Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
Many people dream of checking things off their bucket list—things that reflect our heartfelt desires and aspirations. Does your bucket list include sharing the gospel and winning souls for God and for the sake of love? Jesus revealed the Great Commission to his disciples, saying, “…’All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Recently we have come to know Jean Brochebel (left), a brother in Christ. Though retired, he has an unusual bucket list that isn’t about traveling the world or snuggling his grandkids all day long. Instead, Jean raises funds to travel back and forth between the U.S. and Lebanon to witness for Christ among Muslims. After finding out about “the Book of Esther Bible study set” in Arabic, which come with videos and study guides, he liked it very much and wanted to have more of it to equip local ministers in sharing the Word of God with Muslim refugees in their communities. Eager to bless Christian refugee ministries in their outreach, Jean and SOW are arranging to ship more study sets directly from Egypt to Lebanon.
Pictured on the far right in this photo (right) is Pastor R., a remarkable man who seizes every opportunity to witness to Muslims as I’ve shared with you last month. The woman standing next to me is his mother-in-law, an Arab who grew up under Islamic laws and traditions. However, on an appointed day in 1990, at 5 am, she woke up to a tap on her shoulder and a whisper in her ear: “You should go to church.” She thought it was her kids at first, only to find that no one else was awake. She tried going back to sleep, but the voice came back, saying again, “You should go to church.” She was wide-awake after that, realizing it was Jesus speaking, so she listened. Shortly after leaving her house that morning, she stumbled upon a church nearby she never knew existed.
Except for prayer, this Muslim-background seeker had very little knowledge about Jesus and the church. It wasn’t until a follower of Jesus told her about the Bible and God’s presence that she began her journey of knowing Jesus personally. Having encountered the love of God, she resolutely accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Since then, the Holy Spirit has dramatically transformed her family—her daughter, son, and husband came to know Christ one after another. Moreover, her daughter, Rozan, later received the gifts of leading worship and writing worship songs. (You can listen to her worship song in remembrance of the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. ) Rozan married to Pastor R. and serve the body of Christ passionately. Despite pressures and persecution, God keeps adding people to their midst, many of whom have become fervent followers of Jesus. Signs and wonders continue to manifest among them as well.
God has always been in the business of loving people and saving souls. Beloved, my question for you is this: Are you willing to live out His purposes by including His mission in your bucket list? The deadline for the S.O.W. Taiwan Summer Mission is approaching, with very few spots left. I invite you to prayerfully consider the opportunity to share the gospel with those who have never heard the good news. Details about the trip can be found on our website, or you may directly apply through Gabrielleemail@example.com.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” May you be an honorable vessel in His house, a mighty messenger with whom He’s well pleased!
In His service,
Rev. Susan Chen
Founder and Lifetime Volunteer
Spring of Water International Ministries
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