The Jordan river is both the physical and spiritual lifeline of Israel.  It was that river that the children  left the desert exodus and followed Joshua to claim the new land.

That river also provides the source for two major bodies of water – the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.  Note they are both about the same size, both fed by the same river.  But Galilee is alive with life but nothing grows in the Dead Sea.  So what’s the difference?  Galilee has an outflow, but the Dead Sea keeps everything that comes in.

If your church wants to get healthy and to grow, there has to be both physical and spiritual outgo.  In other chapters I deal more with care and evangelism of your neighbors. I suggest you will need to do the same to those in other cultures and in other parts of the world.

According to missions statistics like the Joshuah Project, there are over 16 thousand “people groups’ in the world.  (A People Group is a natural grouping where a message can pass unheeded by language or culture without hitting a social or language barrier.)  Of those, 2/5 (6650) are unreached with the Gospel.  (Unreached means that less than 2% are Christians.)  That’s 2.75B of the world’s 6.7B people.

And although you may think there’s nothing you in your small corner of the USA can do about people halfway around the world,  I’ve become convinced that you can focus you attention on one of those groups.  Learn all you can, and pray for them specifically.  Adopt them as a project.  If there’s a missionary working with that people, write him letters of encouragement.  Send him care packages of his favorite foods from the USA.  Take up special offerings (of whatever amount) and send it to him.  Or send one of you own to go visit him and that people group.

Every church of every size can and should be involved in global missions.

If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrevlevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. I am meeting young people every day whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust. – Martin Luther King Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

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