For some years now, GES has made spreading the message of Free Grace available to other countries. GES is not a large organization and our work in this area would be considered modest by at least some folks. But the work is taking place, nonetheless, and it is consistent.
Usually, we go to places in which we have some free grace contacts, or places where we have been in the past. My daughter Kathryn and I often go as a team. In April, for example, we are scheduled to return to Zambia to teach two classes at a Bible college. This will be the sixth year we have done this if the Lord allows.
But this year, GES is doing something for the first time. There is a Free Grace missionary couple in Chihuahua, Mexico that has asked me to come and do some teaching and preaching there. I have been to Mexico on teaching trips before, but not to this area. There is a small Bible college, and there will also be opportunities to minister in local churches. In addition, I have been asked to teach some classes on the importance of Free Grace theology to the English-speaking missionaries in the area. Finally, it will give me a chance to practice my Spanish. I want to help the missionary couple there in any way I can. Lord willing, it will turn into an ongoing partnership if the Lord tarries.
After my time there, I have been asked to do a pastors’ conference in Nicaragua for about 60 pastors. I have never been to that country. Since I will be in the “neighborhood,” the board thought it would be a good idea if I did so. This was made possible because some pastors in Nicaragua saw the pastors’ conference streaming online that GES did in Costa Rica a few months earlier. The guys in Nicaragua wanted us to come and explain Free Grace to them. We will be able to give these pastors some Free Grace material in Spanish, including three books.
It was exciting to see that what we are doing is indeed reaching people, not only in the US, but in other countries as well. I know that many of you who read these blogs are interested in what GES is doing in these areas. You support it in various ways. I can assure you that the board is very interested as well and we are always looking for ways to effectively get the message of grace out to as many people as we can. The Lord, of course, commands that we be faithful in doing so. The numerical size of the work is not the important factor. Even so, many are hearing the message.
Oftentimes, my wife is not able to go on these trips. This time, however, she will accompany me. Not only am I happy for that, it will give her the opportunity to keep me “from dressing like a bum.” I don’t know what she means by that. She just points me to the pictures I send her from these trips.
What all of you can do is to pray for this ministry. One of the things we are hoping to see is for more pastors in various countries to understand the message of grace. It is difficult for them because of the lack of study materials and because of various cultural and traditional factors. Almost always, they have only heard an Arminian or Lordship perspective from missionaries. The same thing is true for the Bible colleges they attend.
We can take heart, however, that the Lord wants the truth to be proclaimed. We are all doing His work. That is what matters.