Around age 40 I began to realize that I would not be able to personally present Jesus to every person on earth. That had been my goal from age 25 when, with the call of God, I realized that I was to “preach My gospel to the nations.” By 40 I had been around a bit and with the death of my father I realized the frailty of life. I became keenly aware of the need to make disciples and to thereby be multiplied into many young people who would reach all the earth with the good news that Jesus is risen and that the resurrection message would transform nations. Three years later brought us to Singapore, walking and praying and speaking revival of the church and a visitation of the Holy Spirit in South East Asia, and this ministry was born. Now we are Friends Around the Table and active in 75 nations. Through the book Attack Lambs and the YouTube teachings on prayer and mission, we are in even more places. It’s amazing how the Lord is faithful concerning His promises.
This year has brought us into a very close relationship with the ministry Fellowship of Christian Athletes. If you were looking for a disciplined group of young men and women to complete the Great Commission in your life time, where would you look? Anthony Infante is a member of New Life Christian Ministries in Saxonburg, Penn. Anthony volunteers (read: raises his own support) with FCA in Butler, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties here in Pennsylvania. His task is to disciple student leaders and equip them for a weekly bible study at their public school for both athletes and non-athletes. Focused especially on the student athlete, Anthony serves groups called Huddles in nine high schools and has four more groups in process. The groups average 40 members each. So this young man, supporting himself in a lawn care business, is touching the lives of more than 500 students in local high schools bringing them the word of God, fellowship, and prayer on the grounds of public schools. Want to make a gift? Send it to us for him and he will get it all.
Saturday before Labor Day I was in San Pedro, California at Light at the Lighthouse, the Music Festival covered by SEAPC. We have 4 stages and 50 groups that range from heavy metal to traditional worship. This year we were blessed by the international champion skateboarder and his family who shared their testimony. About 5,000 people show up through the day and the gospel is presented about every 15 minutes. Dr. Bill Fleury and his family have carried the tradition for more than a decade. I was talking with a group from Trinity Lutheran Church about prayer walking when I saw a tall young man walking by. Calling to him, I introduced Shane to the group. Shane is the FCA worker for the Los Angeles area schools. He is serving FCA Huddles on 15 campuses in LA county. He is directly in touch with major athletic programs and reports of hundreds of young people on fire for Jesus. These are swimmers and hoopers and gymnasts and all those people you saw in the Olympics. These are young people who stand for Christ on their campus and who form a brother- and sisterhood that is shaking the world. Just before that meeting I was in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia where the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia accepted our suggested physical education curriculum. It is a melding of the Presidential Physical Fitness Test and selected sports training with Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Bible-based character development material. It was put together by Justin McGurgan, an FCA worker we have adopted and the young man who has lived for a year in Cambodia and is now pioneering a National Baseball League for the nation.
God said, “In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply you until you are as the sands of the sea for number.” The emerging generation is global. They will travel further and influence more people than any previous generation. We are thrilled to meet FCA on university campuses and now on high school campuses across this great land and they will go. Just as Justin has gone and is shaping the future of an entire nation, so they will go. Please identify the FCA representative in your area and partner with them for your schools.
There are three things we can do to reach the nations. First, identify the foreign student ministries on campuses near you and volunteer to help them. Second, make a place at your holiday table for a couple of foreign students. Third and most importantly, pray daily for the foreigner in our midst. Prayer changes people and people change nations. The foreign student who is in America is here because of their rank and status in their homeland. You and I have the opportunity to embrace a nation by embracing a student. Take the step.
~ Mark Geppert