Skype bridges gap in Greensboro
    November 15 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    The International Mission Board report Nov. 9 came as a personal testimony from missionaries seeking to live out the Great Commission in a South Asian country void of almost any gospel witness.

    Thanks to a live Skype connection, James and Sharon* shared with messengers about how God called them to minister in Nepal as church planters once James graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

    They then returned stateside for a few years and are now back in South Asia, this time in a different country to focus on unreached people groups.

    The state where James and Sharon live has a population of 70 million. One percent is Christian. Out of 54,000 villages and towns, 8,000 have a Christian presence and that presence may only be one believer.

    “It’s a very, very dark place,” James said. Yet, the couple feels “honored to have been sent out.”

    James and Sharon spoke about the importance of the Great Commission not just to their calling to South Asia but to their teaching in their country.

    “We go out and we encourage and work alongside brothers and sisters to help make new disciples,” James said.

    James said they often use storytelling as a means to share the gospel, and a story they like to tell is of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet and then wiped His feet with her hair. It is an example of an extravagant love and devotion to Jesus.

    “That love is the basis of discipleship,” James said. “Being a disciple is being obedient to what we know-no matter how much it is.”

    Sharon thanked North Carolina Baptists for supporting international missions.

    “This is from our heart,” she said. “We are so thankful for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program. That’s what makes living here easier for us. The offerings your churches give, we do not take that for granted.”

    *Names changed for security reasons
    11/15/2010 8:47:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 1 comments

Brent Hobbs
I got to see the Sky video call and it was definitely a highlight of the convention for me. I love hearing about our missionaries working in difficult areas and among unreached people groups. I'm thankful for people like these answering God's call to the nations.
11/16/2010 8:17:28 AM

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