And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Here is the scene: The children of Israel had just left Egypt, they're against their first major test of faith: The Red Sea! Moses is calming the people by reminding them of the promises of God, in verse 16 the Lord tells them "Wherefore criest thou unto me?" it was time for them to move forward!! After that point, Moses lifts up the rod and they go through the Red Sea.
APPLICATION: When in the center of God's will, and after we have sought the Lord's face repeatedly about the next step, when he gives the direction it's time to move forward. I can only imagine the Lord saying, "Why do you keep asking me about this? I told you to go ahead and do it!" Moses was where he was supposed to be and Moses stayed sensitive to the Lord's leading, and God told him where to go, FORWARD!!
At the dawn of 2013, I was reflecting over the past year and looking to the future, one main aspect I was reconsidering was our involvement in International Missions. Since that time to this, I personally give glory to God for the fact that not only have we been overseas multiple times, but have also preached revivals and hosted trips for others to go as well! And have more scheduled for 2015. Now the Lord has led to another time of evaluation of our overseas efforts.
Starting this year, our family is raising support to spend 25% of our calendar year overseas. Due to the nature of our ministry in evangelism, we do not want to interfere or distract from our already scheduled revivals and other meetings, but on our free Sundays and Wednesdays, we desire to articulate our vision and goals for evangelism not only in the states but also overseas.
Our vision stated simply:
- Raise enough support to sustain us the 3 months we would be overseas.
- Attend Spanish Language School for more effectiveness overseas.
- Get on the field in Central America (and other Spanish speaking countries) and assist Church Planting and hosting evangelistic Campaigns in these needy areas.
"GO FORWARD!" was the command and even though it was a giant leap of faith, it became necessary if Moses was to see God's miraculous hand at work.
Frankly, I am very comfortable in evangelism, I love preaching, I love the meetings and churches we are able to minister in. I believe God would still have me to do this, especially in the area of youth evangelism, but I would be ignoring a God given passion if I ignored the call to international ministry. Many ask me, "Adrian, are you going to be a full-time missionary?" My response is pretty typical, I smile and say, "God only knows the answer to that, but do not be surprised." I believe there is a place for evangelist overseas, and its our desire to step out by faith here and GO FORWARD!