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Senior Pastor Frank Douglas


A Global Shift

 By Cathy Payne

C.O.G.O.P. Global Missions Ministries Coordinator

In the last few months of 2017, we experienced unprecedented global climate disasters from storms with concentration throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and parts of Asia. Within the same time period, earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and mudslides brought destruction and death globally.

As we began to receive reports of the destruction, response to the needs was already in progress. Local church pastors began putting together teams that made their way to the worst-hit areas with skill sets in construction, electrical engineering, medical response, providing water and emergency supplies, hospitality in providing safe recovery areas, meals, etc., Churches across the disaster areas were set up as provision stations to accommodate those who had lost so much in the storm.

What often emerged from the devastation was a response of compassion and caring for those affected by the storms. Ministry rose in many of these regions providing a fresh revelation and new relevance of the Gospel of Christ. Challenges provided opportunities and refocused ministries on how to do ministry in a shifting and crisis centered community. As truck-loads and boat-loads of supplies were transported into the affected areas, the compassion of Christ revealed was not based on the name of the local church, rather on the Lord of the ministry responding to the needs of others.

Even before we had a grasp on the degree of damage suffered, local church congregations were reaching out to their family in the U.S. and across the world. We remember one of the great blessings of our fellowship is the relationship we share with one another. In the midst of response, the Lord led us to service and connection in the global task of sharing the whole Gospel to the whole world.

Two international leadership meetings late in the year reflected a refocus of providing ministry in a crisis-shifting environment, recognizing the collision of a fresh revelation of the Gospel of Christ and the constant shifting world climate (politically, financially and astronomically).

When we read about the outpouring of Pentecost in the book of Acts, we sense urgency in the supernatural empowerment to evangelize the world. Part of that urgency was sensitivity and gifting of power to be at the right place, at the crisis moment – like a roof top experience when Gentiles seek you to share what the Holy Spirit has given (Acts 10).

At every crisis moment, God has positioned someone who is listening for His call. Positioned, the Holy Spirit opens our senses to have the mind of Christ and move in complete obedience to His directive. Only the Holy Spirit can take the Word spoken in human weakness and carry it home with power into the mind, the heart, the conscience, and the will of the hearers. The prophet reminds us, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty”, Zachariah 4:6.

As the world continues to experience global climate shifting, may we be so positioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit that the Lord may lead us to service and connection in the global task of sharing the whole Gospel to the whole world.

March Mission Drive is one of the preparations and one of the provisions in response to the global mission call. You may find information and resources for your local church participation at the Global Missions Ministries website, I pray that you will be positioned by the Holy Spirit and empowered to respond to the need of support and supplying the nations during this effort. Thank you for your giving and May the Lord Bless you.

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