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While here in America we debate what color carpet to put in our church or who is the most “evangelical” presidential candidate, God is doing a lot of great things in the world. I don’t know if you have noticed but the growth of Christianity has shifted to the southern and to the eastern hemispheres over the last few decades. Did you know that Christianity is still the largest and the fastest growing movement on the earth?

Even during this current refugee crisis God is drawing people to himself. Recently in an email from Larry Stockstill, director of The Surge, he told me the following facts he gathered on a recent mission trip:

  • “Syria has had 5.8 million people displaced. One million are in Lebanon and many are being saved. Veiled people have their hands raised worshipping the Lord. Some say there are more Syrian converts in Lebanon than Lebanese believers now.”
  • “Over 1 million refugees have entered Germany in the last ten months. One church in Berlin (a state church with a born again pastor) has added 900 new Muslim believers who have been baptized. One Iranian church has grown to 950 people! I saw a video of hundreds of Muslims in white robes standing in a swimming pool being baptized in Germany.”
  •  “Sweden has received thousands of refugees. One Swedish church has a welcome center in Athens where the refugees cross the Mediterranean (many die on the boats). They greet them on the beach with food and clothing. They help them along the way with 20 branch churches along the route to Sweden. 3000 children a month reach Sweden having lost their parents along the way. The church is interpreting their services into 10-12 languages.”

I think that the single most important thing for Christians to debate is how to reach the 49,000 people who die every day without having an opportunity to hear about Jesus. Now that’s something worth discussing. In fact, some of the other topics seem small by comparison. Let’s not forget that its all about the harvest!

 

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    Wes Siegrist

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    Thanks

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    Tony Jordan

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    That is so cool. That is also why I like talking with someone with a “World View”. I love America; I wore the uniform and have been in harms way for this country on several fronts military and civilian causes but I get so sick of this opinion that America’s interest and people are somehow the most important in the world and everyone else should bow down to us, so to speak.. I am also looking forward to traveling in the near future when I am able to afford to. I love it Barry, when you bring back 1st or 2nd hand information as to what is really going on..

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    Tom Kormos

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    Dear Barry,
    I am happy to hear about Muslim refugees finding Jesus. And that’s our ministry once they happen to be in Europe. Still the solution is not mass immigration to Europe. European Judeo-Christian values are incompatible with barbaric Islam ideology. The migrant influx has caused irreparable damages and grief to the people of Europe e.g. crimes, gang rapes, looting, rioting, vioIence. Actually it’s a Great Migration and the whole world should take part to help under the leadership of the United Nations. And of course the culturally akin and rich Arab nations e.g. Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman etc. countries so far refused to take refugees should take most of the burden. In Leviticus God Almighty has given us guidelines to deal with refugees. His two basic principles are compassion towards the afflicted and right to self-defence of the host nations. Bless You

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