Southern Baptist Convention

Madison Strauder

SOUTH ASIA

We are going to South Asia today because we want to pray for Madison Strauder, one of our missionaries there our church supports through the Cooperative Program. Because we live in North America, most of us have not been exposed to the overwhelming darkness and spiritual oppression present in the absence of a Christian church. We drive around and most likely see some kind of Christian church. But imagine being in Asia where Hinduism is the main religion. You may see parades with idols being carried down the street and people dressed like demons. There is a lifeless quality in the very air because there is no hint of the Christian gospel. Madison asks us to try to imagine where he serves and actually sees such parades from time to time. It is tragic that people still serve lifeless idols, just as we read about happening in the Old Testament. Madison asks us to pray with him that there will be a time when these people will turn from their idols and come to the one true faith - faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ. Can we do that right now?

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October Devotion

Mission is the Kingdom Stone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"Persons who encounter the one true King seek ways to declare His message to the nations." Approaching Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion, Jesus made an unusual request of His disciples. They were to go into the village and bring back a donkey colt that had never been ridden. As Jesus approached the city riding on the colt, the crowd began to praise God in a loud voice. People spread coats and branches on the road. People formed a procession in front of and behind Jesus shouting, "Hosanna!" and, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord" (Luke 19:38, NIV). Jesus riding on a humble donkey would have brought to mind the prophecy of the coming King from Zechariah 9:9-10. The reference to the King indicates that people were declaring Jesus to be the Messiah who came to bring redemption. Persons who encounter the one true King seek ways to declare His message to the nations. Missional stewardship is marked by sacrificial and cooperative support of God's mission to reach the nations through congregational ministry and collaborative global strategies as illustrated by the Cooperative Program. Cooperative giving is kingdom focused because it requires us to give to people we may never see in a manner where only Jesus can receive the glory.

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