Friday, December 07, 2018, 12:00 AM
Lottie Moon Week of Prayer (12/2 - 12/9)
Day 6, Week of Prayer - East Asia ~ Come Back Changed
Keith Wieser said he’s found a surefire way to develop courage in sharing your faith—go to East Asia. Over the past three years, more than 80 students have participated in his church’s partnership with IMB workers in that region, going there to serve for 10 weeks in the summer or two weeks on Christmas break. That experience changes everything, said Keith, who serves as lead pastor of Resonate Church, a Washington state-based church with campuses in Idaho and Oregon.
“They come back, and their perspective on their life and on the world is completely changed,” he said. “They see lostness where they had just seen regularity, and they see themselves as missionaries more than when they left.”
When he looks across his church and identifies the highest-impact individuals—the ones who are highly evangelistic disciple-makers—they’ve all had this same overseas experience. It develops their courage muscle, Keith said. “Going to East Asia not only opens their eyes to the lostness [but also] shows them that they can do something about it.”
It also makes a lasting impact on the East Asian students they meet while they’re there.
“We’ve seen 13 college students decide to make a decision for Christ,” Keith said. “There are four house churches that have been started in the past year or so.”