When They do not Come
Although the phrase “Jumping Jehoshaphat” became a pop exclamation in the United States in the mid-1800s, King J. of Judah is truthfully remembered more for “standing still.” 2 Chronicles 20 records the great salvation of the Lord against an enemy army under Jehoshaphat. However, something earlier in his reign interests us this week. As a good king of Judah devoted to the Word of the Lord, he did something fascinating in the third year of his reign. We are told in 2 Chronicles 17 that he sent a team of officials, Levites, and priests to ALL the cities of Judah. Their task was not to proclaim royal decrees or whip the masses into line but to teach the Book of the Law among the people! Imagine that.
It reminds us why we embrace Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) as the spiritual component of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategies used in Cote d’Ivoire. The task of sharing the Good News is too great to wait for people to come to a building, although corporate worship is a beautiful privilege for believers. Individuals and families desperately need to know how to study God’s Word at home, hear from Him daily and personally, and be capable of sharing the Truth with their circles of influence. Then we will see more and more movements of people coming to Jesus in our day and time.
This week we viewed a video about Disciple Making Movements (DMM) and Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) created by friends in France. Using DBS and CHE, they labor to see movements of people come to Christ in Europe, a challenging terrain where millions remain disillusioned with “the church.” Although the French videos may not benefit many of our English readers, they will assist others. (Thusfar, other videos in the French series include: Ta Carte OIKOS, Les Groupes de Découverte, and La Grande Histoire). The content reminds us that for 100 years, the percentage of Christians in the world has been relatively “stuck” at 33%, as mentioned in a prior resource video we’ve shared. However, since the early 1990s, followers of Jesus have seen the Lord work prodigiously through DMM. Around 10 movements were carefully documented in 1999, 30 in 2005, about 80 in 2011, and in 2020, approximately 1,370 movements of people were coming to Christ. That entails approximately 80 million new members of the Kingdom in two short decades! Thank you so much for sending us here to equip Ivorians. They, too, could experience that kind of movement here.
When we Cannot go
Sometimes we want to go but get delayed. That happened to us this week. Verlin expected to leave on Wednesday to visit CHE ministry partners scattered around the country. It is time to finalize presentations for partners who plan to participate in the Scientific Congress in Abidjan in September. Instead, he stayed home to care for Debbie as she developed cellulitis and experienced a spike in blood pressure for one day. She is much better now, but then he developed pink eye mid-week. Clearly, this week was not on the Lord’s agenda for Verlin to travel, but we expect him to travel soon.
Prayer & Praise
- ???? Thank the Lord for His healing touch on both of us. Hopefully, we are through with illnesses for a while! August 6th COVID statistics reported from Cote d’Ivoire are as follows: 50,893 confirmed cases since January 3 of 2020 and 338 deaths.
- ???? Pray for a multiplication of millions of people coming to Christ in our generation! It is possible!
- ???? Continue to pray for upcoming travels and team preparation for the university training.
Verlin and Debbie
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).