
to the then known world.
tells us that the Apostle Thomas brought the life-giving Gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ to India in the first century AD. Legend reveals that after
a fruitful ministry, he was martyred in India. Centuries later, missionaries
from the West reached the shores of India and made sincere efforts to share
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with our countrymen.. They did their
best. They sacrificed much for the sake of the Gospel. They made an impact
on many lives. Offering themselves on the altar of martyrdom. But their
efforts were not in vain.
Gradually the baton of missionary work passed on to Indian Christians. Towards
the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century,
Indian Christians realised their responsibility. In the post independence
period, the situation became desperate. Missionary visas for western missionaries
were turned down. Indigenous mission agencies sprung up.
In January 1965, the Evangelical Fellowship of India were having their National
Convention at Devlali in Maharashtra. During this Convention, the Executive
Committee of EFI decided to revive the missionary enterprise. Thus the Indian
Evangelical Mission (IEM) was born. Rev Dr Theodore Williams was
its founder General Secretary. Rev P John Wesley is serving as the current General Secretary of the Indian Evangelical Mission.
With one missionary, a few hundred rupees and a bicycle, this Faith Mission
grew. Christians saw growth and vitality in the Mission as it blossomed
into a vital tool in the hands of God, eager to fulfill the Great Commission,
in letter and in spirit. The first office of the Mission was the brief case
of the General Secretary! From one missionary, it has grown now to family
of 580 missionaries and office staff.
Our Mission is to :
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unevangelized areas in India and
abroad, and to plant churches among unreached people. Our goal is
a church among every people group and the Gospel to every person.
Indian Christians to realize their responsibility for world evangelization
and to recognize their partnership with other Christians in the world
in fulfilling their task.
"What are you looking for? John 1:38
One day John the Baptist pointed to Jesus Christ and said, "Look, here is the Lamb of God." Two of John's disciples left him that day and immediately began to follow Jesus. When Jesus realized they were walking behind him, he turned and asked them, "What are you looking for?"
That is such a good question.
I can envision these two new disciples with their heads down, each nudging the other to answer Jesus' question. Finally, one of them says, "Teacher, where are you staying?"
The other guy must have put his face in his hands. What a dumb answer! Why didn't he say that they were looking for truth, or maybe the kingdom of God?
To be honest, most of the questions I ask God really aren't very profound either. I would love to impress God with my speculations about the inner dynamics of the Trinity, but I'm not up all night thinking about that. The things that keep me up at night are much more trivial.
Most of us don't really yearn for world peace. We think world peace is a good idea, but what we are deeply concerned about and think about continually are issues like losing weight or getting our teenagers to talk to us.
The disciple's question, "Teacher, where are you staying?" was not a serious or deep question. But what's fascinating is that Jesus took the question seriously and invited the two men to follow him home. There they stayed with him, probably talking about a lot of ordinary things. Apparently the conversation was so ordinary that John didn't bother recording it in his Gospel. I'm sure Jesus eventually talked about salvation, but he must have spent a lot of time fulfilling the disciples' ordinary yearnings before he could expose their longings for God.
The important thing is not what they discussed but with whom they were talking. There are no dumb questions with Jesus. There aren't any smart ones either. Frankly, it doesn't matter what we are looking for in life. If we turn the search into a prayer, Jesus will use it to reveal more of himself to us. And once we come to see who he is, the other questions will become less important. That means about halfway through our prayers, if we are paying attention, it should not be uncommon for us to say, "Now, what was I asking? I really can't remember."
Do your prayers focus on the things for which you are asking or on the one to whom you are speaking?
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