outreach

NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN ENCOUNTER

(June 14, 2021) Robert McQuillan reflects on this category’s title, Reachout!

As readers know, this category usually centres on missionary activities overseas and the need to pray for and financially support missionaries, especially in these troubled and dangerous times.

Yet contributors often include a reminder that ‘missionary’ service begins at home, through local churches, and Christians who love their Lord and desire to serve him. That the Matthew 28:18-20 great commission starts in our local Jerusalem.

Interestingly recent American blogs are encouraging churches to reach out locally. Australia’s Wayne Swift, National Leader, Acts Global Churches also wrote: ‘An encounter with God, discipleship and planting pretty much sum up the task of the church and they have for two thousand years, the only change is the impact of the church on the communities in which they dwell.’

In this connection, reaching out locally to the unsaved, a friend phoned confessing he was a little tired hearing his minister preaching about many ‘things’ but never encouraging and teaching how to reach the unchurched.

Unexpected encounter
His call must have been on my mind for I woke up this morning recalling something that happened many years ago…

I’d received a phone call inviting me to meet a Chinese pastor visiting a church nearby the office I used in the days I was editing and publishing a denominational magazine.

Admitting that I’d never heard of this pastor, I agreed… It was to be an appointment I have never forgotten… and never will!

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THE VOICE SAID, ‘I AM – WITH YOU’

Maureen McQuillanMaureen McQuillan recalls last month’s memorable baptism of a converted Muslim:

Ali, a converted Muslim from Iran, had recently expressed his desire to follow his Saviour Jesus through the waters of baptism.

A humble and most sincere man who loves the Lord Jesus and doesn’t hesitate to share his faith in Christ, Ali had this wish fulfilled in a most magnificent, heart-touching water baptism service last month at the Barrabool Hills, Highton congregation of Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, Geelong, Victoria. (more…)

PICKING UP STRIPPERS – AND OTHER ACTS OF KINDNESS

Jeremy Reynalds

Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST Senior Correspondent, hits the nail on the head with this down-to-earth report on serving people just as they are, where they are:

If a good title is the key to successful book sales, Todd and Erin Stevens have a best  seeller.
How to Pick up a Stripper

 

 

Their new book, How To Pick Up A Stripper and Other Acts Of Kindness spotlights the ministry at Todd’s church in Mount Juliet, TN (a Nashville suburb), Friendship Community Church, where he serves as the lead pastor. (more…)

THE BUZZ

EMPOWERING ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME…Tess Abadilla’s Inspiring initiative

Tess  Abadilla
Frontline Foundatio
n is a non-profit international aid organisation dedicated to empowering less-privileged people in regions of the world that need support …one community at a time… to achieve sustainable livelihood.

‘We do this by partnering with both generous involved parties (individuals and organisations) and needy communities and facilitating community development projects that would enable the communities to experience holistic transformation,’ says Founder and CEO  Maria Teresa Abadilla (Tess).

Tess Abadilla has a strong background as a strategic business leader and executive. She held several senior positions in large government business enterprise organisations and consulting companies prior to establishing Frontline Foundation.
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