From the very first words of God in Scripture to the very last, God’s heart to bless and redeem people from the entire earth is made apparent throughout the grand narrative of the Bible. One of the central ribbons that runs throughout history and God’s story is that He will fill His creation with His majestic glorious presence by indwelling His people and receiving glory through them. This was the purpose for which God created man and woman saying in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.” This was what God promised to accomplish through His people when He said to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” This was what Jesus sent the disciples to do in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This is what Jesus sent His Holy Spirit into the church for, saying in Acts 1:8 that we will be Jesus’ “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And this is exactly what Jesus accomplishes through the church as at the very end of this age Revelation 5:9 tells us that there will be “people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
People from every language will be covered by the blood of Jesus and present to worship and obey God for all eternity in the Kingdom of God.
The Joshua Project estimates that they are approximately over 7,000 unreached people groups still throughout the world, recognizing that within a particular nation they are a multitude of different ethnicities and languages. In other words, we have realized that reaching every nation is not about geo-political nations, but about people groups, who speak a heart language and are clearly defined in their cultural constitution from other peoples and languages. Our task as the people of God is thus a sizeable one, to reach all these peoples with the news that Jesus is Lord! We pray zealously, therefore, as a church for all these people groups, using the resources and suggested prayer calendar of the Joshua Project as a vital tool, which can be found by clicking this link.
Beyond praying, we are also committed to going. The country of Wales is one such location where despite a historical exposure to Christianity, there remain people groups and languages unengaged to the Gospel. While Wales is an English-speaking country, many are unaware that Welsh is distinctly spoken language and is the primary heart-language of over 600,000 people. It’s people groups like the Cymry Cymraeg of which Revelation 5:9 speaks! Thus, as we at Lake Gaston Baptist strive to be the church everywhere we go, we have committed to do so among the Welsh! We prayerfully partner with an excellent organization called The CeLT, (more information be found by clicking this link) who are committed to taking the gospel to all the Celtic peoples of Europe. In particular we strive to focus our sending work with Welsh local churches who are committed to the same task, such as Caersalem Chapel (who you can learn more about here). Demographic information on the Cymry Cymraeg can be found here.
How we do so ranges from steady prayer, based on the needs and communications from our brothers and sisters abroad, to regular trips to Wales and surrounding areas to engage with our brothers and sisters and in the advancement of the Kingdom through the Gospel among the Cymry Cymraeg. Our vision to be the church everywhere we go means then that we are not sending mission trips to Wales, but are partnering with and adopting this people in the worship and obedience of the God who creates, calls, and redeems!
What’s Your Part?
Our partnership with Caersalem and the task of making worshipers of all the nations requires prayerful intercessors, senders, and goers! For more information on how to be an active participant in one or more of these ways please contact our Wales partnership leaders!
See the recaps below of our 2015 & 2016 partnership trip:
A Summary of Links to More Information:
Want to go in 2017? Mission Trip Application