A big world out there . . .

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An Israeli Arab pastor baptising another Israeli Arab from a Muslim background was the last baptism we witnessed in the Sea of Galilee a few Sabbaths ago. There were hugs and tears of joy.

However, this was not the only baptism witnessed by my wife Pam and I, along with other General Conference division presidents and their wives. There were Filipinos and Ghanaians from Christian backgrounds, and Jews from Russian, Romanian and Israeli backgrounds; baptised into Jesus, becoming members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In front of about 500 Adventists, 25 people were baptised in Israel.

Sometimes I focus on my little world—the issues in my local church, district or conference—and forget there is a huge world out there to reach with Jesus.

Encouragingly, 25 others from similar backgrounds committed themselves to future baptism. The joy within me overflowed. When I see God working miracles in the lives of people in difficult places I don’t know how else to respond.

Sometimes I focus on my little world—the issues in my local church, district or conference—and forget there is a huge world out there to reach with Jesus. This is why people go on outback STORMcos or foreign fly’n’builds. It’s why more than 30 pastors spent two hours at Governor Phillip Lookout in Dee Why praying for the coastal strip of Sydney where it is estimated there is only one Seventh-day Adventist for every 4000 people. It’s why the Trans-Pacific Union sponsors two global mission pioneers in a large city in China.

We see a bigger picture because we serve the BIGGEST God. “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if I told you” (Habakkuk 1:5 ESV).

Activists suggest we think globally and act locally. I suggest we pray globally and work and pray locally. God might surprise us with a multiplying harvest.

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