- Tue, Jan 05, 2010
The motive of a true missionary is to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ; he is concerned for the eternal souls of people. But he is also concerned about the whole person, which includes his physical welfare. If the missionary does nothing for the physical needs of the people around him, then he is not following the teachings of Scripture.
An excerpt from Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Saturday morning Ben and Quan worked repairing the chicken coop. It was unseasonably warm for early November. Ben wasn’t a skilled laborer, but he was actually enjoying learning some skills that didn’t involve high finances, budget projections, and long-term strategies. The men spoke of old classmates, dorm buddies, and campus escapades, uncovering a flood of pleasant memories that had long lain dormant.
Ming brought out a tray with water and biscuits for the men. While seated under the ginkgo, they talked and laughed a half hour.
“Li Quan is not ...
The apostle Paul gave us our top priority: “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Alcorn supports the persecuted church around the world through his organization Eternal Perspective Ministries. In spite of the image the Chinese government portrays, Alcorn has found that the Chinese have very limited religious freedom. In fact, a recent Newsweek article reported that Chinese communists demolished approximately 1,500 houses of worship in just six months (“The Changing Face of the Church,” April 16, 2001).
Randy Alcorn shares about what it means to him to have his books translated into other languages, pointing out some of his favorite covers.