Where Then Can I Go? :: Gospel Fellowship Association Missions

Where Then Can I Go?

Tony Slutz
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A girl who grew up in a church I pastored wanted from childhood to be a missionary. That desire never left her through her school years, and she attended a local Bible college in order to be prepared to serve God. At one point, she applied to be a “mapper,” a missionary apprentice, but the field where she applied to serve closed at the last moment. When advised by the board under which she was serving, the single would-be missionary lady asked, “Where then can I go?” She learned that there was a need for her help in a specific central African country, and she accepted that as God’s leading. Twenty years later, she is serving there with her husband and three children, her dreams having come true.

Where in the World?

“Where then can I go?” What a yielded spirit! The 7.75 billion people in the world today live in 250 countries and comprise 7,000 unique language groups. Almost 42% of the 17,442 different people groups are yet unreached. The field is the world, and it is “white already to harvest,” Jesus said (John 4:35). There is a place to go!

No Need to Wait

David Livingstone was poised to go to China when the Opium Wars broke out and was told that it was not possible for an Englishman to go to China at that time. Livingstone reasoned that there was no need to wait; he would go to Africa instead. 

Well-meaning friends of Livingstone, fearing for his health, safety and well-being, tried to persuade him not to go to Africa. He responded with His Savior’s words, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Livingstone concluded, “That, my friends, is the word of a gentleman; so, let’s be going.” The world now knows the rest of the story!

Her Money Followed Her Heart

Oswald J. Smith told of a little girl named Grace, who was saved in the Dale Presbyterian church when Smith was in his twenties. Her heart was in India. One day her mother announced she would buy Grace a new coat to replace the worn-out, six-year-old coat she was wearing. Grace pleaded with her mother to let her wear the coat one more year and to give her the money she was prepared to spend on the new coat so that the funds could be sent to missionaries in India. Pastor Smith said that before he left Dale, Grace became gravely ill. On her death bed she made her mother promise to sell all her clothes, such as they were, and send whatever she got for them to India to the missionaries she loved and for whom she prayed. With tears in her eyes, her mother promised to fulfill her wish. Smith said, “I would like to be standing somewhere near the throne when Grace gets her reward.” Her heart was in India, and her money followed her heart.

Oswald Smith related this moving story years later in his pulpit in the great People’s Church in Toronto as he shared with his congregation how God had taught him the principle of faith-promise giving and living to advance God’s kingdom through world missions.

Where is Your Heart?

Where is your heart? A leading U.S. oil company wanted to open a division of their operations in a far eastern nation. They searched for the person best qualified to oversee the day-to-day operations, and their search led them to a man who was a missionary. They approached him with the job description and then offered a lucrative salary. When he declined the offer, they raised their salary offer, and again he refused. Finally, the company asked, “Is the salary not big enough; you tell us what you want, and it’s yours.” The man of God replied, “Oh no. The salary is big enough, but the job isn’t.”

Where could you go? What could you give? What might you do?

“Our task is not to bring the whole world to Christ; our task is to take Christ to the whole world.” (A. J. Gordon, 1889)

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

 

Tony Slutz serves as an interim pastor with GFA. He can be found at timelytopicstimelesstruths.blog, where this article first appeared. 

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