I am sitting in the airport in Brussels, processing my time in Africa. I went to Cameroon with a Global Advance team whose primary purpose was to preach in young adult conferences and to speak to pastors about raising up young leaders. We also had the opportunity to preach in churches, Bible training centers, and schools.We worked with a truly fantastic ministry called Discipling Nations Ministries. This wonderful team is committed to making disciples in Cameroon and beyond. They are innovative, strategic, and passionate. I learned a lot in the short time I was with them and have been challenged and inspired.
Around noon on Wednesday I was in a sweltering high school classroom with about 85 students crammed into a space clearly designed for something more like half that number. They were a bit rowdy and distracted as I was introduced. This was my third such meeting of the day - and the largest. I breathed a quick prayer and took the next ten minutes to simply tell them the Gospel - who Jesus is and what He has done. In moments like these I am thankful for scriptures like Colossians 1:6: “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” The Good News - the Gospel - has a way of bearing fruit and changing lives. It is the “power of God that brings salvation...” (Rom 1:16). I asked if anyone had questions...
How can you trust someone you don’t know (referring to Jesus)?
If Jesus died for our sins, why is there still so much bad in the world?
If God is good, why is there a lot of evil in the world?
How do you not give in to temptation?
How do you follow Jesus?
After some more discussion, several students stood to say they want to follow Jesus. JOY! Jesus loves people! — And welcoming them into His Father’s family brings Him such happiness.
I am so grateful that the Lord gave me this assignment and opportunity in Cameroon to pour into young leaders, encourage pastors, and share the gospel. Jesus is so amazing, and He is working in the nations, bringing salvation and transforming lives. I’m so glad He’s doing it in Tulsa, too.