It is the same germ that that Paul speaks of when he said, “Woe is me, if I preach not the gospel.” (1 Cor. 9:16) The apostle begins that verse by saying, “Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.” I am not sharing this with you to boast. God forbid! I am no better than anyone else! I am simply moved to preach the gospel. I must proclaim Yeshua.
When Eric Liddell, the Olympic runner from Chariots of Fire was confronted by his sister who wanted him to be a missionary, he said, “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” He knew that he was created to run. Some are created to sing. (Many run when I sing!) But dear friends, I was created and called to preach His gospel.
In Israel, where undoubtedly my family and I are called, our outreach is mostly one on one and low-key events (like the effort to help the soldiers, described in the other article). But in Africa…in Africa, Hallelujah, I am free to preach, proclaim and publicly state that Yeshua is Lord and invite people to receive the good news of the Kingdom.
I was deeply impacted by the two trips I took last year. There were three things that stuck out to me.
I can be in Africa overnight from Israel.
Since we are within an hour or two of their time zone (depending on the country) there is no Jetlag! Sometimes it can take me a week before I begin to feel normal because of the time difference between the US and Israel…and then, several days once I return to Israel.
And most importantly, the amazing openness that the African people have to the preaching of the gospel.
Answer to Pray
For those of you who don’t know who Reinhard Bonke is, he is possibly the most successful evangelist that has ever preached the gospel in Africa. Now in his late sixties, Bonke has seen nearly 50 million people make professions of faith.