Author: Jeremy Henderson, V. P. of Communications and Missions Mobilization
As I am about to board Turkish Airlines, headed for Arusha, Tanzania, later this afternoon, I am reminded about what will likely happen as I encounter people along the way. From the Muslim college student headed to the states on my last overseas journey (we talked for what seemed like hours, reading together straight from the Bible), to the educational trainer who just happened to attend the same university as I in 1991, one never knows who might end up a travel companion. Inadvertently, each individual asks: "So, what do you do?" When I mention the word mobilization to most people, it evokes a quizzical look in response. However, mobilization is an integral part of not only what we do at Go To Nations, but it is truly about connecting God's people with His mission.
"The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news."
Psalm 68:11 (NLT)
When Christ took hold of my life in 1991, I had been a man without purpose, without direction. Through the course of my own personal Biblical study, as well as significant friends who simply (organically) helped disciple me, I realized that the Great Commission mentioned in Matthew 28:19-20 was God's purpose for my life individually--not just for a church or for other believers. Helping entire communities grasp this same vision is what mobilization is all about; simply put, mobilization means that we point people who know and follow Jesus to entire groups of people who don't know Jesus. Employed in military terminology (first used in Russia around 1850), mobilization has to do with strategically coordinating troops and resources to where most needed in each battle; it also has to do with engaging civilians to supply the purposes armed forces. It is about the "great army" of Psalm 68:11 bringing the Good News to a hurting world.
DESCRIPTION of VIDEO: God has so orchestrated this movement, that we are seeing explosive growth in places like East Africa. On October 24th, 2016 we will be conducting a "Pathway to the Nations" Conference for Tanzanian church leaders--Go To Nations has been continually invited to many African nations.
On October 5th, we were joined at our World Headquarters by individuals from a spread of several various global ministries, including the International Mission Board (SBC) and Global Equippers, Inc., for our Missions Mobilizers Summit. The objective of this critical event is to empower church leaders and missions agency leaders with the tools necessary to build strong Great Commission churches worldwide. Through the Global Pathway printed and online materials (see globalpathway.org), including Steps to the Mission Field, we come alongside the local church (both stateside and overseas) and practically help leaders to see dynamic change in ministry focus as well as ministry effectiveness cross-culturally.
From Ufa, Russia, to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, believers are "catching the vision" for Missions Mobilization, walking out the greatest command ever given, and pleasing the heart of God who "loved the world so much that He gave ..." his absolute Best for our redemption. Are you intentionally responding to His personal call to mobilize the nations?
Jeremy and his wife, Susan, have been married for 17 years, and have two amazing children: Josiah and Sophia. Global Missions has always been a vision and a passion of the family. Jeremy graduated with a B.A. in Church Ministries from Southeastern University, and has been an Ordained Minister through the General Council of the Assemblies of God since 2006. Jeremy is currently ministering with Go To Nations as Vice President of Missions Mobilizations and Vice President of Communications.