I wish each of you could have heard from Songhwan Kang, Wolfgang Wegert, Carlos Contreras and others in Sovereign Grace beyond the bounds of the United States. While separated by many miles, language and culture, we share in the same Savior and his mission of making disciples of all nations.
Songhwan and I attended the Pastors College together in 2008-2009. He went home to South Korea to plant a church, and he shared last week his amazement that the church is still in existence, let alone thriving. Songhwan shared with tears about a culture where the truth of God is affirmed but yet where many Christians are driven by perfectionism even to the neglect of their families. He said that this used to be him, but the Lord helped him see his need to rest in the what Christ had done. Ever since, he’s been eager to pastor others in the same.
These global partners are not our feel-good international contribution. They are brothers and sisters in Christ, planting and building churches and making disciples for the glory of God. Our giving to Sovereign Grace supports them. If, Lord willing, some of us are to go and serve these churches like many others do, that would support them too.
Each year there are people from all over the world who make their way to the Pastors Conference. It was a privilege for me to meet brothers from India and Zimbabwe, and to learn more about possible church plants in Jamaica and Thailand.
One of the coolest developments this year is a Global Connections initiative connecting churches in the States to our global partners. There is going to be more to come in the months and years ahead as this develops, but how wonderful that we, here in Jacksonville, can give tangible expression to how the gospel is going forth throughout the whole world! That’s my hope. I want to ask you to pray for these churches, for the Lord to grow us and use us in this grand endeavor.