“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20, NLT
Over the years I’ve heard people interpret The Great Commission in various ways. One way involves becoming a vocational missionary—leaving home to move to a faraway nation to spread the gospel of Jesus. This is a calling and a commitment that involves being “in the trenches”—learning new languages, new customs, and often taking great risks to bring the message of Jesus to hostile areas. While not everyone is called to be a vocational missionary, we are ALL still called to fulfill The Great Commission.
Several months ago, we as a church had an opportunity to help fulfill Jesus’ mandate to spread the gospel by purchasing a Mobile Printing Press for Foursquare Missions Press. We took our Lenten season to focus on raising enough money to purchase a press, ship it to a location, and train people to utilize it to print gospel materials in local languages. We actively participated in The Great Commission in a tangible, vital way—and we did it all from our own homes and out of our local church! I want to say a big, “thank you” to each and everyone one of you who participated.
Because of your generosity and faithfulness to spread God’s Word, Foursquare Missions Press expects to ship the printing press, fully funded through your giving, to Greece the week after next. They are also in the process of training our missionaries in Greece, Stephen and Evangelia Larkin, to print materials that will not just be distributed in the Mediterranean, but also throughout Eastern Europe. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and provision for this important tool! This Mobile Printing Press is truly a game changer, and will allow God’s Word to be spread effectively, quickly, and affordably.
Please continue to be in prayer that the Mobile Printing Press will arrive in Greece quickly—with no customs issues or transportation delays. May we all see great fruit as a result of these small, but significant, steps we’ve taken in fulfilling The Great Commission.