Southern Baptist Convention

Kambiz & Sepideh Saghaey

SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

There was a man in Central Asia named Kambiz Saghaey (say kahm-BEEZ sop-AWE- ee), who once worked to stop a church there from telling people about Jesus, just as Saul did in New Testament times. In fact, for nine months he tried to shut that church up. But the church stood firm. Eventually Kambiz began doubting his Muslim faith. He asked God to show him the truth. A voice told him that Jesus Christ is the truth. In that moment, Kambiz became a follower of Jesus. Now he equips people to share their faith, just as the apostle Paul did. And that church he tried to stop? He became its pastor! Kambiz survived prison and certain death in Central Asia and eventually he and his wife came to the U.S. Now he is studying and serving as coordinator of the Persian Leadership Development program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, offering help to Farsi-speakers. Southeastern is one of the six Southern Baptist seminaries we support through our Cooperative Program giving. Today, let's thank God for guiding Kambiz and preserving his life. Let's pray that his ministry to Farsi-speaking people will have results far and wide just as Paul's ministry did!

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August 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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