"It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone." - Hudson Taylor
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Mobilization
"He is teaching me to stop for ONE. And it is hard and it is ugly. Because every time I stop for that ONE sick child, that ONE hungry old man, that ONE new baby girl, my mind races with the statistics of how many more there are that I am not touching, not feeding, not saving. God whispers every time though that this ONE is enough. That this ONE is feeling His love and that is eternal. ETERNAL. A life changed is worth it, even if only ONE. God's love made known is worth it, even if only to ONE. I will not save them all. But I will keep trying. I will say Yes. I will stop for that ONE no matter how hopeless. Jesus, give us the strength to say yes to whoever you put in our paths today. " - Katie Davis
I recently read Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis, a sweet and obedient servant of Jesus who moved from Nashville, TN, to Uganda and is now the mother of 13 beautiful Ugandan girls. On the surface, her story looks much different than mine -- I mean, I still live in affluent, suburban America -- but as I read her words (a few of them are quoted above) something in my heart agreed completely. Because I can feel the same overwhelming sense of, "It's not enough," when I think about our mobilization work with Uttermost Sports. There are millions living in the 10/40 Window who have never heard of Jesus, and honestly, they may never hear of Him, either. The task of reaching the unreached is impossible, and sometimes the tasks that cross my desk feel that way too.
But it matters for ONE, doesn't it? There might be a handful or a dozen mobilization projects that just don't seem to work out -- we can't find the right person at the right time, or the right opportunity doesn't present itself for that individual who wants to go -- but then in ONE instance God moves and everything is aligned for that ONE person to go and serve and if those circumstance bring even ONE person to saving grace in Jesus ... it is worth it. It is worth hours of fruitless emails and dead-end phone calls; it is worth all the projects that come and go without being filled, just for the ONE that God Himself makes happen. It is worth it.
So we keep up the work, asking God to do more than we ever could (and more than we could ever imagine). And we believe that it is worth it for the ONE life that is touched and changed by grace alone. "God's love made known is worth it, even if only to ONE." May God continue to give us the strength to say yes to Him!
For the Win[dow],
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Colossians 3:3
"For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Morocco
In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of king. Although Morocco is not the UN-recognized Administering Power for the Western Sahara, it exercises de facto administrative control over 80% of the territory. The UN since 1991 has monitored a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front and leads ongoing negotiations over the status of the territory. King MOHAMMED VI in early 2011 responded to the spread of pro-democracy protests in the region by implementing a reform program that included a new constitution, passed by popular referendum in July 2011, under which some new powers were extended to parliament and the prime minister but ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch. In November 2012, the Justice and Development Party - a moderate Islamist party - won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the Moroccan Government. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for widespread distribution of evangelistic materials among the many unreached people groups.
- Pray for those troubled by increasing tensions between Islamists and moderates to be open to the Good News.
- Pray for fellowship and freedom from fear for isolated believers.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.